Lyle Ashton Harris’s Blow Up

Yesterday I spent the day listening to excellent talks on soccer and art. Daniel Haxall, a professor at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania drew our attention to Blow Up, a series of installations by Lyle Ashton Harris. At the center of Blow Up is this shoe advertisement featuring Zindane in a pose that looks an awful lot like that of Manet’s Olympia (scroll down), as she’s being attended to by a black servant.

Lyle Ashton Harris Ready Made

Lyle Ashton Harris, Ready Made, 2001.

Ashton Harris Blow Up Sevilla

Lyle Ashton Harris, Blow Up (Sevilla), 2001

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Lyle Ashton Harris, installation view of Blow Up at Scottsdale Museum of Art, 2008

Manet, Olympia, 1863

Manet, Olympia, 1863

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