FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“An Experience of Color: Landscapes and Legacies”
Tracing Artistic Legacies from Post-War to the Contemporary.
An exhibition presenting artists of African American and
November 18, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Opening Reception: November 30, 2018, 6-8PM.
Kwesi Abbensetts (2018) Martyrs for the spirit
Spanierman Modern presents An Experience of Color: Landscapes and Legacies, an exhibition by New York-based independent curator Niama Safia Sandy. The show features seven artists, pairing the work of four modernists (Herbert Gentry, Norman Lewis, Sam Middleton, and Bob Thompson) with three contemporary artists (Kwesi Abbensetts, Frank Bowling and Morel Doucet), to crystallize the connection between 20th century abstraction with the modes and concerns of 21st century contemporary art making.
An Experience of Color: Landscapes and Legacies presents the artists’ engagement with form and materials to invoke specific cultural and spatial references. Each work relies upon the malleability of color itself to parse through personal experiences, time, and the representation of physical space with materials ranging from paint, sand, clay, and remnants from magazines and historical texts. The artists also use color as a device to depict space and to evoke both lived and imagined memories, with hopeful visions for the future. Many of the works straddle the line between abstraction and representation, containing the myriad histories and geographies each artist has lived and sought to understand in their lifetime.
Kwesi Abbensetts’ vivid mixed media compositions stress Black experience and resilience in America through the eyes of a Caribbean expatriate; Frank Bowling practice integrates autobiography and postcolonial geopolitics into abstract compositions; Morel Doucet’s ceramics vision the aesthetic and environmental lives of the Caribbean; Herbert Gentry’s expressionist work draws from his life on two continents; Norman Lewis’s dark, rich abstractions explore kinetic movement in themes ranging from the mid-century music scene in Harlem to civil rights; Sam Middleton’s mixed media collages take inspiration from the jazz scene of the Harlem Renaissance and the topographies of Holland; Bob Thompson’s early bold, large-scale, gestural abstraction recalls the New England landscape.
An Experience of Color: Landscapes and Legacies will be on view from November 18, 2018 through January 5, 2019 at Spanierman Modern Miami (located at 151 NE 41st Street, #133, Miami Design District), with a complementary extension at the Spanierman Modern booth at Art Miami 2018. An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
A panel discussion “Time and Context” is scheduled for Monday, December 3, at 2:30 p.m. featuring the curator Niama Safia Sandy, Halima Taha, veteran art advisor and author of Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper & Canvas, and Rosie Gordon-Wallace of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator.
Spanierman Modern / 786-542-5656 / [email protected] / 151 NE 41 Street, Suite 133, Miami, FL 33137