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Howardena Pindell: Autobiography at Garth Greenan Gallery

October 17–December 7, 2019


Legendary artist Howardena Pindell reflects on her process of dealing with acute memory loss after a 1979 car accident with a selection of mixed media works from paintings to drawings, all made between 1980 and 1995. This experience sparked her work for the decade that followed, during which she developed a practice of destruction and reconstruction, cutting and mending strips of canvas. In Autobiography, Pindell takes a global approach to studying the relationship between spirituality, ritual, healing and material, resulting in abstract collage works and layered paintings. Pindell adopted this mentality at a time when she was reflecting on her identity as an African American with a composite history of many cultures and backgrounds, which lead her to apply a political lens to abstraction.

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