Featuring RENEE STOUT and MERRITT JOHNSON with works also available by JUDY PFAFF and GINA ADAMS
ART ON PAPER FAIR - Booth 907 (Mezzanine Level)
March 6-10, 2019
299 South Street - Pier 36, Downtown Manhattan
BOOTH 907 (Mezzanine Level)
Thursday, March 7 from 6pm to 10pm
Friday, March 8, 11am to 7pm
Saturday, March 9, 11am to 7pm
Sunday, March 10, 12pm to 6pm
Merritt Johnson was born in West Baltimore and spent her childhood navigating between trees, tarps, concrete and culture. Johnson’s work is rooted in her experience as a cis-gender pansexual woman of mixed (non-status) Mohawk, Blackfoot and Settler descent. From this perspective, her work asserts agency for mixed bodies, and allegiance with land and water. She earned her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Johnson exhibits, performs, speaks and writes independently and collaboratively.
Johnson’s work is in many public and private collections including The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL and The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM. Her work is currently on view in the Future of Craft at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. She has also exhibited broadly at institutions and galleries including the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, the Museum of Design Atlanta; Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha NE; The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY and The Autry Museum, LA among others. Her work has been covered in Art in America, Hypperallergic, Smithsonian Magazine, First American Art Magazine and numerous other publications.
For nearly two decades Johnson’s work has navigated spaces between bodies and the body politic, land and culture rooted in and dependent on Anowarakowa Kawennote (Turtle Island). She creates work that celebrates connection and builds vision: sewing, casting, weaving, drawing, beading, painting, carving, performing, filming, and projecting into and out of how we are. Mixed materials and processes reflect her mixed heritage; Johnson asserts agency and allegiance to land, water, Indigenous bodies and culture. Her works are containers for story, feeling and thought, exercises for existence. Johnson’s work casts light and throws shadow on how and who we are, and on how and who we could be.
Renée Stout grew up in Pittsburgh and received her B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1980. Originally trained as a painter, she moved to Washington, D.C. in 1985 where she began to explore the spiritual roots of her African American heritage through her work and eventually became the first American artist to exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Inspired by the African Diaspora, as well as everyday life in her DC neighborhood and current events, she employs a variety of media, including painting, drawing, mixed media sculpture, photography and installation in an attempt to create works that encourage self-examination, introspection and the ability to laugh at the absurdities of life and ourselves.
Stout has been the recipient of awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Bader Fund, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. She was also the recipient of the Driskell Prize, awarded by the High Museum of Art and the Sondheim Award. Stout’s work can be found in many museum and private collections throughout the United States and in The Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, Netherlands. She has had solo exhibitions at the Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton, NY; the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, MI; the Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA and American University, Washington, D.C. among others. Her traveling museum exhibition, Tales of a Conjure Woman, which originated at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, SC was accompanied by a major monograph and was named one of the top 10 exhibitions of 2015 by Hyperallergic (catalog available). In 2016 her work in exhibition RAGGA NYC,: All the threatened and Delicious Things Joining Into One Another at the New Museum in New York was reviewed in The New Yorker and in Artnet.
Her work is included in the many major public collections: The National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; University Of Tucson Art Museum, Tucson, AZ; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA and The Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; Saint Louis Museum of Art, Saint Louis, MO; The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN; The Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, MI; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, KS; The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; The National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington, DC; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC.