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Mark Bradford’s “150 Portrait Tone”

Mark Bradford’s “150 Portrait Tone” is a mural-sized composition that the artist conceived after the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a Minnesota police officer in July 2016. The title “150 Portrait Tone” refers to the name and color code of the pink acrylic used throughout the painting. Like the now-obsolete “flesh” crayon in the Crayola 64 box, the color “portrait tone” carries inherent assumptions about who is being depicted and presents a sobering commentary on power and representation. Video by Bank of America. Created by Smarthistory.

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