Saturday, May 9, 2015

'Portraits' At MoAD

Sista Sista Lady Blue” (2007), a chromogenic 1970s-style print by feminist artist Mickalene Thomas.

Ironic use of assemblage piece to indicate the public masks that we all wear. A extra gold star for the resemblance (accidental or otherwise) of traditional African masks.

Necklines” (1989), gelatin silver prints and engraved plastic plaques by Lorna Simpson.
“Wedding Portrait” (2012), an acrylic, pastel, marble dust, fabric and electrostatic transfer by Njideka Akunyili Crosby.
"Three Men" (1966–67) printed and painted papers, watercolor, and graphite on canvas by Romare Bearden Collection SFMOMA

 Nick Cave. Soundsuit. 2009

“Portraits and Other Likenesses” got started with its MoAD and SFMOMA curators surveying the latter’s holdings of works by artists of the African diaspora. What has resulted proves that who or what you are goes far beyond traditional portraiture.

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