Adam Pendleton. Photo: Micaiah Carter for The New York Times.
Frustrated creatively in Brooklyn, Mr. Pendleton decamped to Germantown, N.Y., in the Hudson Valley in 2007 to live and work. 'I began thinking very deeply about what it meant to create space for yourself as an artist from an art historical standpoint,' he said. 'But also, what ideas can you contribute to the world as an artist that matter.' Out of that fertile time came his Black Dada paintings — large, monochromatic, abstract-seeming diptychs that incorporate type. He described Black Dada as 'a way of articulating a broad conceptualization of blackness.'
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