For Art Basel Miami Beach 2015, Rhona Hoffman Gallery will exhibit a booth focused on the work of contemporary artist Deana Lawson, a photographer whose images are inspired by the materiality and expression of black culture(s) globally. In September 2015, Lawson’s first solo museum exhibition will inaugurate a new photography series at the Art Institute of Chicago; Rhona Hoffman Gallery will feature a selection of photographs from this pivotal exhibition in their booth at Art Basel Miami Beach.
Lawson’s oeuvre, developed over the last decade, is a collective portrait, which investigates black aesthetics through the body, the domestic environment, and various settings of ritual or celebration. From behind her large format camera, Lawson coaxes the spontaneous out of carefully constructed compositions. The resulting images are both self-referential and anthropologically rich. As writer and musician Greg Tate eloquently phrased it “[Lawson’s] practice subtly contests the suppression of Black visual epistemologies--as much through absence as presence, withheld information as much as cultural saturation bombing.” Lawson received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; MOMA PS1, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago. Recently, Lawson
was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, which allowed her to expand the locations of her work to Jamaica, Haiti, the Congo, and Ethiopia.
In addition, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, will feature emerging and well-established artists who also investigate the figure or address socio-political themes.
NATHANIEL MARY QUINN