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Diedrick Brackens: darling divined

Diedrick Brackens: darling divined

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Diedrick Brackens: darling divined

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Margot Norton. New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2019. Published, 2021. Organized and published in association with Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas Austin.

188 pp. Well illustrated (all col.). 25 x 19 cm. In English. Paperbound.

ISBN 9780915557288 (imprinted ISBN invalid)

Diedrick Brackens (born 1989) constructs intricately woven textiles that speak to the complexities of Black and queer identity in the United States. He foregrounds the loaded associations of cotton, which is enmeshed in the history of the transatlantic slave trade, and inscribes his weavings with symbolic materials and figures that probe the tangled threads of American history.For darling divined, Brackens presents a selection of new and recent weavings. Their titles draw from poetry and literature by writers such as Essex Hemphill, a poet and activist known for openly addressing race, sexuality, the rise of HIV/AIDS and other issues affecting the queer African American community. This work was inspired by Hemphill’s poems, particularly “The Father, Son and Unholy Ghosts,” which speaks to the intricacies of familial relationships and the radical gesture of birthing one’s own identity. Brackens’ large-scale tapestries portray moments of intimacy between coupled beings, whether they be animals, lovers, relatives or friends.

Subject Headings: Western Art -- United States -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Textile/Fiber Arts -- African American Artists ; LGBTQ --

Artist(s): Brackens, Diedrick

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