Joe Minter in Whitney Biennial 2019

2019 Whitney Biennial

“Joe Minter uses found materials to create allegorical mixed-media critiques of the history of race and class inequities in the United States. Drawing on his training in construction and welding, Minter repurposes the detritus of rural life to make dense, geometrically complex, often anthropomorphic totems that mine the rich tradition of Southern yard art. Abstract assemblages of rusted chains, agricultural tools, household furniture, garments, license plates, and wood fragments on which he occasionally paints texts, Minter’s discrete sculptures share a visual vocabulary and approach with the work for which he is best known—an immersive sculptural environment in Birmingham, Alabama, begun in 1989 that he calls the African Village in America. Working in his backyard, which abuts a historically Black cemetery, Minter has set out to revise and reframe art history to account for four hundred years of excluded, discounted African American history.” 

May 17 – September 22, 2019

Whitney Museum, NY, NY

Whitney Biennial 2019 website

Joe Minter Slideshow

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