new-york

Renée Cox

Cristinerose Gallery

Renée Cox recently introduced gallery-goers to Raje, a superhero played by the artist herself. To borrow a term from the club world she would seem to hail from, Rajé is fierce. With dreads piled high on her head, a skintight synthetic outfit in the colors of the Jamaican and Rastafarian flags, and black rubber thigh-high boots, she shows up in wrong-righting, justice—restoring situations in eleven large Cibachrome prints.

Chief among the wrongs she battles is racial prejudice. In Taxi (all works 1998), for instance, a Fifty-Foot Woman–sized Rajé crouches over Times Square to halt a speeding cab with silver, Freddy Krueger–like extensions on her middle fingers (Batman and Catwoman peer out from a billboard behind her), redressing the humiliation commonly experienced by African-Americans of being refused by passing taxis. In The Liberation of Lady J. and U.B. she leads Aunt Jemima and

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