Carrie Mae Weems
Not Manet's Type
40 1/16 in. x 20 1/16 in. (101.76 cm x 50.96 cm)
Medium and Support:
Photo-lithograph on paper
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
Photographer Carrie Mae Weems uses herself as a model to explore issues relating to identity, race, and gender. Specifically in this series, she questions why black women are absent throughout much of art historical works. For example, in "Not Manet's Type," Weems utilizes both humor and vulnerability to show that she would not have been the right "type" of model for such well-known artists such as Edouard Manet (French, 1832–1883), Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), or Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887–1968).
Although Weems created "Not Manet's Type" in 2001, it extends the artist's examination into social issues that began in the 1980s. She states, "I emerged in that incredible moment in the 1980s when all kinds of social questions about subjectivity and objectivity, about who was making, who was looking were being asked."