PERSONAL TO POLITICAL: CELEBRATING THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS OF THE PAULSON FONTAINE PRESS – MILLS COLLEGE ART MUSEUM
January 22 - March 13Free
There is no singular way to address the conversation of race and representation in contemporary art. Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of the Paulson Fontaine Press presents fourteen artists who capture the personal narratives and political discourses of African Americans across the country, reflecting a collective experience expressed in uniquely individual ways. This powerful exhibition of figurative and abstract artworks channels the poetics of the human experience from past and present and boldly presents ideas about history, identity, personal stories, and spiritual inspiration.
At the heart of this show is Berkeley-based fine art print studio Paulson Fontaine Press, who over the past two decades has developed an unparalleled roster of internationally celebrated artists who characterize the fresh perspectives that are today’s avant-garde.
Personal to Political features works by Edgar Arceneaux, Radcliffe Bailey, McArthur Binion, Gee’s Bend Quilters (Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta Bennett, Loretta Pettway), Lonnie Holley, David Huffman, Samuel Levi Jones, Kerry James Marshall, Martin Puryear, Gary Simmons, and Lava Thomas. The exhibition was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.
IMAGE: Detail from David Huffman, Basketball Pyramid, 2007, Color aquatint, spit bite sugar lift, soft ground and hard ground etching, 41.5 in x 49 in.