The artist's first solo exhibition in a public organisation in the UK (13 November 2021–2 May 2022) is organised by the Fruitmarket, Edinburgh in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Spike Island, Bristol.
Pindell has made beautiful, abstract paintings by spraying paint through a hand-made, hole-punched stencil. She has made intricate, complex paintings that layer paint with collaged paper circles, thread, glitter, powder and sequins. She has made paintings about war, Apartheid, police violence, the AIDS crisis, slavery and the environment. Her works on paper play with the tropes of lists, tallies, graphs and grids. And her two videos, Free White and 21 (1980) and Rope/Fire/Water (2020) confront racism head on. The exhibition brings together a significant selection of her work, and does its best to celebrate and communicate her vision, in the hope that we might all be able to respond to her urgent call for change.
Image: Howardena Pindell, Separate but Equal Genocide: AIDS, 1991–1992
Mixed media on canvas
75 1/2 x 91 inches
© Howardena Pindell
Courtesy the artist, Garth Greenan Gallery and Victoria Miro