The theme of the exhibition, Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Warsh Collection, is the protrayal of the African head in representational and conceptual portraiture. The modern and contemporary artists featured in this exhibition, both directly and indirectly, explore the social, political, and culture nuances of the African face and head in fine art and popular visual culture. Work by the following artists is featured in this exhibition: Charles Alston, Robert Arneson, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Mary Borgman, Elizabeth Catlett, Chuck Close, Diane Edison, Chester Higgins, Jr., Whitfield Lovell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Hank Willis Thomas, Charles White, Peter Williams, John Wilson, Richard Wyatt, Jr., and Richard Yarde.
This exhibition features artwork in a variety of media: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Several of the works are small, intimate pieces, while other works are large in scale and domineering in their presence.
Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Warsh Collection is organized by the Mott-Warsh Collection, Flint, Michigan. The curator for the exhibition is Camille Ann Brewer. A catalog is forthcoming.
The Mott-Warsh Collection is a private collection of fine art created by artists of the African Diaspora. Based in Flint, Michigan, the Mott-Warsh Collection was initiated in 2001 by Maryanne Mott and the late Herman Warsh as a means of making fine visual art accessible to a broader audience in the City of Flint.
With a focus on work produced since 1940, the Mott-Warsh Collection contains artwork by over 125 artists covering a range of media from drawing to painting, prints to photography, and mixed media to sculpture. The intent of the collection is to educate the viewing audience about 20th century American history, the history of the African Diaspora, art history, art making processes, and art appreciation.
(Images: Romare Bearden; Installation View; Courtesy Las Cruces Museum of Art)
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