This catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition, Claudette Johnson: I Came to Dance at Modern Art Oxford, 1 June – 8 September 2019. Johnson creates large-scale studies of black men and women that are both intimate and powerful, as she notes: ‘I am interested in our humanity, our feelings and our politics; some things which have been neglected.’
Her exhibition at Modern Art Oxford marks Johnson’s first significant institutional show of her work, spanning four decades and including approximately 30 paintings and drawings in pastel, paint, ink and charcoal. The texts in this exhibition catalogue offer fresh insights into her practice and the dynamic impact of her association with the First National Black Arts Convention organised by the BLK Art Group in Wolverhampton, 1982. Alongside a selection of archival materials, the catalogue includes an interview with Johnson.
I Came to Dance
Publisher: Modern Art Oxford, 2019
Texts: Claudette Johnson, Courtney J. Martin, Steve McQueen, Ella S. Mills, Emma Ridgway and Gilane Tawadros
30 x 21.6 x 1.3 cm, 112 pages, softcover
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