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2012 The Root 100

Hank Willis Thomas is a contemporary visual artist and photographer whose work tackles themes of racial identity and pop culture.

  • Influence: 178.1
  • Reach: 9.0
  • Substance: 7.7
  • Media Mentions: 108
  • Internet Mentions: 7390
  • Twitter Followers: 1295
  • Hank Willis Thomas

  • Visual artist and photographer whose work, which tackles the themes of racial identity, history and pop culture, has been displayed this year at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and France's Rue Saint-Trophime.
  • Job: Contemporary visual artist
  • Sector: Arts
  • Twitter: @hankwthomas
  • Location: New York City
  • Age: 36
  • Bio: Hank Willis Thomas' thought-provoking work has been exhibited around the world, including earlier this year with a video installation titled "Question Bridge: Black Males" at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. The New Jersey native, who has a bachelor's degree from New York University and two master's degrees from California College of the Arts, grew up around influential photographers, including his mother, photographer and historian Deborah Willis. He said he published his 2008 monograph, Pitch Blackness, to address identity in the age of Obama, playing on "the idea of pitching or throwing away blackness, the permanency of the color black, and the proposal of blackness as a race." Thomas is represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City. Visit his website and like his Facebook page.