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Fond memories of an exhibition of works by the renowned master sculptor Richard Hunt (09.12.1935 - 12.16.2023) and Steph...
12/19/2023

Fond memories of an exhibition of works by the renowned master sculptor Richard Hunt (09.12.1935 - 12.16.2023) and Stephen Procuniar (d. 2006) at our former Prince Street location in 1997. The exhibition celebrated the common links by both artists to Chicago’s mythic past and what it taught them about life and art, and was attended by their many friends and admirers. Richard Hunt who passed away peacefully in his native Chicago last Saturday was a humble, kind and generous man who left behind a rich artistic legacy that will be celebrated by all in years to come.
Rest in Power Maestro.

Firelei Baez, Tschabalala Self and Howardena Pindell in conversation with moderator Glenn Adamson. Organized in conjunct...
12/14/2023

Firelei Baez, Tschabalala Self and Howardena Pindell in conversation with moderator Glenn Adamson. Organized in conjunction with the exhibition: Making Their Mark: Art by Women in the Shah Garg Collection last evening at 548 West 22nd Street in Chelsea. The exhibition was curated by Cecilia Alemani, and is on view through January 27th, 2024

Lula Mae Blocton: Twisted Forms, Transparent Bands, 1981-1996  November 11, 2023 - January 27, 2024Lula Mae Blocton (b. ...
12/07/2023

Lula Mae Blocton: Twisted Forms, Transparent Bands, 1981-1996 November 11, 2023 - January 27, 2024

Lula Mae Blocton (b. 1947) is Michigan-born and traces her heritage to a rural community near Selma, Alabama. She earned an MFA from Indiana University and retired as Emeritus Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University in 2014.

Pictured: Installation views



Pictured:
1. Octagon Clear Twist Night, 1995. colored pencil on rag paper, 22x30 inches
2. Octagon Clear Day Twist, 1996, colored pencil on rag paper, 22x30 inches
3. Octagon Summer Twist, 1996, colored pencil on rag paper, 22x30 inches
4. Octagon Winter Twist, 1996, colored pencil on rag paper, 22x30 inches
5. Study for Octagon, 1995. pencil paper, 22x30 inches
6. Installation view

Lula Mae Blocton: Twisted Forms, Transparent Bands, 1981-1996….on view through January 27, 2024Blocton made her first at...
12/06/2023

Lula Mae Blocton: Twisted Forms, Transparent Bands, 1981-1996….on view through January 27, 2024

Blocton made her first attempt to draw twisted shapes in 1971 with a painting named First Clear. She then picked up what she had started there a decade later. Breaking down the elements of the series, she explains “Each painting consist s of three layers: a base of woven colors or black and white lines, the illusion of twisted transparent or toned band shaped and the light reflections on to the surface of these forms” She continues “Each of these works is based on an actual still life and has a precise line drawing cartoon. However, I was never restricted to the physical inspiration, often eliminating or changing the reflections and highlights of the cellophane to enhance an abstract pattern.” Blocton’s created line drawings of an incredible precision level. She would use them to transfer the composition on canvas and work on the color transitions over weeks or months after.

“Lula Mae Blocton: African-American Experience through Color and Pattern”, a 225-page hardcover monograph with autobiogr...
12/05/2023

“Lula Mae Blocton: African-American Experience through Color and Pattern”, a 225-page hardcover monograph with autobiographical text by the artist, accompanied with an insightful essay by art historian and independent curator Dr. Barbara Stehle.

Published by Palestine Books, the monograph presents an overview with full color images of Lula Mae Blocton’s work from 1970s to the present.

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Making Their Mark: Art by Women in the Shah Garg Collection. Curated by Cecilia Alemani…on view thru January 27, 2024 @ ...
12/03/2023

Making Their Mark: Art by Women in the Shah Garg Collection. Curated by Cecilia Alemani…on view thru January 27, 2024 @ 548 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, NYC

Slides:
1. Emma Amos (American, 1937-2020)
2. Pinaree Sanpitak (Bangladesh, 1961)
3. Installation view
4. Sheila Hicks (American, 1934)
5. Portia Zvavahera (Zimbabwe, 1985)
6. Kay WalkingStick (American, 1935)
7. Jade Fadojutimi (Nigerian/British, 1993)
8. Installation view
9. Merikobeb Berhanu (Ethiopia, 1977)
10. Sonia Gomes (Brazil, 1948)

Lula Mae Blocton: Twisted Forms, Transparent Bands, 1981-1996  November 11, 2023 - January 27, 2024Lula Mae Blocton (b. ...
12/02/2023

Lula Mae Blocton: Twisted Forms, Transparent Bands, 1981-1996 November 11, 2023 - January 27, 2024

Lula Mae Blocton (b. 1947) is Michigan-born and traces her heritage to a rural community near Selma, Alabama. She earned an MFA from Indiana University and retired as Emeritus Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University in 2014.

