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Be Brutal
  • Ganzeer
    born 1982
    born: Giza, Egypt
    Booklyn, Inc., publisher
    founded 1999
    Bushwick Print Lab, printer
    founded 2009
  • Be Brutal, 2015
  • Ganzeer's Trouble Trunk
  • Where object was made: New York, New York, United States
  • screen print
  • Object Height/Width: 673 x 505 mm
    Object Height/Width: 26 1/2 x 19 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: Shirley Cundiff Haines and Jordan L. Haines Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0025.09

Imitating a recruitment poster, this print is critiquing the New York Police Department. Text along the side reads “Be Brutal” in large block letters. An image of police officers holding down Eric Garner, a Black man, is the central image of this piece.