"David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History" exhibition

  • Date: June 19, 2021
  • Location: Portland Museum of Art, Portland

"David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History" represents a landmark moment in American art: a major exhibition of artist, curator, and scholar David Driskell’s remarkable career as a painter. Driskell’s legacy in the history of American art is unparalleled: through his curatorial work, his writing, and his teaching, he pushed audiences to consider the American story inclusive of the art of Black people. Driskell (1931-2020) was long recognized for his vibrant and versatile painting and printmaking practice, which combines his sharp observation of American landscapes and his interest in the imagery and aesthetic innovations of the African diaspora. The exhibition surveys seven decades of the artist’s painterly practice from the 1950s forward. His command of color and line and attentiveness to the symbolism of form is showcased through his subjects, including the natural world, remembrances of the Southern Black experience, and the Black Christian church. This exhibition features works from both public and private collections, including rarely seen works from the artist’s own collection. For decades, Driskell split his time between his home in Falmouth, Maine, and Hyattsville, Maryland. "Icons of Nature and History" tells a rich and vibrant story of art that is intrinsically tied to Maine and uniquely American.   The PMA is honored to organize this exhibition in partnership with the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.


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