Amy Sherald is acclaimed for paintings of Black Americans at leisure that achieve the authority of landmarks in the long tradition of social portraiture—a tradition that for too long excluded the Black men, women, and families whose lives have been inextricable from the grand narrative of American experience. Beginning 20 March 2021, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles will present the artist’s first West Coast solo exhibition, Amy Sherald. The Great American Fact, debuting all new works made by the artist in 2020. Taking its title from Anna Julia Cooper’s 1892 book, A Voice From the South by a Black Woman of the South, the exhibition will find Sherald expanding upon her distinctive visual language in paintings of individuals and group portraits. The inherent radicality of Sherald’s vision and technique invites viewers to engage her subjects in a dialogue that challenges accepted notions of race and representation.
Sherald was the first woman and first African American ever to receive first prize in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. She rose to national attention in February 2018 with the unveiling of her official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition, Amy Sherald, was shown at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2018, and opened at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in January 2019. She received the 2018 David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta GA. Alongside her painterly practice, Sherald has contributed for almost two decades to socially committed creative initiatives, including teaching art in prisons and art projects with teenagers.
Press release courtesy Hauser & Wirth.