Whitfield Lovell: All Things In Time
The Hudson River Museum presents the work of Whitfield Lovell, September 27, 2008 through May 10, 2009, in a survey exhibition that showcases Lovell’s mid-career work. One of the contemporary art world’s finest interpreters of lost or contested history, Lovell, born in the Bronx in 1959, is internationally recognized for large-scale tableaux and wall-size installations. Combining evocative found historical objects with exquisitely rendered life-sized charcoal portraits frequently based on historic photographs, Lovell creates a dramatic situation or “scene.” Whitfield Lovell: All Things In Time explores Lovell’s use of assemblage, his gifts as a draftsman, and traces sources of his inspiration from Joseph Cornell to Jean-Auguste Ingres.
Lovell focuses his work on the lives of African Americans in the United States from Reconstruction through World War II, and he subtly suggests this period’s intense societal and political changes. He finds the raw materials for his art in tag sales, flea markets, and architectural salvage yards. Many of the photographs that inspire him are of anonymous individuals, the biographical details of their lives lost to time. Lovell constructs imaginary narratives that give them a sense of agency and provide the contrasts that attest to his creativity transforming everyday objects into powerful commentaries on society.
The exhibition, curated by Bartholomew F. Bland, the Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions, will be accompanied by a 50-page, full-color catalogue with an introduction by Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator at the Museum of Art and Design.
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