Charles Gaines was born in 1944 in Charleston, South Carolina. The artist received his BA from Jersey State College in 1966 and his MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1967. A conceptual artist, Gaines’ work investigates the ways in which society produces distinctions and categories. Examining the underlying structures of social and political life, the artist calls attention to the systems that organize our daily lives and the inequities and injustices they produce.

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