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Whitfield Lovell: Passages

Whitfield Lovell: Passages

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The most comprehensive survey to date of the contemporary artist Whitfield Lovell, whose poetic and intricately crafted tableaux and installations document and pay tribute to the history and cultural memory of the African American experience.

Whitfield Lovell: Passages accompanies a major traveling exhibition of the artist’s powerful Conté crayon drawings combined with objects to create assemblages and multisensory installations that focus on aspects of Black history, raising questions about identity, memory, and America’s collective heritage. Whitfield Lovell (b. 1959, Bronx), a 2007 MacArthur Foundation fellowship recipient and conceptual artist, creates exquisite drawings inspired by his collection of vintage photographs of unidentified African Americans taken between the Emancipation Proclamation and the civil rights movement. He pairs his meticulously rendered drawings on paper or salvaged wooden boards with found objects, creating enigmatic assemblages and stand-alone tableaux rich with symbolism and ambiguity and evoking personal memories, ancestral connections, and the collective American past.

This richly illustrated volume features essays by leading scholars that contextualize Lovell’s work by exploring compelling elements such as sound and card playing, contemplating memory as a method.

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
June 29–September 22, 2024

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