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Detail of collage by Bailey

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press

August 29 - December 13, 2020

There is no singular way to look at the complexities of race and representation in contemporary art. Drawing on the diverse practices of several African American artists from across the US, this exhibition features more than 50 prints, paintings, quilts, and sculptural objects. 

At its core is the legacy of a fine-art print studio in Berkeley, California—Paulson Fontaine Press—which over the past two decades has supported an unparalleled roster of internationally celebrated artists, including Martin Puryear, Kerry James Marshall, and the Gee’s Bend Quilters. At once personal and political, these varied works of art demonstrate a collective experience expressed in uniquely individual ways.

This exhibition was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

Sponsored by Sally Hazard and Mark & Hannah Jenkins.

Additional support provided by the Friends of the Art Museum and the Joyce Ice Fund for Exhibitions and Acquisitions

IMAGE: Radcliffe Bailey,  Between Two Worlds,  (detail),  2003, color aquatint with color photocopy chine collé and velvet, 44” x 30” .  Courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA.

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