About the Work
What is a self-portrait of an anonymous artist? The Bruce High Quality Foundation, known for their humorous and irreverent projects that take a critical stance towards the current market's seemingly insatiable appetite for hyped new artists, answers this question ad nauseum by insinuating the image cum icon of their namesake - Bruce High Quality - into thousands of images from popular culture and art history. Simultaneously a face and a mask, an insertion into history and a blotting out, BHQF uses the problematic of its own existence to metonymically reveal the tenuous footholds of truth, history, and humanity. Self Portrait (Sometimes That Just Happens) sees Bruce High Quality as a young pop idol, repurposing Michael Jordan's iconic #23 Bulls jersey, a symbol of aspirant African American masculinity, as one of exuberant tween sexuality. Sometimes that just happens.
The Bruce High Quality Foundation, the official arbiter of the estate of Bruce High Quality, is dedicated to the preservation of the legacy of the late social sculptor, Bruce High Quality. The Foundation also heads the free institution BHQFU, which provides learning opportunities and residencies for artists. From 2008 to 2014, BHQF hosted expansive, open call exhibitions called “Brucennials,” built in the spirit of collaboration and community rather than curation and exclusivity. Their solo exhibition, “Vive la Sociale!” was mounted at Almine Rech Gallery (Brussels) in 2014; other recent exhibitions have taken place at the Brooklyn Museum, the Lever House, Susan Inglett Gallery (New York), Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin), and Galerie Bruno Bischofberger (Zürich). The BHQF was featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial (New York), as well as additional group exhibitions at MoMA PS1 (Queens), Acquavella Gallery (New York), and Centre Pompidou (Paris).
Authentication & Resale
This work is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed and numbered by the artist.
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Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Allow 3-5 weeks for framing and delivery.
All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced engineered hardwood that is manufactured in the USA. Frames are available in Black or White Matte and Walnut.
Prints are hinged to a conservation quality, acid-free and lignin-free Cellulose matboard, using acid-free polyethylene cloth tape. Each mat’s surface paper is fade and bleed resistant and is attached to a conversation quality foam-core board. Some of our work (typically those pieces with a deckled edge) is floated on the matboard with spacers to separate the artwork from the glazing.
We use museum quality .060 mm plexiglass to frame your work. It blocks 82-85% of UV rays to prevent color fading from exposure to light, protecting your art for years to come.
Our White and Black frames have a ⅞” wide flat face and are 15/16” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.
Our Natural and Walnut frames have a ¾” wide flat face and are 1 ⅛” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.
Any artwork that is floated will be placed in a frame that has a ⅝” wide flat face and is 1 5/16” deep. Work will be floated with a 1” border around it.
Shippings & Returns
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We are unable to accept returns on custom framed artwork. Our general policy is that we do not accept returns. If your print arrives damaged or does not meet your expectations, you may be eligible for a replacement or return. Any issues must be reported within 5 business days of receipt by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.