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Braddock Steel

  • medium Acrylic on found door
  • edition 1
  • size 30.25w x 79.25h in
  • created 2013
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SKU: 231102006 Artist: Tags: ,
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COA: This work comes with a certificate of authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Additional Info: Braddock Steel is a portrait of a place, an era, and a person. I first saw Henderson when he appeared in the documentary Struggles in Steel, about the fight for civil rights in the steel mills of Pittsburgh. He spoke so passionately and full of deep feelings about what it was like to triumph over culture and a system that at first refused to see them or respect their basic humanity. When the steel mills shut down, they were afraid that the story of all they’d done would be lost, and so some local filmmakers beautifully captured their history. As someone who has long worked to create new momentum and renewed energy in the shadow of the collapse of that industry, I found his story so moving. Now that we are working to get the church into the hands of the black community, I feel that donating this work to the cause and that allowing this portrait supporting it could be such a good way to pass their inspiration forward.