We visited the DC Moore Gallery recently to view the exhibition, Whitfield Lovell: Distant Relations, Selections from the Kin Series. During our visit we had the pleasure to meet with the gallery’s director, Heidi Lange, who walked us through the exhibition and a history of Whitfield’s work.
The exhibition addresses our collective memory of the image of African Americans during the 19th and 20th century, and challenges the viewer to include these nameless black people to our memory. The Kin series are “conté” on paper works paired with found objects. Conté is a type of crayon invented in France and used specifically for drawing. We were particularly drawn to the depth and texture in the subject’s faces in the portraits and the melancholy expression of each subject. The portraits represented in the works are from vintage photographs, specifically from Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Movement; the artist collects and then combines with objects that relate to the expressions of each subject.
Whitfield Lovell is a New York native whose works have been included in notable public and private collections such as: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Smithsonian American Art Museum; The Studio Museum of Harlem and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He also is “MacArthur Genius” and was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2007.
The exhibition is on view through Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 535 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10011