Titus Kaphar on Putting Black Figures Back Into Art History

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By Terence Trouillot
Titus Kaphar. Photo: Christian Hogsted.
Titus Kaphar came into the limelight soon after Time magazine commissioned him in 2014 to make a painting for one of its “Person of the Year” finalists, the Ferguson Protesters. The painting, Yet Another Fight For Remembrance (2014), is a 4-by-5-foot tableau depicting a group of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, streaked of white paint, as if erased from the picture plane or, more figuratively, the annals of history. Since then, the 43-year-old artist—in addition to receiving numerous accolades for his work, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2018—has been making paintings and sculptures that confront history head on: how it’s being told visually, and what is wiped from the record. [More]
Titus Kaphar, The Fight for Remembrance II (2014); and Yet Another Fight for Remembrance (2014). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery.