Indiana University Art Museum Pictures America: Lightening Lipstick

Explore the image Lightening Lipstick created by Robert Colescott in 1994

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Questions to Consider [show/hide]

Title: Lightening Lipstick
Artist: Robert Colescott
Date: 1994

  1. How would you describe the woman to the far left?
  2. How does the figure to the far left compare and contrast to the woman standing next to her?
  3. Why do you think this particular part of the world map is shown so prominently in the center of the painting?
  4. How has the artist presented this serious subject?
  5. What do you think Colescott is trying to express by including the spectrum of colors and numbered faces in the top-left?
  6. How does Colescott emphasize that the person on the far right side of the painting is grappling with mixed racial identities?

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