Friday, May 30, 2014

SIGNED: Titus Kaphar

Titus Kaphar photographed February 28, 2013 in New York City. BlackArtistNews photo. All rights reserved.

Major talent adds weight to hefty roster at Jack Shainman  

BlackArtistNews | May 30, 2014

BlackArtistNews has learned that Jack Shainman now represents Titus Kaphar. The artist may appear to be a rookie amongst the gallery’s elite register of established veterans El Anatsui, Kerry James Marshall and Carrie Mae Weems, but his protean talent has proven he's a heavy hitter well prepared to join their league.


Titus Kaphar was born in 1976 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He currently lives and works between New York and Connecticut, USA. His artworks interact with the history of art by appropriating its styles and mediums. Kaphar cuts, bends, sculpts and mixes the work of Classic and Renaissance painters, creating formal games and new tales between fiction and quotation.

From the essay “Intricate Illusion” by Bridget R. Cooks, PhD:

Kaphar works hard to present the appearance of the truth in painting as his first effect. His paintings offer something familiar to draw the viewer in and, at the same time, offer a deformation. Within a few moments of approaching one of his works, it is clear that something is not quite right. The viewers must labor to deduce what exactly is going on. The persistence of change in Kaphar’s work mimics the revelation of inherited narratives within personal and collective histories that explain how our present constructed as deceptively simple truths: the past, like the present, is complex, sloppy, and contradictory; our understanding of history as an easily consumable narrative is often an intricate illusion. The fact that histories have multiple points of view is a given for Kaphar, and his work offers these perspectives for the viewer both to experience and reveal.

Click here to read complete text for “Intricate Illusion” published on the occasion of the exhibition Titus Kaphar: Classical Disruption, February 17 – April 2, 2011, at Friedman Benda, New York.

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