Going dark : the contemporary figure at the edge of visibility / Ashley James ; with contributions by Jordan Carter [and 11 others].

New York, NY : Guggenheim Museum, [2023]
253 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm


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"Going Dark brings together a multigenerational group of contemporary artists who engage the "semi-visible" figure-representations that are partially (or fully) obscured, including, in some cases, literally darkened-and suggests that the concept of going dark is a tool that has been used by artists for decades to probe enduring questions surrounding both the potential and the discontents of social visibility. Across mediums-painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation-Going Dark names, charts and makes meaning of the semi-visible figure, arguing for its significance in contemporary art as a genre of unique conceptual and formal power. More than 125 works in all of these mediums by more than 25 artists are featured. Essays by such curators as Legacy Russell and Jordan Carter, and professor Abbe Schriber, among others, contextualize the histories that inspired these works. In addition, four award-winning poets and three acclaimed graphic designers have contributed works. Artists include: American Artist, Kevin Beasley, Rebecca Belmore, Dawoud Bey, John Edmonds, Ellen Gallagher, David Hammons, Lyle Ashton Harris, Tomashi Jackson, Titus Kaphar, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Joiri Minaya, Sandra Mujinga, Chris Ofili, Sondra Perry, Farah Al Qasimi, Faith Ringgold, Doris Salcedo, Lorna Simpson, Ming Smith, Sable Elyse Smith, Stephanie Syjuco, Hank Willis Thomas, WangShui, Carrie Mae Weems and Charles White"-- Provided by publisher.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition "Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility". Organized by Ashley James, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, with Faith Hunter, Curatorial Assistant. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 20, 2023 - April 7, 2024.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-248).
  • Introduction. Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility / Ashley James
  • Beyond Opacity: Obscuring Figuration in David Hammons's Body Prints / Abbe Schriber
  • Posing Modernity in Vantablack: Propositions toward Black Figuration in the Works of Sondra Perry and Sandra Mujinga / Legacy Russell
  • Out of Sight: Black Femmes and Explicit Acts / Ayana Dozier
  • Embodying the Monochrome: Fugitivity and Refusal at the Intersection of the Black Body and the Black Square / Jordan Carter
  • Gesturing toward Infinitude: Painting Blue/Black Cosmologies / Key Jo Lee
  • The Velvet Still / Rio Cortez
  • Tête-à-tête / Nontsikelelo Mutiti
  • I FEEL MOST COLORED / Marwa Helal
  • Itim / Kristian Henson
  • I don't burn / Kevin Young
  • Controller X (Hieroglyph) / Hassan Rahim
  • Ghosts of a Chance / Harmony Holiday.
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  • 0892075635 ((hardcover))
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