Colescott’s use of stereotypes and humor continues to make viewers feel uncomfortable because it jabs indelicately at our complicity.
In his “Complete History of World Art,” Colescott skewers notions around propriety, race, beauty, and art.
After viewing Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott — the artist’s most comprehensive retrospective to date — it feels fair to assume that factions of society still aren’t ready for Colescott.
Art historian and curator Lowery Stokes Sims discusses why she wanted to present as complete a picture of Colescott’s work as possible in this retrospective at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati.
Colescott reached the heights of a master painter, becoming one of the first prominent artists to embed black bodies and social critique into the art historical canon.
What if Abstract Expressionism never happened?
Unlike many notable private art collections that serve the public good only after they have been donated to a museum (or turned into museums of their own), the Mott-Warsh Collection was conceived to fulfill a larger social purpose.