This monograph of the Jamaican self-taught artist John Dunkley offers a generously illustrated overview of his powerful work. Reproducing the intricate details and somber palette that characterize John Dunkley’s paintings, this book thoughtfully situates the artist’s oeuvre within its historical context. Working in a period that laid the foundation for Jamaica’s nationalist movement, Dunkley was a part of a generation of West Indian men who traveled abroad to work and returned home to contribute to the formation of an independent nation, Marcus Garvey being the most critical of such figures. Essays from David Boxer, the leading authority on Dunkley, and Olive Senior, a historian of West Indian culture, focus on the social importance of Dunkley’s paintings and sculptures. Paying tribute to an extraordinary artist, this book showcases his vivid and mysterious work.
Published by Gregory R. Miller & Co., Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, 2016 Diana Nawi and Claudia Schmuckli with Alexis Vaillant Designed by Anjali Pala, Miko McGinty Inc. Edited by Lucy Flint
The handcrafted and vibrantly colorful works of Brooklyn-based sculptor Matthew Ronay (born 1976) evoke biological processes and organic forms as much as they draw on spiritual and mythological narratives. Influences ranging from science fiction, chemistry, Surrealism and mycology emerge in his psychedelic reliefs and installations. This book documents the artist's first major museum presentations in the United States, with an eponymous exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, as well as a newly commissioned project, When Two Are in One, at the Pérez Art Museum, Miami. Collected here are Ronay's most significant sculptures and installations from the last four years alongside major new texts that elucidate the artist's singular vision.
This book accompanies the largest exhibition to date of Nari Ward’s groundbreaking sculptures, videos, works on paper, and installations, which tackle themes of African-American history and culture, the dynamics of power and politics, and the Caribbean diaspora.Featuring work from the 1990s to today, this mid-career survey of Nari Ward explores the artist’s best-known work in assemblage and installation, as well as his multimedia investigations. Employing the detritus of modern life, Ward creates arresting narratives about migration, social justice, and cultural identity. His enormous pieces have tested the boundaries of installation art, often creating immersive experiences for the viewer. The book features essays that approach Ward’s work through the lenses of site-specificity and Caribbean art history, a reflection by Ralph Lemon on his collaborations with Ward, and an interview with Philippe Vergne that focuses on some of the artist’s major projects. The result is a visually and intellectually stimulating in-depth look at an artist whose deft use of found objects and persistent questioning of social structures, constructions of identity, and notions of place and belonging has earned him international accolades.
This book accompanies the exhibition Iman Issa: Heritage Studies, which marks the US debut of Issa’s newest body of work. Interested in exploring the way in which historical objects resonate with (and are deployed by) the present, Issa’s exhibition reinterprets various objects from the past as newly imagined forms. These re-envisioned works are accompanied by interpretative texts that reference the language of institutions as well as historical record. Embodying the cool and seductive minimalist aesthetic for which she is known, these sculptures represent a shift in scale for the artist and an expansion of her material vocabulary. They offer a formal means of exploring the cultural, social, and historical implications of objects and their reverberations across time.
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition, Adler Guerrier: Formulating a Plot at Pérez Art Museum Miami. It features an essay by Diana Nawi, the curator of the exhibition, charting the course of Guerrier’s practice, a text by Huey Copeland, Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University, “Sinuous Coordination: On the Photography of Adler Guerrier,” and an interview between the artist and Rebecca Zorach, Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago.