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CORRECTED: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Wales Bonner

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Statement from the Editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic:

Our article dated September 6, 2018 incorrectly stated that Wales Bonner had used imagery from Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series without permission. This was based on information provided to Hyperallergic by The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation. We therefore wish to retract the article in full and we sincerely apologize to Wales Bonner and Grace Wales Bonner personally for this error.

Statement from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation:

The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation confirm that image reproduction rights for a limited number of Jacob Lawrence images were granted to Wales Bonner in the early months of 2018, for a one-of-a-kind clothing design project. The project approval process was initially completed with DACS in the UK, in conjunction with the US-based ARS. Unfortunately the licence agreement was not shared among all persons at the Lawrence Foundation. The Lawrence Foundation and ARS regret any confusion this miscommunication has caused in the media’s reporting on Wales Bonner’s designs, specifically the suggestion that the images were used without permission. This misunderstanding has now been cleared up and all parties are satisfied that they acted in good faith.

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