Works on paper by internationally recognized African-American
artist, Curlee Raven Holton
The Weaver of Dust © 1997 Curlee Raven Holton
Exhibit at The Williams Gallery & Pringle International Art
8 Chambers Street, Princeton NJ
We Came to America © 1998 Faith Ringgold
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: The exhibition will feature Curlee Raven Holtons most recent body of work, a series of watercolors entitled Gente Negra de Mexico (Black People of Mexico) as well as original drawings and etchings from his Blues Book Series and various mixed media works on paper. Mr. Holtons work deals with the uncertainties pertaining to the human identity as presented through traditional black cultural imagery. His presentation of this aesthetic is recognizable yet open to various interpretations thus forcing the viewer to question preconceived notions about the world around us.
The Williams Gallery and Pringle International Art are pleased to be able to present the special feature prints Anyone Can Fly and We Came To America by the internationally acclaimed artist, Faith Ringgold. Adapted from her famous Tonka storytelling quilts, these prints continue in the vein of political and social commentary for which this artist is noted.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
CURLEE RAVEN HOLTON is a printmaker, educator, writer and lecturer who for two decades has set out to investigate the intrinsic and extrinsic nature of being. He received a B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Fine Arts in Drawing and Printmaking followed by an M.F.A. from Kent State University with a concentration in Painting and Printmaking. From 1991 to the present he has taught Printmaking and African-American Art History at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. His work has been shown at the Whitney Museum, the 7th International Biennale - Cairo, Egypt, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
FAITH RINGGOLD is an artist who needs no introduction. She has had a profound influence on the contemporary art world beginning in the late sixties when her unique style first appeared. During the 1970s she introduced her dynamic Tonka quilts into the public consciousness coupling the originality of the avant-garde with the folklore tradition of storytelling. She has had numerous books published including her famous "Tar Beach", winner of the 1992 Caldecott Honor. Her newest body of work, The American Collection continues in the tradition of her social commentary. Ms. Ringgolds series The French Collection and The American Collection are currently on tour throughout the United States including recent exhibitions at ACA Gallery and The New Museum, New York.
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