Soul On Art

January 26 - March 10, 2021 GHOSTS OF AFRICA SOUL ON ART:

The Lighthouse ArtCenter is honored to display evocative artworks showcasing the personal experience and cultural heritage of these artists, international rock stars, whose works are held in institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and others. The list on exhibition reads like the who’s who of internationally celebrated painters, sculptors, and multi-media black and brown artists in the world today, including Nick Cave, Leonardo Drew, Ellen Gallagher, Adam Pendleton, William Kwamena-Poh, Ransome, Kara Walker, and Purvis Young. As you will see in this online catalog, some of the pieces are on loan from private collections, however many are available for purchase. “Henry James said it best - ‘It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, and I know of no substitute for the force and beauty of its process.’ I hope you’ll make time to experience the force and beauty of the work in this 2021 opening exhibition in our new state-of-the-art gallery at Lighthouse ArtCenter.”

I am available if you are interested in acquiring any of the available pieces in this catalog. 561-746-3101 Janeen@LighthouseArts.org

-Janeen Mason, Curator We are grateful for the support of Douglas B. Andrews, Beth Rudin DeWoody , and Laura W. Evans , who generously loaned us significant pieces from their private collections for this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

January 26 - March 10, 2021 GHOSTS OF AFRICA SOUL ON ART:

Contents •••

Nick Cave • 4 Leonardo Drew • 6 Ellen Gallagher • 7 William Kwamena-Poh • 8 Adam Pendleton • 20 Ransome • 22

Kara Walker • 28 Purvis Young • 30

Nick Cave

Nick Cave (Born February 4, 1959, Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.), is an American artist best known for his wearable mixed-media constructions known as Soundsuits, which act simultaneously as fashion, sculpture, and noisemaking performance art. Cave began exploring fiber arts and fashion while attending the Kansas City Art Institute. During his time there he also studied with Alvin Ailey’s modern dance company, initiating his active interest in constructing a bridge between dance, fashion, and art. He earned a master’s in fine arts at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and later became chairman of the fashion design program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Throughout his career, Cave made use of found and ready- made materials to reference cultural, political, and autobiographical issues. Cave made his first Soundsuit out of twigs in the early 1990s by wiring cut and drilled sticks to a handmade cotton undergarment, realizing its performative potential only once it had been completed. Using a myriad of techniques and materials, he continued to create the hybrid objects, which ranged from formfitting bodysuits composed of intricately sewn fabrics and beads to amorphous suits made of natural materials such as woven hair. The Soundsuits named for the sounds made when worn by performers-conceal and transform identity, race, and gender while encouraging movement and creating noise that reflects their chosen materials and construction. Their meanings shift and multiply with each exhibition and performance, set in places as varied as the theatre stage, fashion runway, and city street. - Britannica

Soundsuit 07033 Mixed Media NFS On loan from Beth Rudin DeWoody

Soundsuit 06696 Mixed Media NFS On loan from Beth Rudin DeWoody

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Leonardo Drew Leonardo Drew (born Tallahassee, Florida, 1961 ), was raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where the city dump was the only view from his living room window. These inauspicious beginnings gave rise to a spectacular career. His works are part of several major collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., Harvard University, Cambridge; and more. New York Times art critic Roberta Smith describes Mr. Drew’s large reliefs as” An endless catastrophe seen from above.”

Number 77S Cotton 39” X 39” X 16 1 /2” NFS On loan from Douglas B. Andrews

Ellen Gallagher Ellen Gallagher (born December 16, 1965, Providence, Rhode Island), is an American abstract painter and multi-media artist with a unique education and work history. She attended a Quaker college preparatory school and entered Oberlin College in Ohio at the age of 16. Instead of finishing at Oberlin (where she studied writing), she joined a carpenter’s union in Seattle. After a five-year sabbatical, she earned a fine arts degree from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1992. By the time she was recognized as an artist of significance, she had worked in Alaska and Maine as a commercial fisherman. At thirty years old, she had already shown in Gagosian Gallery in New York, Mary Boone in Soho, and Anthony D’Offay in London. While both of Gallagher’s parents were born in America, her mother’s family was from an Irish Catholic background and her father’s was from Cape Verde, in Western Africa. This multi-ethnic legacy and her unique education result in her fascination with history and race, poetry and pop culture. Her innovative use of materials include paintings, works on paper, film, video, and even a variation on scrimshaw by carving images into the surfaces of her mixed media works. Ellen Gallagher’s works have been shown around the world in institutions such as the Tate Modern in London and the Whitney Museum in New York. She currently resides in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Watery Ecstatic (2003) Watercolor and Cut Paper 57cm x 75.2 cm NFS On loan from Laura W. Evans

