For the 2017 edition of the Independent, New York, Garth Greenan Gallery presents a solo-exhibition of photographic works by Howardena Pindell—Howardena Pindell: Video Drawings, 1974-1976.
The works included—twelve unique chromogenic prints—were last displayed as part of Rooms, the inaugural exhibition at Alana Heiss’ P.S. 1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources (1976). Pindell captures televised sports events beneath transparencies marked with her signature abstract systems of lines, numbers, arrows, and dots. The marks do not signify the measurement of space; however, their placement is enhanced relative to the movement of the image (shape and value contrast) on the television screen. Her Video Drawings represent the artist’s earliest experimentations with photography, as well as her first attempts at combining both figurative and abstract imagery.
Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Howardena Pindell studied painting at Boston University and Yale University. After graduating, she accepted a job in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at the Museum of Modern Art, where she remained for 12 years (1967–1979). In 1979, she began teaching at the State University of New York, Stony Brook where she is now a full professor. Throughout her career, Pindell has exhibited extensively. Following our booth presentation, Pindell’s work will appear in major international group exhibitions—Power (2017, Sprüth Magers); We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 (2017, Brooklyn Museum); Magnetic Fields: Abstraction by Black Women Artists, 1960 to Present (2017, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art); Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (2017, Tate Modern); Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980 (2017–2018, Metropolitan Museum of Art); and Outliers and American Vanguard Art (2018, National Gallery; 2018, High Museum of Art; 2018–2019, Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
A full-career retrospective of Pindell’s work will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago in Spring 2018.
Pindell’s work is in the permanent collections of major museums internationally, including: the Brooklyn Museum; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; the Fogg Museum, Harvard University; the High Museum of Art; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the National Gallery of Art; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art; the Wadsworth Atheneum; the Walker Art Center; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Garth Greenan Gallery is pleased to represent Howardena Pindell.