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Raymond Saunders

American, b. 1934

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Raymond Saunders

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American, b. 1934

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Raymond Saunders is primarily known for his abstract mixed-media paintings that include collage elements and found text with sociopolitical undertones. His paintings blend figuration with gestural and calligraphic abstraction inspired by improvisational jazz and the work of artists like Cy Twombly and Robert Rauschenberg. The use of found printed material establishes a dialogue between a broader social narrative (often directed at contemporary issues related to politics, race, and religion) and the expressive possibilities of abstraction. Saunders is an extensive traveler, and fragments of the cultural traditions he encounters work their way into his work, in particular folk art techniques. Saunders is similarly well known for his careful draughtsmanship, as well as sculpture, installation, and curatorial work.

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Biography

Raymond Saunders is primarily known for his abstract mixed-media paintings that include collage elements and found text with sociopolitical undertones. His paintings blend figuration with gestural and calligraphic abstraction inspired by improvisational jazz and the work of artists like Cy Twombly and Robert Rauschenberg. The use of found printed material establishes a dialogue between a broader social narrative (often directed at contemporary issues related to politics, race, and religion) and the expressive possibilities of abstraction. Saunders is an extensive traveler, and fragments of the cultural traditions he encounters work their way into his work, in particular folk art techniques. Saunders is similarly well known for his careful draughtsmanship, as well as sculpture, installation, and curatorial work.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
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