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BARBARA JONES-HOGU (1938 - 2017) I'm Better Than These Motherfuckers and They Know It.
Color screenprint on yellow artificial Japan paper, 1968. 635x927 mm; 25x36 1/2 inches (sheet). From the edition of 10 or fewer impressions printed by the artist.
Provenance: estate of the artist; private collection.
Exhibited: Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, 2018.
Illustrated: Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, p: 54.
This work is one of two different compositions that Jones-Hogu produced using this title. AfriCOBRA members typically produced individual works related to a group-determined theme. The I'm Better Than These Motherfuckers theme was too controversial for some members of the collective. Jones-Hogu produced two related prints, and co-founder Wadsworth Jarrell produced a painting using this title. Another impression of this work is in the collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem. The other, very different, screenprint that Jones-Hogu made using this title is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Both prints use the image of an African American woman on a beach with white sunbathers.