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Although I have known Peter Williams for decades, and have written about his work in the past, we had never sat down and done a proper interview—it’s been more of a 30-year-long conversation. Recently, however, I wanted to get down his thoughts on several of his latest bodies of work: urgent paintings that are at once timely and have art historical resonance. His inclusion in the November group exhibition , at David & Schweitzer, saw the artist confronting Whiteness and police brutality... [more]
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Kicking Against the Pricks   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Peter Williams at NOVELLA March 13th, 2015 - April 5th, 2015
Posted 3/31/15
“And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, 'Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.'”       —Acts 26:14 (King James Version) "We have art in order not to die from the truth."      —Nietzsche The paintings of Peter Williams have, for a long time, addressed the nature of the body, specifically addressing how one might inhabit such a fragile space in such an arbitrary world.... [more]
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Portraits: The African Head   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Charles Alston, Robert Arneson, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Mary Borgman, Elizabeth Catlett, Chuck Close, Diane Edison, Chester Higgins Jr., Whitfield Lovell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Charles White, Peter Williams, Hank Willis Thomas, John Wilson, Richard Wyatt Jr., Richard Yarde at Las Cruces Museum of Art December 3rd, 2010 - January 22nd, 2011
Posted 12/5/10
      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... [more]
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An Intimate Journey  
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Lynne Avadenka, Matthew Barney, IAIN BAXTER&, Christian Boltanski, Campbell, Sir Anthony Caro, Vija Celmins, Ed Fraga, Susan Goethel, Jane Hammond, Chido Johnson, Dennis Michael Jones, R.B. Kitaj, David Lambert, Ronald Allen Leax, Donald Lipski, Kathleen McShane, Eric Mesko, Sabrina Nelson, Matthew Shlian, Kiki Smith, Michael E. Smith, Jill Sylvia, Stella Waitzkin, Kara Walker, Peter Williams at OUAG - Oakland University Art Gallery January 8th, 2010 - April 4th, 2010
Posted 1/19/10
In an era where our relationship with books seems to be drifting away, where most of reading has become mechanistic and a means of acquiring information and conditioned by the quickness of the ever-changing technology, the Art of the Artist Book takes us on an other-worldly journey to a place where the book is treated as a precious and aesthetic focal point for sharing intimate feelings, inspiration, dreams, social commentary and memory. The artwork in this exhibit is excitingly diverse in... [more]
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