The Curvey II

Winfred Rembert (American, 1945–2021)
MediumDye on carved and tooled leather
Dimensions24 × 20 1/2 inches
CreditGift of Jan and Warren Adelson, 2020
© Winfred Rembert
Accession Number2020.11

A native of rural Cuthbert, Georgia, Winfred Rembert grew up in the 1950s in the segregated South just before the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of Rembert’s artworks are inspired by memories of his childhood, when he labored in the cotton and peanut fields with his family and neighbors.

The artist, who was one of the few people known to have survived an attempted lynching, did not shy away from depicting harsh realities throughout his career. But Rembert also found power in celebrating the joys of play. As a child, he and his friends sometimes skipped school to meet in the woods and swim under the railroad trestle they called the “curvey,” depicted here.

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