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Installation view of Artists of Color

Installation view of Artists of Color, May 2017–February 2018 at The Underground Museum. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Photo by Justin Lubliner and Cameron Crone.

Artists of Color

The Underground Museum

The Underground Museum presents Artists of Color, the third exhibition curated by the late artist Noah Davis, showcasing color-driven work in the form of monochrome, hard-edge, and color field painting, as well as immersive installations that focus on acts of visual perception, a fundamental building block of aesthetic experience. Varied and vibrant hues made by paint, plexiglass, florescent tubes, and pigment sculptures offer an opportunity to reflect on the various ways that color has been defined and deployed by different time periods and cultures.

On view are some of the most well-known names in contemporary art, including Josef Albers, Michael Asher, Jo Baer, Dan Flavin, Carmen Herrera, Ellsworth Kelly, Jennie C. Jones, and Donald Judd, among others. Key artworks include Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Forbidden Colors (1988), a monochrome triptych in the colors of the Palestinian flag, and an adaptation of Diana Thater’s RGB Windows for MOCA (2001) presented in The Underground Museum’s Purple Garden. Additional highlights added posthumously to Noah Davis’ original artist list are Davis’ own 2004 (1) (2008), from his Swing State series created during President Obama’s first election campaign, and a West Coast exhibition debut for the 102-year-old painter, Carmen Herrera.

Artists of Color is made possible by generous grants from The Aileen Getty Foundation, Ford Foundation, Pasadena Art Alliance, and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Special thanks to Honor Fraser Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Arthur Lewis and Hau Nguyen.

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