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Floyd D. Tunson, The Wrestlers, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 84".

Floyd D. Tunson

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Floyd D. Tunson, The Wrestlers, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 84".

Floyd D. Tunson works across a remarkable range of media, and he is successful to varying degrees in all of them, as this forty-year retrospective at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center made clear. With 110 works on view—just a small fraction of the prolific sixty-five-year-old artist’s massive output—the survey offered an explosion of ideas and emotions, unhindered by any single stylistic mode. Graceful assemblages and swirling abstractions stood as compelling counterpoints to the locally based African-American artist’s piercing sociopolitical commentary on race and class relations in the United States and abroad. One of many such juxtapositions could be seen in an early gallery where Soweto Matches, 1976, a group of oversize burned matchsticks bluntly standing in for apartheid’s destructive legacy, lies just a few feet away from Homage to Johns, 1986, in which Tunson

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