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De Blasio Nominates Hank Willis Thomas for Painter Seat of Public Design Commission

Hank Willis Thomas, The Cotton Bowl, series: Strange Fruit, digital c-print, 2011.

Hank Willis Thomas, The Cotton Bowl, from the series “Strange Fruit,” digital c-print, 2011.

COURTESY THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his nominations for the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Public Design Commission. Among them is the artist Hank Willis Thomas, nominated for the Painter seat of the PDC.

Willis Thomas is a sculptor, photographer, and installation artist best known for his conceptual photos that explore issues of identity, race, media, and popular culture.

According to a press release from the City of New York, the Mayor’s nominations have been submitted to the City Council for approval.

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