Say It Loud

Prince Albert, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria, 2013.
Oil on canvas by Kehinde Wiley.

Art exhibition runs September 29 through October 28, 2018

Say It Loud, an exhibition of contemporary art from the collection of Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull, explores the difficult and complex cultural and political issues facing America today.

The exhibition illustrates the struggles and achievements of African Americans, while challenging dominant historical perspectives with powerful work—work that is sometimes tough and raw but squarely focused on narratives of ethnic identity, institutional racism, gender, and beauty.

The exhibition includes work from prominent African American artists including Kehinde Wiley, chosen to paint the official portrait of President Barack Obama, and 92-year-old Betye Saar, a founding member of the Black Arts Movement in the 1970s.

This exhibit also includes art by:

  • Kerry James Marshall, winner of the MacArthur Award
  • Alison Saar, winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a U.S. Artists Fellowship
  • Rashid Johnson, the first African American artist to be a trustee at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC (and included in the 2015 Venice Biennale)
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock, winner of the 2013 Greenfield Prize
  • Mickalene Thomas, whose work is included in New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Whitney, and the Guggenheim museums
  • Hank Willis Thomas, the first recipient of the Aperture West Book Prize for his book Pitch Blackness
  • McArthur Binion, who was included in the 2017 Venice Biennale
  • Sanford Biggers, 2010 Greenfield Prize winner
  • Rodney McMillian, whose solo exhibition, Against a Civic Death, opened at The Austin Contemporary in 2018
  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya, included in Being: New Photography 2018 at MOMA.

The 10,000 square foot studio at 22 London Road houses the work and collection of artist Randy Shull, and is used as an exhibition space for curated contemporary art events. It mounted the successful ¡Viva!, exhibition in 2017 of Latin American contemporary art from the Fischer/Shull collection, which explored important contemporary issues in Latin America through sculpture, painting, photography and video and traveled to the Projective Eye Gallery at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC.

Previously it presented an international video exhibit, Love, Devotion and Surrender, in May 2016, organized by Randy Shull & David Raymond, which included work from prominent contemporary video artists including Bill Viola and Tony Oursler.

The public is invited to the opening reception on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 6-10 p.m. at 22 London Rd. in S. Asheville. The exhibition will be open to the public by appointment until October 28, 2018.

 

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