Pictured: Installation views

Lula Mae Blocton: SunriseSunset, 1993, oil on canvas, triptych, 48x150 inches….on view thru January 27. 2024Blocton made...
11/24/2023

Lula Mae Blocton: SunriseSunset, 1993, oil on canvas, triptych, 48x150 inches….on view thru January 27. 2024

Blocton made her first attempt to draw twisted shapes in 1971 with a painting named First Clear. She then picked up what she had started there a decade later. Breaking down the elements of the series, she explains: “Each painting consists of three layers: a base of woven color or black and white lines, the illusion of twisted transparent or toned band shapes and the light reflections on the surfaces of these forms.” Sculptural modeling and perspectival construction are central to the Twisted Forms Transparent Band series of 1981-1996. Blocton’s ambitious works bring illusionism and trompe l’oeil out of the territory of representation and into abstraction.

The scale of the Twisted Forms project and its high technical demands, required a step by step process. For each painting, Blocton followed a creative sequence that started with a three dimensional model build up in the studio with cellophane bands positioned in front of paintings. She explains the next step: “Each of these works is based on an actual still life and has a precise line-drawing cartoon. However, I was never restricted to the physical inspiration, often eliminating or changing the reflections and highlights of the cellophane to enhance an abstract pattern.” Blocton created line drawings of an incredible precision level. She would use them to transfer the composition on canvas and work on the color transitions over weeks or month after.

Lula Mae Blocton (b. 1947) is Michigan-born and traces her heritage to a rural community near Selma, Alabama. She earned an MFA from Indiana University and retired as Emeritus Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University in 2014.

Barbara Stehle. Ph D
Art Historian and Independent curator

Lowery Sims with Lula Mae Blocton on opening day at Skoto Gallery.Lula Mae Blocton: Twisted Forms, Transparent Bands, 19...
11/22/2023

Lowery Sims with Lula Mae Blocton on opening day at Skoto Gallery.

Lula Mae Blocton: Twisted Forms, Transparent Bands, 1981-1996.
November 11, 2023 - January 27, 2024

Lula Mae Blocton is part of the post-war generation of American artists who entered art school when color in abstraction was predominantly associated with the aging abstract expressionist movement. In the sixties and seventies this generation went on to pioneer minimalism and conceptual art, as well as process art and performance art. Figuration was mostly taken up by artists looking to make sociopath-political statements: the practitioners of pop art, feminist art, and the Black aesthetics movement. The creative scene in this period was as dynamic as ever, but work that defied categorization often struggled to gain notice. Many artists fell through the cracks of art historical narratives, and we are only now coming to understand their contributions. Lula Mae Blocton is one of them.

Lula Mae Blocton (b. 1947) is Michigan-born and traces her origin to a rural community near Selma. Alabama. She earned an MFA at Indiana University and retired as Emeritus Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University in 2014

Barbara Stehle
Art historian and independent curator

Pictured: Red Orange, 1989, colored pencil on rag paper, 22x31 inches

Lula Mae Blocton: Twisted Forms, Transparent Bands, 1981-1996. On view thru January 27, 2024Lula Mae Blocton is part of ...
11/20/2023

Lula Mae Blocton: Twisted Forms, Transparent Bands, 1981-1996. On view thru January 27, 2024

Lula Mae Blocton is part of the post-war generation of American artists who entered art school when color in abstraction was predominantly associated with the aging abstract expressionist movement. In the sixties and seventies this generation went on to pioneer minimalism and conceptual art, as well as process art and performance art. Figuration was mostly taken up by artists looking to make sociopath-political statements: the practitioners of pop art, feminist art, and the Black aesthetics movement. The creative scene in this period was as dynamic as ever, but work that defied categorization often struggled to gain notice. Many artists fell through the cracks of art historical narratives, and we are only now coming to understand their contributions. Lula Mae Blocton is one of them.

