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Michelangelo Lovelace, Residents in the Day Room on the Fifth Floor, 1993, marker on paper, 18 × 23 3/4".

Michelangelo Lovelace, Residents in the Day Room on the Fifth Floor, 1993, marker on paper, 18 × 23 3/4".

Michelangelo Lovelace

Fort Gansevoort

The vulnerable are vital across twenty-two drawings by Cleveland-based artist Michelangelo Lovelace, who has worked as a nursing-home aide for more than three decades while maintaining a dedicated studio practice. The works in this online presentation for Fort Gansevoort, made between 1993 and 2008, felt especially resonant when viewed during the pandemic, which has disproportionately affected people of color and the elderly. The artist reminds us that our responsibility to one another has never been more urgent.

Lovelace’s portraits, mostly done in either ink or marker on paper, bring warmth and humanity to the fore. Everything is readable in the faces of his subjects, and many of the works are titled after them, such as Eddie Ragland, 1996; Mr. William Angel, 1993; and Gladys Smith, 1993. The artist’s hand is multivalent, capturing a range of personalities and features. Because of this,

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