SITE131 presents Black Paintings: a response to Jackson Pollock Opening Day

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SITE131 presents Black Paintings - Beverly Baker, Untitled, 2014
Untitled, 2014 ballpoint pen, colored pencil on paper by Beverly Baker Photo courtesy of SITE131

SITE131, Dallas’ nonprofit kunsthalle, presents Black Paintings: a response to Jackson Pollock. This exhibition of paintings and drawings responds to Dallas Museum of Art’s impactful presentation of Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings earlier this year. With an eye for artists working in black and in a similar abstract expressionist mode, director|curator Joan Davidow presents the work of Beverly Baker from Kentucky; British painter|fashion model Phoebe Collings-James; James Buss, a recent Dallasite from California; Texas painter Luke Harnden; and Maximilian Prüfer, an artist working in Vienna.

  • International entry Maximilian Prüfer approaches science-as-art in mural-sized work. Over a designated time period, Prüfer permits traces of raindrops to bathe a black ground.
  • James Buss’ blacks puddle within a ground of greyish plaster that stand propped on the floor’s edge. His marks create expressionist imagery that read as poetry.
  • Beverly Baker’s intense markings with black ballpoint pen on paper repeat obsessively to build a luscious surface that looks metallic and painterly. To complete the black story, one or more artists under consideration will add to the striking presentation.
  • In her Tar Baby trio of wildly painted on unstretched canvases, Phoebe Collings-James paints with her body to challenge perceptions of race, sexuality, and feminism.
  • Luke Harnden presents organized linear fields of black-and-white automatic and repetitive gestures.

Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on display through August 13.

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131 Payne St.
Dallas, TX 75207


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Admission is free.