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Gary Simmons: Black Ark Stars (Process Black)

Sale price$2,000.00

Limited edition benefit print from Los Angeles based artist Gary Simmons featuring the artist’s iconic shooting stars, a multivalent symbol that conjures the ephemerality of dreams, hopes and desires.  

100% of sales proceeds will benefit Art to Acres, an initiative for artists, gallerists and collectors with a mission to support large-scale land conservation. Edition of 35 printed by Shoestring Press, each signed and numbered by the artist. Sold unframed. Dedicated to doing more with less, Shoestring Press, founded by Lane Sell and located in Brooklyn, serves artists with printmaking studio space, master printer services, and community.

Gary Simmons: Black Ark Stars (Process Black)
Gary Simmons: Black Ark Stars (Process Black) Sale price$2,000.00


Gary Simmons and Star Iconography 

The star, both widely admired and yet signifying dissonant meanings of loss, hope, dreams and sadness, is one of Simmons’ most used symbols, which he explores through a range of media. In this print, the stars are rendered in an inky black, opposite to the conventional sparkling white, a reference to Marcus Garvey and his Black Star Line steam ship company. The stars rest upon a custom, coffee-infused ink made specifically with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, a nod to the West Indies and connected to Simmons’ important sculptural installation ‘Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark’ (2014 – ongoing).

'Gary Simmons. This Must Be the Place' is on view 25 May through to 29 July 2023 at Hauser & Wirth London.

The Artist


For over 30 years, Simmons’ multidisciplinary practice has probed American history to examine the pervasive nature of racist ideology and its manifestations in visual culture. Drawn from both personal and collective memory, his works address themes of race, identity, politics, and social inequality, and the ways in which these issues are both evident and concealed in the cultural landscape. Simmons draws from popular culture, music, vernacular, and cartoon imagery, specifically the racist characters of early animations.

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