The Alfred R. Shands III and Mary N. Shands Masters Series: Noel W Anderson: Beyond this Point, Abstraction is Promise
Artist and philosopher Noel W Anderson discusses the function of Black publications, weaving, representation, and abstraction in his arts-based research. Beginning with his erased Ebony magazine works included in Promise, Witness, Remembrance, Anderson will talk about how he seeks to confront limited representations of Black identity, think Black subjectivities as always already abstract (abstraction as a material reality), and, consequently, explore the possibilities of abstraction as a mode of critique.
Anderson also recently featured as one of the contributors to the week-long series highlighting Promise, Witness, Remembrance in Burnaway magazine.
About the Artist:
Born 1981 in Louisville, Noel W Anderson received an MFA from Indiana University in Printmaking, and an MFA from Yale University in Sculpture. He is also Area Head of Printmaking in NYU’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions.
Anderson utilizes print-media and arts-based-research to explore philosophical inquiry methodologies. He primarily focuses on the mediation of socially constructed images on identity formation as it relates to black masculinity and celebrity. In 2018, Noel was awarded the NYFA artist fellowship grant and the prestigious Jerome Prize. His solo exhibition Blak Origin Moment debuted at the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati) in February 2017 and travelled to the Hunter Museum of American Art in October 2019. His first monograph, Blak Origin Moment, was also recently published.