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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Black Cowboys

By Blake Gopnik

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at

(Courtesy Sonnabend Gallery)

Daily Pic: "Young Man with Du-Rag, Bynes Trail Ride, Swainsboro, Georgia," by Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, from a show called "Black Cowboys" at Sonnabend Gallery in New York. In their earlier portfolios, such as those on German "Indians" and the world-wide doppelgangers of Brooklyn's Lubavitcher headquarters, there was a hint of irony. In this latest body of photos, there's just respectful exploration of a little-known phenomenon. Though black cowboys flourished in the 19th century, they've fallen out of our national consciousness. Robbins and Becher reveal how their culture is still thriving - if buried - in the African-American community.

By Blake Gopnik  | October 15, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Galleries  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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