Cincinnati

Cincinnati

“ROBERT COLESCOTT: ART AND RACE MATTERS”

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
44 E. Sixth Street
September 20, 2019–January 12, 2020

Curated by Lowery Sims and Matthew Weseley

Robert Colescott (1925–2009) was an odd man out among the painters of his time. His work has something in common with that of Bay Area “funk” artists such as Joan Brown, Peter Saul, and William T. Wiley, but has a satirical edge all its own, thanks to Colescott’s fantastical, sometimes outrageous approach to racial politics, art history, and popular culture—exemplified by his most famous work, George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook, 1975. Before Kerry James Marshall, Gary Simmons, or Kara Walker, there was Colescott. His first comprehensive retrospective, comprising some eighty-five works, should bear out Lowery Sims’s observation that “given the crises of race relations, political propaganda and image manipulation in the current American landscape, Colescott’s career has never been more relevant.” Travels to Portland Art Museum, Oregon, February 15–May 17, 2020; Chicago Cultural Center, June 20–September 27, 2020; Akron Art Museum, Ohio, October 25, 2020–January 31, 2021.