There is no singular way to address the conversation of race and representation in contemporary art. The artists of Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press capture the personal narratives and political battles of African American artists across the country, reflecting a collective experience expressed in uniquely individual ways. In addition to numerous prints from Paulson Fontaine Press, this show includes paintings, sculptures, and quilts that include both narrative and abstract imagery. 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. Images of select artworks are here.
Artists Edgar Arceneaux, Radcliffe Bailey, McArthur Binion, Gee's Bend Quilters (Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta Bennett, Loretta Pettway), Lonnie Holley, David Huffman, Samuel Levi Jones, Kerry James Marshall, Martin Puryear, Gary Simmons, Lava Thomas.
Venues Krasl Art Center, MI | September 1 - November 25, 2018 Gallery 360 at Northeastern University, MA | January 16 - March 17, 2019 Las Cruces Museum of Art, NM | May 10 - July 20, 2019 Museum of Arts and Sciences, FL | August 31 - October 27, 2019 Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, MI | November 23 - April 5, 2020 Knoxville Museum of Art, TN | May 7 - August 2, 2020 Art Museum of West Virginia University, WV | August 29 -December 13, 2020 Reynolda House Museum of American Art, NC | February 4 - May 30, 2021 DeVos Art Museum, North Michigan University, MI | August 16 - October 31, 2021 Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA | January 18 - March 12, 2022 Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA | April 28 - August 20, 2022