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Joe Overstreet’s contribution to American art history has spanned a lifetime, and his work is now just starting to get the long overdue recognition he’s always deserved. Nothing was much clearer then the solo show “Innovation of Flight” in 2017 in New York City. As Roberta Smith commented, “I look forward to seeing these exuberant, groundbreaking creations becoming standards in museums and new art histories.” As a community organizer and activist, Overstreet’s long-term commitment to generations of artists will ultimately be defined as a tireless dedication to what is right about the art world.
The substance of painting is personal, but experimenting with paint is the fun part. For me, painting the same way year after year would be worse than a prison sentence. [. . .] I started out as a painter from the time I was 3 or 4 years old, and I intend to end that way.