Tyrrell Winston and Jammie Holmes

Library Street Collective is pleased to present the fifth iteration of Alliance, featuring Tyrrell Winston and Jammie Holmes. The artists' collaborative work Soul (No Cap) will be auctioned to support Let’s Do Better to fund the Harlem Baseball Hitting Academy. Bids will be accepted from September 8th through Sunday, September 12th, at 9 PM EST.

Soul (No Cap) channels the spirit of American iconography while addressing the current socio-political climate. Winston, who has toyed with New York iconography over the course of his career, sees the Yankee cap as a bastion for time, place, and status. The hat is bigger than baseball—it represents to a certain extent the American Dream. But what is the American Dream? Holmes’ flag is independent from the influence of any other that exists, and engages in a personal discussion about black identity and its relationship to society. This narrative is visually represented through the imagery within the flag: the pair of upside-down white arches represent Holmes’ eyes, and the black fabric with which they are situated represents his skin. Across the frame, Holmes boxes in a star, a recognizable symbol included for its common association with traditional flags. Lining the bottom of the flag is a red stripe and a green stripe, the incorporation of the Pan-African colors unifying Holmes’ intimate experiences with those of the Black community as a whole.

Estimated value: $12,000-$15,000

Terms *

The cost of shipping and insurance will be included in the final bid price and will be coordinated by Library Street Collective. Shipping time may take up to 4-6 weeks based on the winning bidder's location. International buyers are responsible for any customs duties/taxes. The winning bidder accepts all terms of sale and agrees that the work will not be resold for a minimum of five years from the date of purchase. Copyright of the artwork is non-transferable and remains the property of the artist. Bids will only be considered if placed through the Alliance platform on Library Street Collective’s website.

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Tyrrell Winston and Jammie Holmes

Soul (No Cap), 2021
Custom cut wood panel, canvas, silkscreen ink and acrylic
23.5h x 33.5w in

New York as a medium plays an intricate part in my oeuvre, I've always looked at these caps as a type of self-portraiture. And while various countries' flags can be found on the sides of baseball caps, Jammie's flag is a prescient piece of work that is deeply personal. I'm honored that we could collaborate with the proceeds benefiting an organization that benefits the youth of Harlem and Bedstuy.

— Tyrrell Winston

Being a fan of plenty of different teams and owning their caps, I’ve always been questioned where I’m from depending on the hat I’m wearing. The hat acts as a way to represent where a person is from, and with the addition of my flag, I believe it’s the same representation of what I stand for. Sometimes when you wear a New York Yankees hat, it's saying you are from that city, but also that you support that city and the people who live in it. By adding my personal flag to the hat, which for me represents seeing the world through a Black person’s eyes, it is a way to show that you either are Black or you are standing up for Black people and supporting their experience.

— Jammie Holmes

Tyrrell Winston and Jammie Holmes — undefined

Tyrrell Winston and Jammie Holmes

Soul (No Cap), 2021
Custom cut wood panel, canvas, silkscreen ink and acrylic
23.5h x 33.5w in

Let's Do Better

Let’s Do Better stands to educate and raise awareness on the many unshared experiences, injustices, and disparities that exist within the Black American diaspora. Founded in 2020, Let's Do Better uses creative product and vivid storytelling to build empathy and convey an accurate understanding of the Black experience. The collective’s ultimate goal is to shift the culture of future generations through encouraging a universal want to create a more just society for Blacks in America.

In addition to education, the three partners of Let's Do Better use the revenue from their product sales and private funding to drive their philanthropic arm, The Doing Better Foundation, which exists to financially empower individuals and local organizations who embody the commitment to creating a more just society for Blacks in America.

All of the proceeds from Soul (No Cap) will go to benefit the Harlem Baseball Hitting Academy.

We believe that today’s youth culture is tomorrow’s American culture. If you want a better future, you’ve got to connect with the next generation today. If we’re going to truly end racism against Black people in America, we have to exercise it from tomorrow’s culture.

— Let's Do Better

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