Monday, January 11, 2021

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Ernest Disney-Britton

Immerse Yourself in the Vibrant Bricolage of Aminah Robinson

by Sarah Rose Sharp
Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, "Poindexter Village Ragmud Collection" (1987), fabric book with found objects, 13 x 9.5 x 2.5 inches (image courtesy Columbus Museum of Art, Estate of the Artist)
COLUMBUS, OH — Though Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson was from Columbus, Ohio, and spent the balance of her prodigious seven-decade art career there, a conscious connection to the lineage of West African art-making and African-American history seems to emanate from every surface of Raggin’ On: The Art of Aminah Robinson’s House and Journals. The retrospective of her work at the Columbus Museum of Art is based on the 2015 bequeathal of the majority of her estate (including one dog, who was re-homed) to the museum, and reconstructs not only the history and finished works of this hometown hero and 2004 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, but presents her art as it surrounded her in life. [More]

Sunday, January 10, 2021


"The Last Supper" by Jalen Amir (2020). Gifted by Rishard Allen for the Jesus Room
How do marginalized artists experience the life of Christ? That question drives our art collecting, and a print by Jalen Amir, a Black, non-binary photographer, is the latest addition to our "Jesus Room." 
Taking a stab at white supremacy, the afro-pessimist's "Last Supper" depicts the Black male body as the communion "Eucharist." Influenced by Renaissance artists and Black musicians like Kanye West, Jalen was introduced to us by a friend and is featured this month in Vogue magazine. Jalen Amir is our collector's tip of the week, and pricing is available at

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Ed Ruscha, The Most Famous Catholic Artist Few Catholics Know

By Menachem Wecker
Detail of "Evil" by Ed Ruscha, screenprint on wood veneer, 1973, 19 7/8" x 30 1/8", featured in "Ed Ruscha: OKLA," running Feb. 18 to July 5, 2021 at Oklahoma Contemporary (Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian)
If Ed Ruscha's name is unfamiliar, you're in extensive company. Since 2015, Google searches for obsolete mimeographs have outpaced those for the Catholic-born octogenarian, whom museums practically venerate, from the London Tate to Los Angeles' Broad. For those who extol price tags, a 1964 Ruscha oil painting sold in Nov. 2019 for nearly $52.5 million. Even less common, Oklahoma Contemporary addresses Ruscha's Catholicism. Of 70 exhibited works, 10 appear in a section named for one of them, "51% Angel, 49% Devil" (1984). Catholic ceremony and visual icons have affected him subtly and appear occasionally in his work. "I am a confirmed atheist today, but the church helped me get where I am." [More