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Joyce Scott

Richard Anderson Fine Arts

The Baltimore artist Joyce Scott has had shows all over the country, but she exhibits relatively rarely in New York, which is a considerable pity. Working with beads, glass, and other lucent and tactile materials, Scott seems to operate at a psychological distance, as well as a geographical one, from younger black artists like Lorna Simpson and Glenn Ligon, who have used cool, minimal, conceptually derived methods to discuss African-American identities. Among the logics I believe have motivated those artists is the ambition to produce images that deal with their chosen subjects without accommodating any of the stereotypical assumptions about race that are so embedded in American culture. I doubt Scott would argue with such a goal, but she herself seems to be deeply in touch with folk and craft traditions that she feels a need to honor, and she also, like Kara Walker, will sometimes confront

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