Thursday, August 26, 2010

Titus Kaphar: History in the Making / Artist Talk

The Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship is awarded bi-annually to an early career black (not necessarily African-American) artist who has been producing mature work for less than 10 years. The selected artist is honored with a one-person exhibition in SAM’s Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Gallery and receives a $10,000 award to further his or her artistic practice.

Titus Kaphar is the first recipient of the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship and was featured in the first solo exhibition, History in the Making, on April 3 through September 6, 2009. "Contemporary artist Titus Kaphar makes oil-on-canvas copies of European and American portrait paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries and reconfigures them in strategic ways to create a dialogue about race, art and representation. His work is at once beautiful and halting as he dances between fictional narrative and history."

To learn more about the bi-annual fellowship, see: Seattle Art Museum

Titus Kaphar: History in the Making from drama without the drama on Vimeo.

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