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Over his forty-year career, artist McArthur Binion has developed a unique visual language through the fusion of Minimalism and personal narratives. This monograph, Binion's first, is produced in conjunction with the artist's inaugural solo show at a New York gallery and on the occasion of his exhibition Re: Mine at Galerie Lelong. Included in this catalogue are full-colour reproductions of works in the exhibition, as well as an interview with the artist by Franklin Sirmans, Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and an essay by Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator Emerita at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Influenced equally by music, storytelling, and individual history, McArthur Binion has described his approach to painting from the position of a "rural Modernist" and one through which he "bridges the lyricism of colour with a Black rural sensibility." Binion's paintings, predominantly composed of oil paint stick and paper on board, form the nexus of place and history, from Binion's childhood in the South to his time in New York in the early 1970s and his current home of Chicago. In the exhibition, and as seen in the catalogue, are Binion's recent DNA paintings, which incorporate birth certificates and phone books as personal effects employed as autobiographical, collaged elements. Born in 1946 in Macon, Mississippi, Binion became the first African American to graduate from the Cranbrook Academy of Art with a Master of Fine Arts. In 2012, the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas, hosted a solo show of Binion's work, and he has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Prospect.3 in 2014. Binion's work is included in multiple museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Binion has taught as a professor of art at Columbia College in Chicago since 1992.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781910433812
ISBN-10: 1910433810
Format: Hardback
(257mm x 216mm x 13mm)
Pages: 80
Imprint: Black Dog Publishing London UK
Publisher: Black Dog Publishing London UK
Publish Date: 5-Oct-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography -

Lowery Stokes Sims is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Art at UC Irvine. She has recently retired as the Acting Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design where she has been on staff since 2007. In 2000 she left the employ of The Metropolitan Museum of Art where she had been an educator and curator to be director and eventual president of the Studio Museum in Harlem. A specialist in modern and contemporary art she is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists and has published extensively. Sims has lectured nationally and internationally and guest curated numerous exhibitions. McArthur Binion's is an american painter whos work primarily consists of minimalist abstract paintings, created using crayons, oil stick, and ink, often on rigid surfaces such as wood or aluminum. For many years, Binion has been incorporating laser-prints as a collaged ground on top of which he applies other mediums. Binion's paintings have been featured in such museums as the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Studio Museum in New York, and the Detroit Institute of Art. Binion is represented by the Kavi Gupta gallery in Chicago. Franklin Sirmans lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is the department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). From 2006 through 2009, he was the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection in Houston, where the exhibitions he organized included NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith (which traveled to P.S.1 in New York and to Miami Art Museum); and before that he was co-curator of Basquiat (200506: Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston). More recently he co-curated Steve Wolfe: On Paper (2009, Menil Collection and Whitney Museum of American Art). Sirmans was the 2007 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize awarded by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and in 2009 he received one of the first Gold Rush Award given by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Sirmans has also written essays for several exhibition catalogues, and articles and reviews in publications such as the New York Times, Time Out New York, Essence, and Grand Street."