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William Kwamena-Poh

William Kwamena-Poh (Born in Ghana, West Africa, 1960) returns to the home he left 40 years ago to photograph contemporary scenes that captivate him. When he returns to Savannah, Georgia, and his upstairs gallery, Kwamena-Poh illuminates these proud descendants of the African diaspora; sunlight plays across the dark backs of muscled fishermen, women rest in quiet contemplation, and the atmosphere of the bustling market nearly crackles under his brush strokes. (Ghana was one of the four horrifically significant points of debarkation for slaves crossing the Atlantic Ocean during the middle passage.) His work evokes a deep response to this place and these people who have historically been disenfranchised. Kwamena-Poh’s powerful art connects us across our cultural differences

God Never Fails Gouache on Paper 22” x 31” 43” x 34” framed under glass $9,500

Deborah’s Praise Gouache on Paper 8” x 32” 16” x 40” framed under glass $4,000

Celebration of Life Gouache on Paper 27.5” x 19.25” 28” x 36.5” framed under glass $12,000

Profile in Grace Gouache on Paper 26” x 21” 28” x 33” framed under glass $8,500

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Fishing Blues Gouache on Paper 34” x 24” 37” x 47” framed under glass $25,000

Fishermen’s Blues Gouache on Paper 34” x 24” 37” x 47” framed under glass $25,000

Tomorrow’s Hope Gouache on Paper 22” x 29” 42” x 34.5” framed under glass $25,000

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Net Worth Gouache on Paper 28” x 18” 27” x 37” framed under glass $15,000

Feed YourSelf Gouache on Paper 29” x 18” 25.5” x 37” framed under glass $9,500

Tigress Gouache on Paper 16” x 24” 24” x 32” framed under glass $7,500

Okra Seller Gouache on Paper 16” x 18.5” 26.75” x 27.5” framed under glass $4,500

Kalekye Gouache on Paper 21.75” x 29” 37.5” x 31” framed under glass $18,000

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Cleaning Nets Giclée 21 / 300 28.5” x 20.5” $450

Networking Giclée 9 / 250 30” x 20” $450 Networking Giclée 7 / 250 30” x 20” 36” x 27” framed under glass $625

Feed Yourself Giclée 4 / 250 30” x 19” $450

For Sale Giclée 27 / 300 29” x 22” $450

Mending Nets Giclée 49 / 300 28” x 20.5” $450

Networth Giclée 4 / 250 29” x 19” $450

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Love Life Giclée 15 / 250 29.5” x 22” $450

Bus Stop Giclée 15 / 65 31” x 24” $950

Song of the Fisherman Giclée 12 / 65 35” x 23” $750 Song of the Fisherman Giclée 9 / 55 48” x 29.5” 60” x 41.5” framed under plexi $2,500

Pride of the Fishmonger Giclée 10 / 95 22” x 31” $750 Pride of the Fishmonger Giclée 4 / 25 30” x 41” 39” x 51” framed under plexi $1,500

Profile in Grace Giclée 3 / 95 28.5” x 23” $450

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New Beginnings Giclée 27 / 90 32” x 22” $550

Sleeping Gypsy Giclée 15 / 275 33” x 19” $475

Door of No Return Giclée 1 / 90 28” x 22” $450

Nzulezu Reflections Giclée 5 / 250 29” x 22” $450

Celebration of Life Giclée 1 / 95 28” x 21” $525

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Adam Pendleton Adam Pendleton (born 1984, Richmond, Virginia) maintains an interdisciplinary practice in the arts, which has taken his work to the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the New Museum, and various international shows, including one at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Twice, Forbes magazine has featured articles on his combined painting, silkscreen, collage, video and performance pieces in their “30 Under 30” list. Pendleton signed with Pace Gallery at the age of 28, the youngest artist since the 1970s to do so. In the fall of 2012, his first show with Pace was at the Soho London branch. His art is also held in the collections of celebrities, which include Steven A. Cohen, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Venus Williams.

Untitled 2019 Collage on paper in Artist’s frame 33 cm x 46 cm x 4.1 cm NFS On loan from Laura W. Evans

Untitled (We Are Not) 2019 Mixed Media on Canvas 28” x 36” NFS On loan from Douglas B. Andrews

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Ransome Ransome (Born in North Carolina, 1961) traces his lineage from the middle passage through sharecroppers in the American South to the northern cities of the east coast. His work reverberates with symbols of the racial, economic, and political experiences of people who have been historically marginalized. Incorporating materials at hand, he paints, assembles, collages, and creates art that resonates with the rhythm of R&B, commemorates the spontaneity of hip hop, and celebrates the inherited inventiveness of the quilters of Gee’s Bend. He explores the struggle and hope, the pain and joy of his ancestors, and the larger social narrative of culture in today’s black community.

