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Personal is Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press 

Header image: David Huffman, “Hoop Dreams,” 2007

The exhibition Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press features a curated selection of prints by artists including Edgar Arceneaux, Radcliffe Bailey, McArthur Binion, Lonnie Holley, David Huffman, Samuel Levi Jones, Kerry James Marshall, Martin Puryear, Gary Simmons, Lava Thomas and the Gee’s Bend Quilters: Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta Bennett and Loretta Pettway.

 While there is no singular way to address the conversation of race and representation in contemporary American art, the artists of Personal to Political capture the personal narratives and political battles of African American artists from throughout the country, reflecting a collective experience expressed in uniquely individual ways. Drawing from Berkeley, California’s Paulson Fontaine Press’ vast collection of fine art prints by African America artists, this exhibition is dynamic both visually and conceptually.

The exhibition includes print interpretations of Gee’s Bend quilts, fantasy narratives and complex examinations of the past. Paulson Fontaine Press has a long tradition of supporting both established and under-represented artists who, in their studio practice, work in a broad reach of media and conceptual approaches.

The exhibition will be on display January 17 – March 17 and is presented by Gallery 360 and the Office of Student Affairs.

Loretta Bennett: Gee’s Bend, “Blues,” 2007

 

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