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Bisa Butler: Portraits

Katonah Museum of Art / March 15 - October 4, 2020

http://www.katonahmuseum.org/exhibitions/

Bisa Butler: Portraits is the first solo museum exhibition of the artist’s work and features her vivid and larger-than-life quilts that capture African American identity and culture. The show is on view at the Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) through the extended date of Oct. 4, 2020, (see the virtual tour and slideshow online) and travels to the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC).  A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the show.  The exhibition is organized by Associate Curator, Michele Wije at the KMA and by Assistant Curator, Erica Warren at the AIC and features approximately 25-30 of Bisa Butler’s most important works to date.  

Butler, a formally trained African American artist of Ghanaian heritage, broaches the dividing line between creating with paints on canvas and creating with fiber by fashioning magnificent quilts and elevating a medium hitherto designated as craft into one that is clearly high art.   While quilts have historically been isolated in the history of art as the products of working women, Butler’s work not only acknowledges this tradition, but also reinvents it.   Continuing with an aesthetic set in motion by artists such as Romare Bearden and Faith Ringgold, Butler forges an individual and expressive signature style that draws upon her own cultural background and experiences.   

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