RADICAL VISION & IMAGINATION:
Black Abstract Art In the 21st Century
Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. Black Lives Matter has brought this and other imperatives of social and racial justice to the attention of America and the world. These imperatives are also being called out and realized in the art world. A multitude of Black artist voices and works are seen and heard in the media today, both in print and online.
It wasn’t always so. This exhibition will bring the picture of abstraction to the fore to audiences that may only be familiar with, or associate, Black art, and artists with the figure. It will continue, and build on, the current effort to bring about the systemic structural change of inclusion in the history of contemporary art. It is imperative that a broader conversation, with the public and art institutions, about where art is and where it is going, include Black artists and Black art professionals.
The history of Black abstraction began with the Abstract Expressionist paintings of Norman Lewis in the 1940’s. It continued with the artists Alma Thomas, Ed Clark and Jack Whitten. It continues with Howardena Pindell, Sam Gilliam, Julie Mehretu, Leonardo Drew and Mark Bradford.
Join us at Warburton Galerie in Yonkers on September 10th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Artist Talk Panel: Sunday, September 26th, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Moderated by Halima Taha
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This exhibition, curated by Roger C. Tucker III of Tucker Contemporary Art, will further the conversation to the present with the Radical Vision and Imagination of the exhibition's artists, Dominant Dansby, Victor Davson, Adebunmi Gbadebo and Cynthia Hawkins. The Artist Talk Panel will be moderated by, Halima Taha, a leading authority on collecting African American art, arts management, and the author of Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas.
Four artists, of two generations, present the broader and more dynamic conversation, with the public and art institutions, about the direction of Abstract Art.
US+U/Warburton Galerie is proud to be a grantee of Arts Westchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer, as well as a gracious CDBG recipient with support made possible by the City of Yonkers and Mayor Mike Spano.