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Hugo McCloud

Hugo McCloud

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Hugo McCloud

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Exhibition Catalog

Sean Kelly, New York, 2021. Published in association with Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin.

224 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 27 x 22 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9783775751568

Released in conjunction with the exhibition titled, Hugo McCloud: From Where I Stand at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, 2021, but it does not specifically document the show. Publisher's description: Brooklyn-based painter Hugo McCloud (born 1980) makes large-scale works depicting resilient laborers and immigrants, as well as colorful abstractions. His figurative paintings often feature subjects from behind, or with their faces otherwise obscured from the viewer. Finding beauty in the everyday is central to McCloud’s vision: he regularly incorporates unconventional and overlooked industrial materials such as single-use plastic bags, black tar and sheets of aluminum, along with bronze panels treated with acid. McCloud’s ingenious approach to materiality is informed by a deep interest in social and political concerns, as evidenced by the keen focus on immigrant workers in his paintings. McCloud’s work in the 2014 to 2018 period can generally be categorized as abstraction, but as with many other African American artists whose work is primarily non-representational, it was informed by the experience of being biracial—in subtle ways that pose an affinity to the methods of African American artists of previous generations, such as Jack Whitten and Melvin Edwards. This is most evident in the materials (roofing metal, tar paper, and plastic bags) and processes he gravitates to, which McCloud uses to encode social and cultural memory.

Subject Headings: Western Art -- United States -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Mixed Media and Collage ; Painting -- African American Artists --

Artist(s): McCloud, Hugo

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