Home Collage Paper pasted on Paper 8.5” x 11” 21” x 21” framed under glass $1,650

Toni by the Window Collage Paper pasted on Paper 8.5” x 11” 21” x 21” framed under glass $1,650

Sula Collage and Acrylic on Paper 11” x 8.5” 21” x 21” framed under glass $1,650

Family Garden Collage, Ink and Paper 11” x 8.5” 21” x 21” framed under glass $1,650

Mercy Collage Paper pasted on Paper 11” x 8.5” 21” x 21” framed under glass $1,650

Blues on #6 Collage and Acrylic on Paper 11” x 8.5” 21” x 21” framed under glass $1,650

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Janet From the Quilters of Gee’s Bend series Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collage on Board 32” x 48” $8,500

Gladys From the Quilters of Gee’s Bend series Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collage on Board 32” x 48” $8,500

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Mini From the Quilters of Gee’s Bend series Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collage on Board 32” x 48” $8,500

Ruby Mae From the Quilters of Gee’s Bend series Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collage on Board 32” x 48” $8,500

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Kara Walker Kara Walker (born Stockton, CA, 1969), was one of the youngest people to receive a MacArthur fellowship at the age of 28. She was listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Artists and Entertainers in 2007. In 2012, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A multi-disciplinary artist, she works in black cutpaper silhouettes, mixed media paintings, and sculpture. Walker’s work is known for the unflinching exploration of identity through race, gender, and violence. Her work entitled the Marvelous Sugar Baby installation at the old Domino Sugar Factory Warehouse catapulted her to worldwide recognition.

Sugar Cane Prep Watercolor on Paper 30” x 22” NFS

On loan from Douglas B. Andrews

“African Boy Attendant Curio with Molasses and Brown Sugar,” from the Marvelous Sugar Baby installation at the old Domino Sugar Factory Warehouse Resin 59” X 25” X 33” NFS

On loan from Douglas B. Andrews

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Purvis Young (1943 - 2010) Purvis Young grew up in Overtown, a historically black neighborhood in Miami once known as “the Harlem of the South.”The area was devastated when Interstate 95 was built right through it as part of urban renewal efforts of the 1950s and ‘60s. Released from prison in 1964 after serving three years for breaking and entering, Young could be seen working near the highway in paint-splattered clothes, his outfit sometimes topped off with a beret. Neighborhood men would scrounge scraps of plywood for him to use as canvases, and firefighters who were painting hydrants would bring him what was left in their buckets. Young made thousands of paintings during his lifetime, and his midcareer selection of about 100 pieces - which was grouped by motif: “Warriors,””Drugs,””Holy Men and Angels” - became the most highly collectible. Perhaps the most famous painter to ever come out of Florida, Young depicted the struggles and joys of Miami’s poor black community and was branded an “outsider artist.” His work is in the collections of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and two Smithsonian museums. Lenny Kravitz, David Byrne, and Jane Fonda are all professed fans.* Named to the Florida Artist Hall of Fame posthumously in 2018, Mr. Young’s work was represented in 2019 at the Venice Bienalle.

Boat People Mixed Media on Board 96” x 48” $18,500

Freedom Horses in Cemetary Mixed Media on Board 96” x 48” $21,500

Saturday Night Mixed Media on Board 28.5” x 14.5” $4,500

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Tall Figure Under Storm Cloud House Paint on Board 8.25” x 18” $2,500

Crowd in Railway Station House Paint on Board 16” x 31.5” $6,500

Riot House Paint on Wood 11” x 18” $4,000

Jazz Man House Paint on Board 11” x 34.5” $3,500

Freedom Horses Assemblage Mixed Media Assemblage 25” x 48 $7,500

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Untitled House Paint on Board 14.25” x 16” $3,000

Basketball Mixed Media on Paper 12.5” x 16” $2,000

Birds and Snake House Paint on Paper 10.5” x 12.5” $3,000

Hope Pen and Wax Crayon on Paper 5.5” x 6.75” $1,500

Bathers Pen on Paper 2.5” x 4.5” $2,500

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Fishing Mixed Media on Board 30.5” x 14” $9,000

Two Sailing at Sunrise House Paint on Board 18” x 21” $6,500

Figure Mixed Media Assemblage 15” x 17” $1,500

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