Jeffrey Gibson

Post image for Disco Beads and Abstract Rawhides: Jeffrey Gibson’s Untraditional “Nativeness”

Half a century ago, many Native American artists trying to break into the fine art market were told that their oil paintings would never sell because they were not recognizably “Indian” enough.

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Post image for Politics Camouflaged as Ornamental Abstraction

NEW PALTZ, NEW YORK — I recently saw the group show ostensibly about ornamentation and abstraction at the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz, and came away thinking I’d just seen a show about politics, hegemony, and the War on Terror.

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Post image for Native American Iconography Meets Modernist Aesthetic and Material

My first impression coming into Jeffrey Gibson’s solo exhibition at Marc Straus in the Lower East Side was one of a refined sensual pleasure with a complex edge. Vibrant color painted in geometric shapes on animal hide stretched over trapezoidal forms and ironing boards is the initial entree to an imminent encounter with the unanticipated.

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