...and the people: Titus Kaphar - Carrie Mae Weems - Hank Willis Thomas
The exhibition will include new and iconic works of the artists, from painting and photography to sculpture, and engage the conversation on the past and current racially charged political issues and identity crisis of the African Americans population in the United States.
Curated by and in the presence of Hank Willis Thomas
MARUANI MERCIER is proud to present a group show of American artists Titus Kaphar, Carrie Mae Weems & Hank Willis Thomas. The exhibition will include new and iconic works of the artists, from painting and photography to sculpture, and engage the conversation on the past and current racially charged political issues and identity crisis of the African Americans population in the United States.
Titus Kaphar's artworks interact with the history of art by appropriating its styles and mediums. Kaphar cuts, bends, sculpts and mixes the work of Classic and Renaissance painters, creating formal games and new tales between fiction and quotation. He is fascinated by history: art history, American history, world history, individual history – how history is written, recorded, distorted, exploited, reimagined, and understood.
Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems and the consequences of power. Determined as ever to enter the picture - both literally and metaphorically - Weems has sustained an ongoing dialogue within contemporary discourse for over thirty years. During this time Carrie Mae Weems has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video.
Gallery artist Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He often incorporates recognizable icons into his work, many from well-known advertising and branding campaigns. On advertising, in an interview with Time, Thomas said, “Part of advertising’s success is based on its ability to reinforce generalizations developed around race, gender and ethnicity which are generally false, but [these generalizations] can sometimes be entertaining, sometimes true, and sometimes horrifying.”
Carrie Mae WeemsColor Real or Imagine (Dinah Washington), 2014archival inkjet print with silkscreened color blocks91.44 x 106.68 cm
36 x 42 in
Framing Dimensions: 98.74 x 139.06 x 3.81 inch
Carrie Mae WeemsBlue Notes (Claudia Lennear #1), 2014archival inkjet print with silkscreened color blocks81.2 x 61.6 cm
31 15/16 x 24 4/16 in
Framing Dimensions: 99 x 78.7 x 5 cm
Carrie Mae WeemsScenes & Take (In Suspended Disbelief), 2016inkjet print on canvas88.9 x 177.8 cm
35 x 70 in
Framing Dimensions: 92.41 x 181.31 x 5 inch
Titus KapharFinding Moses, 2006oil on canvas213 x 183 cm
83 13/16 x 72 1/16 in
Installée avec les ronds, largeur 365 cm
Titus KapharStudy: Menina, 2017oil and tar on canvas101.6 x 76.2 cm
40 x 30 in
Titus KapharA Family history from her perspective, 2017oil on canvas framed273.05 x 196.85 cm
107 1/2 x 77 1/2 in
Framing Dimensions: 280.67 x 204.47 x 6.98 inch
Hank Willis ThomasIf I could tell the story in words, 2013mounted digital c-prints and stained African Mahogany121.285 x 121.92 x 9.2075 cm
47 3/4 x 48 x 3 5/8 in
Hank Willis ThomasPolaris, 2017mirrored plexi and stained African Mahogany170.815 x 172.72 x 6.985 cm
67 1/4 x 68 x 2 3/4 in
Hank Willis ThomasAnd One, 2011digital c-print101.6 x 48.26 cm
40 x 19 in
Framing Dimensions: 103.6 x 50.8 x 4.9 cm