Figuration, the body, and representation


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Shahzia Sikander, <em>Pleasure Pillars</em>
Shahzia Sikander, Pleasure Pillars

Sikander models acts of transformation—of the self, of a community, of cultures, and of history—in this small watercolor painting.

Ilana Savdie, <em>Thirty-Seven Counts</em> and <em>Trismus</em>
Ilana Savdie, Thirty-Seven Counts and Trismus

Abstracted human, animal, and parasitic forms create both an alluring and grotesque image.

Elizabeth Catlett, <em>Invisible Man</em>
Elizabeth Catlett, Invisible Man

Celebrating the novelist Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man also testifies to Catlett’s lifelong artistic commitment to the struggles of Black Americans.

Linda Vallejo, <em>The Brown Dot Project</em>
Linda Vallejo, The Brown Dot Project

Using the language of minimalism and conceptual art, Vallejo brings to light the impact of Latinx people in the U.S.

Rashid Johnson, <em>Stacked Heads</em>
Rashid Johnson, Stacked Heads

From Johnson's hollow, scarred bronze sculpture, nature is bursting forth.

Rina Banerjee, commerce out of the Earth
Rina Banerjee, commerce out of the Earth

Using found objects, Rina Banerjee illuminates the obscured histories of Black and South Asian populations in New Orleans.

Ellen Gallagher, <em>DeLuxe</em>
Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe

Based on magazines dating from the 1930s to the 1970s aimed at African-American audiences, Gallagher's witty and sophisticated interventions emphasize the complex construction of identity.

Amy Sherald, <em>Precious Jewels by the Sea</em>
Amy Sherald, Precious Jewels by the Sea

This monumental painting of Black people at the beach speaks to a dearth of Black figures in the art history canon

Michelle Browder, <i>Mothers of Gynecology</i>
Michelle Browder, Mothers of Gynecology

This memorial honors three women who were victims of medical experimentation by the "father of gynecology."

Kehinde Wiley, <em>Rumors of War</em>
Kehinde Wiley, Rumors of War

A monumental solution, rethinking the sculpture of Richmond

Will Wilson, Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange
Will Wilson, Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange

Referencing the photographs of Edward Curtis, Wilson intends to produce a contemporary visual reimagining of Native American culture through his photographs.

Takashi Murakami
Takashi Murakami

In his New York City studio, Takashi Murakami discusses his three-decades-long practice in which he blends traditional and modern art techniques to create enormous paintings with a visual power unmatched in contemporary art.

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