Manuel Mathieu

Manuel (who I first discovered at the Armory Show) is a contemporary Haitian visual artist best known as a painter of abstract works that often evoke figurative shapes in nondescript environments. Mathieu draws from Haitian visual cultures and from Western art movements such as expressionism and existentialism.

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Myra Greene

Artforum has words about Myra’s current series of textually deep work that underscores, I think, the potential of non-representational work to carry potent symbolism:

Piecework refers to labor paid according to the number of items produced rather than the amount of time spent on the job. Often associated with the ruthless economic exploitation of the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, this system …is sadly making a comeback—thanks to its versatility in allowing employers to get around minimum-wage and other labor laws…”

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Suzanne Jackson

Although I don’t paint an interpersonal iconography I am perpetually fascinated by those who do. So glad the pictures in the article above were crap because it lead me to read more about this quite interesting #blackartist.

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El Anatsui and Georgina Maxim

Saw El at Biennale and was over the moon to walk into NCMA and find that our state is now home to a great piece of his- his modality is similar to Elias Simes, another great hailing from Africa which NCMA has included in the permanent collection. Georgina is also an African artist, who’s work is included because, like El, it reminds me of another artist (Al Loving). Juxtaposing is fun.

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Al Loving

I’ve been following a hashtag on IG for Al so I can see snaps of his work that still gets shown. You can see from the first image why I was first drawn to him. Loving was well known for hard-edge, geometric abstract painting. However, he felt a tension between his work and his identity as an African American in a time of racial injustice, civil rights struggles, and the rise of the Black Power movement. In the early 1970s, he took a new direction with shaped, colorful, fabric-based works inspired by quilts.

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