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Elizabeth K. Mix

(b Addis Ababa, 1970).

Ethiopian painter, active also in the USA. She received a BA from Kalamazoo College, Michigan (1992) and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (1997). Mehretu simultaneously references and breaks from the history of abstract modernist painting in her works, which combine multiple layers of drawing and painting, and are embedded with appropriated cultural references ranging from corporate logos and architectural structures to art history, comics, and graffiti.

Works such as Dispersion (2002; see 2006 exh. cat., p. 81) first suggest topographical drawings combined with geometric coloured shapes and swirling lines in a controlled chaos that simultaneously deconstructs and regenerates. Her work has been influenced by a range of art historical sources: a Baroque theatricality (alluded to specifically in The Seven Acts of Mercy (2004), inspired by Caravaggio (see 2006 exh. cat., pp. 132–3); Italian Futurism’s anarchistic revolution fueled by speed and technology; and the utopian social visions of Russian Constructivism. Geometric shapes associated with Kazimir Malevich are referenced in ...


Jordana Moore Saggese

African American painter, performance artist, mixed-media artist, and writer. Pindell studied painting at Boston University, where she received a BFA in 1965, and also attended Yale University School of Art and Architecture, where she received an MFA in 1967. Throughout her career Pindell worked in and experimented with a variety of media, including painting, photography, text, printmaking, and video....


American, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1964, in San Francisco.

Draughtsman, painter, sculptor.

William Scott is a member of the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, which supports his art career as he lives with both autism and schizophrenia. Scott’s practice includes drawings, ceramic sculptures, and writing as well as architectural planning and design. Scott is noted for his ability to render his subjects with impressive detail despite being a self-taught artist.

Scott’s best known work revolves around his imagined utopia, Praise Frisco. In his muralistic and poster-style portraits, Scott draws and paints images of idealized city life. He also creates architectural elevations, models, and city plans for his imagined community. Although Praise Frisco is a vision for the future, its characters and aesthetics are rooted in a 1960s and 1970s aesthetic, reflecting Scott’s fascination with those years as a model of strong morality and great American music and culture.

Baptist teachings shape Scott’s ideals of morality in ...