Lula Mae Blocton (b. 1947) is Michigan-born and traces her origin to a rural community near Selma. Alabama. She earned an MFA at Indiana University and retired as Emeritus Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University in 2014

Barbara Stehle
Art historian and independent curator

Lula Mae Blocton:BlackWhite Yellow, 1991, oil on canvas, diptych, 36x64 inches…on view through January 27, 2024
11/18/2023

Lula Mae Blocton:BlackWhite Yellow, 1991, oil on canvas, diptych, 36x64 inches…on view through January 27, 2024

Skoto Gallery is pleased to present a selection of abstract paintings and drawings from the African-American artist Lula...
11/16/2023

Skoto Gallery is pleased to present a selection of abstract paintings and drawings from the African-American artist Lula Mae Blocton’s Twisted Forms, Transparent Band series, 1981-96. This exhibition will be her second solo show at the gallery and continues the historical survey started in the first exhibition dedicated to the 1970s. On view through January 27, 2024

Skoto Gallery is pleased to present a selection of abstract paintings and drawings from the African-American artist Lula...
11/10/2023

Skoto Gallery is pleased to present a selection of abstract paintings and drawings from the African-American artist Lula Mae Blocton’s Twisted Forms, Transparent Bands series, 1981-96. This exhibition will be her second solo show at the gallery and continues the historical survey started in the first exhibition dedicated to the 1970s. The reception is on Saturday, November 11, 3-6 pm.

Last Day: Lula Mae Blocton at The Art Show 2023 Organized by the ADAA.
11/05/2023

Last Day: Lula Mae Blocton at The Art Show 2023 Organized by the ADAA.

Meet artist Lula Mae Blocton and art historian/ independent curator Barbara Stehle at Skoto Gallery’s Booth B5 on Sunday...
11/04/2023

Meet artist Lula Mae Blocton and art historian/ independent curator Barbara Stehle at Skoto Gallery’s Booth B5 on Sunday, November 5th, 12-3pm

11/02/2023
Skoto Gallery is pleased to present abstract paintings and work on paper by the African-American artist Lula Mae Blocton...
11/02/2023

Skoto Gallery is pleased to present abstract paintings and work on paper by the African-American artist Lula Mae Blocton at the The Art Show organized by the ADAA, November 2-5, 2023

Pictured: The artist and friends at the preview gala to benefit the Henry Street Settlement, Wednesday, November 1st.

The Art Show 2023 organized by the ADAA. Opens tonight, Wednesday, November 1st for Benefit Preview
11/01/2023

The Art Show 2023 organized by the ADAA.
Opens tonight, Wednesday, November 1st for Benefit Preview

The Park Avenue Armory, New York.
10/29/2023

The Park Avenue Armory, New York.

Skoto Gallery is pleased to present abstract paintings and work on paper by the African-American artist Lula Mae Blocton...
10/28/2023

Skoto Gallery is pleased to present abstract paintings and work on paper by the African-American artist Lula Mae Blocton at the 2023 edition of The Art Show organized by the ADAA, November 1-5.

Lula Mae Blocton is part of the post-war generation of American artists who entered art school when color in abstraction was predominantly associated with the aging abstract expressionist movement. In the sixties and seventies this generation went on to pioneer minimalism and conceptual art, as well as process art and performance art. Figuration was mostly taken up by artists looking to make sociopath-political statements: the practitioners of pop art, feminist art, and the Black aesthetics movement. The creative scene in this period was as dynamic as ever, but work that defied categorization often struggled to gain notice. Many artists fell through the cracks of art historical narratives, and we are only now coming to understand their contributions. Lula Mae Blocton is one of them.

Lula Mae Blocton (b. 1947) is Michigan-born and traces her origin to a rural community near Selma. Alabama. She earned an MFA at Indiana University and retired as Emeritus Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University in 2014

Barbara Stehle
Art historian and independent curator

KT+ALH Collaboration Cuffs:1.  Bark Cuff Smooth, 2023, sterling silver and            diamond, 1.5x 2.5 inches2.  Bark C...
10/21/2023

KT+ALH Collaboration Cuffs:
1. Bark Cuff Smooth, 2023, sterling silver and diamond, 1.5x 2.5 inches
2. Bark Cuff Rough, 2023, sterling silver and diamond, 1.5x2.5 inches
3. Bark Cuff, No Diamond, 2023, sterling silver.
1.5x 2.5 inches

KT Taylor - Metamorphosis, ending October 21st, 3023.
10/20/2023

KT Taylor - Metamorphosis, ending October 21st, 3023.

Skoto Gallery is pleased to participate in the 2023 edition of The Art Show, organized by the ADAA, at the Park Avenue A...
10/19/2023

Skoto Gallery is pleased to participate in the 2023 edition of The Art Show, organized by the ADAA, at the Park Avenue Armory, November 1-5th. Gala reception benefiting the Henry Street Settlement is on Wednesday, November 1st.

