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Howardena Pindell, Autobiography: Fire (Suttee), 1986–87, mixed media on canvas, 90 × 56".

Howardena Pindell, Autobiography: Fire (Suttee), 1986–87, mixed media on canvas, 90 × 56".

Howardena Pindell

Garth Greenan Gallery

In the catalogue for “Autobiography,” her first solo exhibition since her 2018 retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Howardena Pindell tells the story of how, in 1979, a car accident on Long Island left her with a long-term concussion that impaired her memory. She turned to painting as a means of recovery, incorporating more of her personal experiences into her professional practice in order to close the gaps in her recollection. (Though not included in the present show, Pindell’s video Free, White and 21, 1980, sprang from the same impulse.) To inaugurate what came to be called her “Autobiography” series, 1980–2005, the artist sliced up postcards and interspersed their imagery with her own brushwork—an imbrication of painting and photography that blended mechanical reproduction and manual skill along an unevenly textured picture plane.

Many of these postcards were

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