Willie Cole


Willie Cole News

Four of Willie Cole’s Highpoint Editions prints from his Beauties series will be exhibited at the University of Richmond’s Harnett Museum of Art in Virginia. RoseIda MaeWilly Mae, and Saphire will be on view starting August 17th through December 4th, 2016.  This exhibition was organized by the University of Richmond Museums and curated by Executive Director Richard Waller.

Finding power in the use and representation of domestic objects in his artwork, Cole and the Highpoint staff flattened real ironing boards, inked them, and ran them through an intaglio press. Cole named all of the twenty-seven prints from this Beauties series after family members and slaves and servants that Cole has come across in his research on the African American history in the United States. As Mason Riddle described in her essay Uncommon Objects | Uncommon Narratives: New Prints by Willie Cole, “In their specificity, the poetic, even nostalgic names reify the ironing board image as narrative, giving an aesthetic presence to the domestic servant who toiled at it every day.”

Click here to see read more about the exhibition on the University of Richmond Museums’ website.


Artwork: Rose, Ida Mae, Willy Mae, & Saphire | Intaglio & relief | 63.5 x 22.5 inches each | Editions of 3

Photo credit: David Kern

Willie Cole (b. 1955) earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York and at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts. A native of New Jersey, the artist lives and works in his home state.

Willie Cole’s work has been acquired and exhibited by many stellar institutions, including:
The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; MCA Chicago; the National Gallery of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Cleveland Art Museum; Walker Art Center; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and numerous others.

More information can also be found on the artist’s website: