Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Romare Bearden’s Rarely Seen Abstract Side

By Roberta Smith
Romare Bearden’s “Wine Star,” from 1959, on view (and online) at DC Moore Gallery.Credit...Romare Bearden Foundation; via DC Moore Gallery
An unfamiliar side of the work of the great American modernist Romare Bearden is the subject of an exceptional exhibition on view (by appointment) and online at DC Moore Gallery: the improvisational abstract paintings he made from 1958 to around 1962. Bearden (1911-88) is best known for his indelible figurative collage depictions of African-American life in all its quotidian richness, strength and struggle. These efforts, arguably his greatest, even took some artistic revenge. Made of fragments of cutup magazine images, their angular figures and faces in particular pushed Cubism back toward its primary source, African sculpture. They were both formally innovative and fraught with the signal event of their era: the civil rights movement. [More]

Monday, March 30, 2020

Philip Campbell's COVID-19 Inspired Social Art Project: Colorful Masks

COVID-19 inspired masks by Philip Campbell are a social art project
Working out of his studio in downtown Indianapolis, Alpha & Omega Prize - 2016 honoree Philip Campbell describes his newest creations as his "current social art project." We're big fans of this wood sculptor--a carver to be more precise, who began making quilts a few years ago "so you could become a participant in my art. You complete each piece by allowing it to comfort, warm, and protect you." There are two types of artists: traditional whose art expresses their take on the world, and there are social artists like Campbell who create to problem solve and create a better world. Find out more by following Philip Campbell at Instagram.com/philipcampbell.