Katherine TaylorMetamorphosisOn view through October 21st
10/13/2023

Katherine Taylor
Metamorphosis
On view through October 21st

Leaf Monkey, 2023, bronze, 10x12x21 inches.Mask Gorilla, 2023, mixed media on paper, 10x8 inches.
10/11/2023

Leaf Monkey, 2023, bronze, 10x12x21 inches.
Mask Gorilla, 2023, mixed media on paper,
10x8 inches.

Pasta-Penguin  #1, #2, #3, 2023, mixed media on paper, 10x8 inches.
10/10/2023

Pasta-Penguin #1, #2, #3, 2023, mixed media on paper, 10x8 inches.

Pasta-Penguin  #1, #2, #3, 2023, mixed media on paper, 10x8 inches.
10/10/2023

Pasta-Penguin #1, #2, #3, 2023, mixed media on paper, 10x8 inches.

Katherine TaylorMetamorphosisEnds October 21st
10/07/2023

Katherine Taylor
Metamorphosis
Ends October 21st

Katherine Taylor: Porcustick, 2023, stainless steel, 36x30x32 inches….on view through October 21st.Porcustick, 2023 is a...
09/25/2023

Katherine Taylor: Porcustick, 2023, stainless steel, 36x30x32 inches….on view through October 21st.

Porcustick, 2023 is a remarkable stainless steel sculpture that marries the textures of magnolia seed pods and budding fig tree branches. The sculpture invites tactile exploration provoking sensations that mirror porcupine’s defense mechanism. Katherine Taylor’s artistry lies in her careful selection of textures that challenges preconceived notions of art and nature.

Katherine Taylor: Porcustick, 2023, stainless steel, 36x30x32 inches….on view through October 21st.Porcustick, 2023 is a...
09/24/2023

Katherine Taylor: Porcustick, 2023, stainless steel, 36x30x32 inches….on view through October 21st.

Porcustick, 2023 is a remarkable stainless steel sculpture that marries the textures of magnolia seed pods and budding tree branches. The sculpture invites tactile exploration provoking sensations that mirror porcupine’s defense mechanism. Katherine Taylor’s artistry lies in her careful selection of textures that challenges preconceived notions of art and nature.

Katherine Taylor: Metamorphosis….on view through October 21st
09/21/2023

Katherine Taylor: Metamorphosis
….on view through October 21st

Katherine Taylor, Rabbit, 2023, tape drawing, 27x19.5 inches.
09/20/2023

Katherine Taylor, Rabbit, 2023, tape drawing, 27x19.5 inches.

Katherine Taylor: MetamorphosisNew Sculptures and  Drawings….on view through October 21stMy work is symbolic of how we i...
09/17/2023

Katherine Taylor: Metamorphosis
New Sculptures and Drawings
….on view through October 21st

My work is symbolic of how we interact with nature, fostering an appreciation and respect for its beauty and the wonder it provokes.
- Katherine Taylor

Slides:
1. Goat, 2023, mixed media on paper, 27x19.5 inches
2. Llama, 2023, mixed media on paper, 27x19.5 inches
3. Porcustick, 2023, mixed media on paper, 17.5”xx12”
4. Bear, 2023, mixed media on paper, 27x19.5 inches

09/16/2023
KT Taylor Jewelry in collaboration with Amanda Li  Hope. 1. bark cuff (rough)sterling silver and diamonds, 1.5x2.5”, 202...
09/13/2023

KT Taylor Jewelry in collaboration with Amanda Li Hope.
1. bark cuff (rough)
sterling silver and diamonds, 1.5x2.5”, 2023.

2. bark cuff (no diamonds)
sterling silver,1.5x2.5”, 2023.

3. bark cuff (smooth)
sterling silver and diamonds, 1.5x2.5”, 2023.

At the reception for Katherine Taylor’s exhibition. Thursday, September 7th.
09/09/2023

At the reception for Katherine Taylor’s exhibition. Thursday, September 7th.

Katherine Taylor: MetamorphosisNew Sculptures and DrawingsSeptember 7 -October 21, 2023Reception: Thursday, September 7,...
09/06/2023

Katherine Taylor: Metamorphosis
New Sculptures and Drawings
September 7 -October 21, 2023
Reception: Thursday, September 7, 6-8pm

Image : Porcustick, 2023, stainless steel, 36x30x32 inches

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