Heather Lemonedes Chief Curator
Robert Colescott (American, 1925-2009)
acrylic on canvas, Overall: 215.5 x 185 x 5 cm (84 13/16 x 72 13/16 x 1 15/16 in.). Gift of Agnes Gund given in honor of Darren Walker 2017.128
In the ironic work of Colescott, where contradictions abound, nothing is as it first appears. Colescott is well known for his figurative genre paintings that critique contemporary American culture from an African American perspective. Using garish colors, expressive gesture, and visual puns, he presents scathing race and gender stereotypes-images used to debunk stereotypical views and expose the delusion and denial so deeply engrained in American culture and society. As viewers are drawn to the formal vigor and bitter humor of his paintings, they are caught in layers of questions, ultimately finding themselves personally implicated in the problematic social and cultural constructions in his paintings.
MOCA Cleveland, OH (1/29/2010 - 5/9/2010): "From Then to Now: Masterworks of Contemporary African American Art"
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