Howardena Pindell Memory: Past 1980-81

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Memory: Past is made from strips of canvas sewn into rows and nailed directly to the wall. In a time-intensive and laborious process, The artist built up layers of paint, dye, and powder to create this rose-colored abstract work. The top of the composition is punctuated by photo fragments and shimmering glitter. Pindell, who worked as the first Black woman curator at MoMA in the decade before she made this painting, occasionally visited the Museum’s frame shop, where she would collect materials for her art.

Gallery label from 2021
Acrylic, dye, paper, thread, tempera, photographic transfer, glitter, and powder on canvas
126 x 84" (320 x 213.4 cm)
Committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds and gift of The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art
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© 2024 Howardena Pindell.Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
Painting and Sculpture

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