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The Missing Book

Modern and Contemporary Art

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The Missing Book

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Renee Stout
American, born 1958




Mixed media

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17 x 14 inches


On View - Anne Cox Chambers Wing, Skyway, Gallery 422


Looking for inspiration from the belief systems of African peoples and their descendants throughout the African Diaspora, Renee Stout embarks on an anthropological investigation characterized by self examination, self empowerment and self healing. Her suite of paintings entitled “Pretty Wings (Part 1)” consists of four works with enigmatic titles that evoke personal memories of shared experiences: “We Shared a Ripe Mango,” “No Match for Your Demons,” “We Were Laughing on the Sun Porch,” and “The Missing Book.” Each panel presents a vignette that suggests the fragment of a narrative which is left for the viewer to complete. “Pretty Wings (Part 1)” is rich with images of mysterious objects that conjure pivotal moments of life hidden in the recesses of memory.


Purchase with David C. Driskell African American Art Acquisition Fund

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© Renee Stout