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MARCUS BRUTUS

The Truth That Never Hurts
Through July 14, 2020

The Truth That Never Hurts

Marcus Brutus: Truth That Never Hurts

Marcus Brutus

June 13 – July 14, 2020

 

Harper's is thrilled to announce an expansion of our East Hampton location, with a new gallery adjacent to our existing storefront at 87 Newtown Lane. In the nearly 1500 square feet of added exhibition space and private viewing rooms, we will feature multiple shows throughout the summer to accompany our existing programming.

The first exhibition in the new gallery is a solo presentation by Marcus Brutus, his third with Harper's, entitled The Truth That Never Hurts. In these thirteen new paintings on canvas made during quarantine, Brutus has shifted his focus to formal interactions of color, and an examination of abstract motifs within his traditional figurative work. By immersing his scenes with highly saturated backdrops, his depictions of everyday moments in Black life take on a kaleidoscopic quality bordering on the fantastical. At once light-hearted and thought-provoking, this new body of work sets a salutary tone for what has been a rocky year.

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In Your Arms (We Gonna Make It)

In Your Arms (We Gonna Make It)
2020
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 40 inches

Untitled Couple

Untitled Couple 
2020
Acrylic on linen
48 x 48 inches

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Man in a Lime Green Suit

Man in a Lime Green Suit
2019
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 30 inches

Pannonica

Pannonica
2020
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 60 inches

The Sitter

The Sitter
2020
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 60 inches

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Fantastic Voyage Aboard the Black Star Line

Fantastic Voyage Aboard the Black Star Line 
2020
Acrylic on linen
48 x 60 inches

How Bout Us

How Bout Us
2020
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 48 inches

If You Come Along (I'll Be There)

If You Come Along (I'll Be There)
2020
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 30 inches

Black Athlete Bouillabaisse

Black Athlete Bouillabaisse
2020
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 inches

South LA Fadeaway

South LA Fadeaway 
2020
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 30 inches

By 'ped

By 'ped
2020
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 40 inches
 

Diamond Life

Diamond Life 
2020
Acrylic on linen
72 x 36 inches

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An Unlikely Bride
2020
Acrylic on linen
48 x 48 inches

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In Your Arms (We Gonna Make It)

In Your Arms (We Gonna Make It)
2020
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 40 inches

Untitled Couple

Untitled Couple 
2020
Acrylic on linen
48 x 48 inches

Man in a Lime Green Suit

Man in a Lime Green Suit
2019
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 30 inches

Pannonica

Pannonica
2020
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 60 inches

The Sitter

The Sitter
2020
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 60 inches

Fantastic Voyage Aboard the Black Star Line

Fantastic Voyage Aboard the Black Star Line 
2020
Acrylic on linen
48 x 60 inches

How Bout Us

How Bout Us
2020
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 48 inches

If You Come Along (I'll Be There)

If You Come Along (I'll Be There)
2020
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 30 inches

Black Athlete Bouillabaisse

Black Athlete Bouillabaisse
2020
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 inches

South LA Fadeaway

South LA Fadeaway 
2020
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 30 inches

By 'ped

By 'ped
2020
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 40 inches
 

Diamond Life

Diamond Life 
2020
Acrylic on linen
72 x 36 inches

An Unlikely Bride
2020
Acrylic on linen
48 x 48 inches

"It’s important to talk about why I make the paintings I do, and why there is a focus on ensuring that within each painting, the black figure is central. However, I don’t want to focus too much on specific histories or specific events because I think it then takes precedence in the conversation around the work. To me, these are really just images of humanity. The only politics about them is the fact that I’ve uniquely used black figures. But they’re just scenes of everyday life."

–Marcus Brutus, from his Juxtapoz interview 

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Marcus Brutus
The Uhmericans

Essay by Antwaun Sargent
East Hampton: Harper's Books, 2019
First Edition
Limited to 500 copies
120 pages

Price: $50.00

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"Instead of using his canvases as agitprop of overcorrection, or to justify the rightful and humane existence of black Americans at home through representations of black moral uplift, Brutus simply places the black figure at the center of his canvases. The scenes contend with contemporary American history, identity, and art in fabulous and funny narratives, painted to visualize the power to define one’s country, culture, and self independent from mainstream norms. There are intimate moments of black love and private defiance, both of which shape blackness as much as any public glory said to represent the entire culture."

–Antwaun Sargent

Recent interview with Radio Juxtapoz

Cerebral Women Art Talks podcast

Twilight Talks interview

Marcus Brutus is a self-taught, New York–based artist who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. His paintings explore, in his own words, “ideas of power through portraiture.” Drawing inspiration from diverse source materials culled from the realms of fashion, film, music, photography, art, and politics, he fluidly interweaves subtle and overt references to the past and present, the real and imagined, to create vignettes that seem to collapse discrete eras and context. “What I’m trying to do is establish a legacy,” Brutus explains, “I want to show these very contemporary issues, but show them as having some long past.” There is a palpable emotional intensity to his practice, reinforced by his saturated use of color and dynamically askew lines. 

Brutus has presented two solo exhibitions with Harper's, The Uhmericans at Harper’s Apartment in New York in 2018 and Go To Work. Get Your Money and Come Home. You Don’t Live There at the East Hampton gallery in 2019. He was included in the 2019 group show American African American, curated by Arnold Lehman, at Phillips in New York, and will participate in upcoming group shows at Library Street Collective, Detriot, Ramp Gallery, London, and PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwep, curated by Mathieu Van Damme of Case Studyo. Brutus also had a solo booth at EXPO Chicago and presented his work at UNTITLED, Art Miami Beach with Harper's, both in 2019. He has been featured in several interviews, mostly recently with Radio Juxatpoz and Juxtapoz Magazine, Cerebral Women, and Twilight Talks. Brutus's first monograph, Marcus Brutus: The Uhmericans, was published by Harper’s Books and features an essay by Antwaun Sargent.

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