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Potent

Curated by Nicasio Fernandez
 

June 26 – July 21, 2021


Harper's East Hampton
87 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937

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Potent

Featuring works by: Katherine Bradford, Melissa Brown, Marcus Brutus, Aaron Johnson, Judith Linhares, Kyle Staver, Peter Williams

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Aaron Johnson
She Stared Into the Mind of the Moon Man
2021
Acrylic on canvas
19 x 15 in

Judith Linhares
Wait
2020
Oil on linen
12 x 16 in

Katherine Bradford
Oncoming Wave
2021
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 in

Marcus Brutus
Untitled
2021
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 30 in

Peter Williams
BLAM!!
2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 in

Melissa Brown
November Prediction
2020
Flashe, oil, and acrylic on dibond
34 x 26 in

Kyle Staver
Medusa
2020
Oil on panel
20 x 16 in

Kyle Staver
Dawn
2019
Oil on panel
20 x 16 in

Aaron Johnson
She Stared Into the Mind of the Moon Man
2021
Acrylic on canvas
19 x 15 in

Judith Linhares
Wait
2020
Oil on linen
12 x 16 in

Katherine Bradford
Oncoming Wave
2021
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 in

Marcus Brutus
Untitled
2021
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 30 in

Peter Williams
BLAM!!
2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 in

Melissa Brown
November Prediction
2020
Flashe, oil, and acrylic on dibond
34 x 26 in

Kyle Staver
Medusa
2020
Oil on panel
20 x 16 in

Kyle Staver
Dawn
2019
Oil on panel
20 x 16 in

Katherine Bradford (b. 1942, New York, NY) received a BA from Bryn Mawr College in the 1960’s, and later, an MFA from SUNY Purchase in 1987. Over the course of her acclaimed career, Bradford received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Most recently, Bradford’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at CANADA, New York, NY; Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR; Pampoli Presti, London, UK and Paris, FR; and Galerie Haverkampf, Berlin, DE. She has participated in group shows at MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, NY; Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR; Nerman Museum, Overland Park, KS; and Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA. Her work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME; Hall Art Foundation, Derneburg, DE; Menil Collection, Houston, TX; and Portland Museum of Art, ME, among other institutions. Bradford lives and works between Brooklyn, NY and Brunswick, ME.

Melissa Brown (b. 1974, Morristown, NJ) received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1996, an MFA from Yale University in 1999, and attended Skowhegan in 2000. Most recently, her work has been the subject of solo and two-person exhibitions at Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY (2020 and 2018); University of Georgia, Athens, GA (2019); Auburn University, Auburn, AL (2018); Magenta Plains, New York, NY (2016); and Roberto Paradise, San Juan, PR (2016). She has participated in group exhibitions at Art in General, New York, NY; Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA; High Desert Test Sites, various locations in and between Joshua Tree, CA and Long Island City, NY; Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA; and OHWOW, Miami, FL, among other institutions. Her work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New York City Department of Education. Brown lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Marcus Brutus (b. 1991, Queens, NY) is a self-taught, New York City-based artist who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University, Queens. Brutus is represented by Harper’s and will present his fourth solo exhibition with the gallery in Fall 2021. Most recently, his work has been the subject of solo exhibitions: Good Night Willie Lee, I’ll See You in the Morning, Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI (2020-21); Marcus Brutus: The Truth That Never Hurts (2020); and Go To Work. Get Your Money and Come Home. You Don’t Live There, Harper’s, East Hampton, NY (2019). Brutus was included in the 2019 group presentation American African American, curated by Arnold Lehman, at Phillips, New York, NY, as well as group shows at König Gallery, Berlin, DE (forthcoming); Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY (2021); Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, SE (2021); Gana Art, Seoul, KR (2021); and Harper’s, East Hampton, NY (2021 and 2020).

Brutus’s painting, Bus Stop, appears on the cover of the forthcoming anthology The Movement for Black Lives: Philosophical Perspectives, to be published in September 2021 by Oxford University Press. His first monograph, Marcus Brutus: The Uhmericans, was published by Harper’s in 2019, which features an essay by Gagosian director and curator Antwaun Sargent.

Aaron Johnson (b. 1975, St. Paul, MN) received an MFA from CUNY Hunter College in 2005. Most recently, his work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Galerie Sébastien Adrien, Paris, FR; Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, DK; Over the Influence, Los Angeles, CA; and Joshua Liner Gallery, New York. Johnson’s work is held in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hudson Valley MOCA, Peekskill, NY; Colección Solo, Madrid, ES; and Fundación Mer, Madrid, ES. His work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including Artforum, New York Times, and Village Voice. Johnson currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Judith Linhares (b. 1940 Pasadena, CA) received a BFA in 1964 and an MFA in 1970 from California College of the Arts. After participating in Marcia Tucker's ovarial exhibition “Bad” Painting at the New Museum in 1978, Linhares moved to New York City, where she currently lives and works. Linhares’ resume includes over 40 solo exhibitions, most recently at PPOW, New York, NY (2019); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA (2018); Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2016); Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY (2011 and 2006); and the New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Branch, New York, NY (2008). Her work is held in numerous public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; US Department of State Art Bank; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

Kyle Staver (b. 1953, Virginia, MN) received a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1976, and an MFA from Yale University in 1987. Most recently, her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Zürcher Gallery, New York, NY (2021, 2020, and 2018); RX Gallery, Paris, FR (2019); National Arts Club, New York, NY (2019); Ohio State University at Lima, OH (2017); and Tibor de Nagy, New York, NY (2013), among other institutions. Her work is held in the collections of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; McEvoy Foundation, San Francisco, CA; National Academy of Design, New York, NY; and the National Arts Club, New York, NY. Staver currently lives and works in New York City.

Peter Williams (b. 1952, Nyack, NY) received a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1975, and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1987. Most recently, his work has been the subject of solo exhibitions: Black Universe, Freight + Volume, New York, NY (2021), Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI, and Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA (2020); Narration and Transition, Trinosophes, Detroit, MI (2020); Mass Murder, Paul Kotula Projects, Ferndale, MI (2020); River of Styx, Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA (2018); and With So Little To Be Sure Of, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY (2018). He has participated in group exhibitions at Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR; Kunstraum Potsdam, DE; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, among other institutions. Williams’ work is held in numerous permanent collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; and Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington DC. In 2021, Williams was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize. He currently lives and works in Wilmington, DE.