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William Pope.L

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Desert and Forest: Companion LA Exhibitions Show the Vast Reach of Pope.L   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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William Pope.L at Steve Turner LA October 17th, 2015 - December 5th, 2015
Posted 10/30/15
Stark rattling creeps in. After a few seconds, an initial pang of sound smooths into a pervasive noise that induces a feeling of anxious, indistinguishable energy. , I think to myself, but I can’t recall. Old black and white images of the desert alternate between present day images of the same scene; the now diffused rattling rolls into booming drums when a large magenta font flashes onscreen: OBI SUNT  “Blackness feels personal, like something we can own or hold in our hands or hang... [more]
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"Blues for Smoke": Ambiguity and Duality, Arpeggios and Be-bop Changes   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Roy DeCarava, Jeff Donaldson, Melvin Edwards, Renee Green, David Hammons, Martin Kippenbenger, Zoe Leonard, Glenn Ligon, Mark Morrisroe, William Pope.L, Lorna Simpson, Bob Thompson, Wu Tsang, Carrie Mae Weems, Jack Whitten, Martin Wong at Whitney Museum of American Art February 7th, 2013 - April 28th, 2013
Posted 4/1/13
“The blues self is an improvised self. It doesn’t shy away from the difficulty that that entails. When you improvise yourself in culture, you may get some blowback.”[1] Halfway through the exhibition, a nondescript listening station for John “Jaki” Byard’s 1960 release Blues for Smoke hangs on the wall facing Glenn Ligon’s oil and acrylic text-based reflections and Zoe Leonard’s vintage blue suitcases. When you wander through the exhibition, don’t forget to look for it—you might miss it.... [more]
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