African American Art from Saint Louis

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Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art from Saint Louis critically follows a host of exhibitions over the past decade that centered questions of Blackness (racially, politically, and aesthetically) through abstraction. Find more about those exhibitions below. Collectively these exhibitions ask the question prompted by the Blackness in Abstraction curator Adrienne Edwards, who wrote, “In response to the demands placed on Black artists for social content in their art I put forward Blackness in abstraction,” to ask “how [do] artists negotiate and exhaust the paradigm of Black representation in visual art”? Below are exhibitions–many of which index themes of abstraction, blackness, and Saint Louis–that have informed this exhibition.

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Blackness in Abstraction curated by Adrienne Edwards (2015, Pace Gallery, New York, NY)

Blue Black curated by Glenn Ligon (2017, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Saint Louis, MO)

We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 organized by Catherine Morris and Rujeko Hockley (2017, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY) 

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction curated by Erin Dziedzic and Melissa Messina (2017, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO)

Out of Easy Reach curated by Allison Glenn (2018, various locations, Chicago, IL)

Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis (2018-2019)

1919: Black Water curated by Irene Sunwoo (2019, Columbia University, New York, NY)

Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art curated by Christopher Bedford and Katy Siegel (2019-2020, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD)

The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection curated by Gretchen L .Wagner and Alexis Assam (2019-2020, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO)