Pope.L

American, b. 1955

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Pope.L

American, b. 1955

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Pope.L, who calls himself “The Friendliest Black Artist in America©” and is among the foremost contemporary performance artists, addresses labor, race, and identity in projects both searing and humorous. His work, which also includes photographs, sculptures, writings, paintings, drawings, and community projects, aligns with Fluxus. Asked if he considers himself an activist, he replied: “When people use the word activism today, it sounds like after-ism...The space I create in my work for others is more formalist, like, ‘change the world’” Among his numerous iconic pieces is The Great White Way, 22 miles, 9 years, 1 street (begun 1990), for which Pope.L donned a cape-less Superman costume, strapped a skateboard to his back, and dragged himself up the entire length of Manhattan’s Broadway—a visceral, ridiculous, poignant display, or, in his words, “public prostration in motion.”

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
Art Institute of Chicago
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Group show at a major institution
The Studio Museum in Harlem, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
ArtReview, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
Bienal de Sao Paulo, and 1 more
Biography

Pope.L, who calls himself “The Friendliest Black Artist in America©” and is among the foremost contemporary performance artists, addresses labor, race, and identity in projects both searing and humorous. His work, which also includes photographs, sculptures, writings, paintings, drawings, and community projects, aligns with Fluxus. Asked if he considers himself an activist, he replied: “When people use the word activism today, it sounds like after-ism...The space I create in my work for others is more formalist, like, ‘change the world’” Among his numerous iconic pieces is The Great White Way, 22 miles, 9 years, 1 street (begun 1990), for which Pope.L donned a cape-less Superman costume, strapped a skateboard to his back, and dragged himself up the entire length of Manhattan’s Broadway—a visceral, ridiculous, poignant display, or, in his words, “public prostration in motion.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Art Institute of Chicago
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Studio Museum in Harlem, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
ArtReview, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Bienal de Sao Paulo, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Pope.L
What Sold at FIAC
Oct 21st, 2019
When Performance Art Takes to the Street, the Results Are Moving
Apr 8th, 2019
The Most Influential Living African American Artists
Feb 25th, 2019
The 20 Most Influential Artists of 2017
Dec 15th, 2017
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