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Whitfield Lovell

American, b. 1959

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Whitfield Lovell

American, b. 1959

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Whitfield Lovell is best known for his mixed-media installations featuring found objects and drawn portraits of anonymous African Americans. The human subjects of Lovell’s works are frequently sourced from found photographs, dated between the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights movement, though Lovell has also been known to feature figures from family photographs as well. The found objects are usually quotidian yet historically symbolic, like playing cards, ropes, flags, and jewelry. These allegorically examine narratives and themes about family, identity, gender, love, loss, and the passage of time. His inspiration comes in part from songs, films, and poems, to which he alludes in the titles of the pieces. Lovell was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007.

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Biography

Whitfield Lovell is best known for his mixed-media installations featuring found objects and drawn portraits of anonymous African Americans. The human subjects of Lovell’s works are frequently sourced from found photographs, dated between the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights movement, though Lovell has also been known to feature figures from family photographs as well. The found objects are usually quotidian yet historically symbolic, like playing cards, ropes, flags, and jewelry. These allegorically examine narratives and themes about family, identity, gender, love, loss, and the passage of time. His inspiration comes in part from songs, films, and poems, to which he alludes in the titles of the pieces. Lovell was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Whitfield Lovell
The Smithsonian’s New African-American Museum Gives a Powerful Portrait of Black Experience
Sep 22nd, 2016
The Smithsonian’s New African-American Museum Gives a Powerful Portrait of Black Experience
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