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JEFFERY GIBSON AT THE BLANTON

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Last week I had some time to kill in Austin between appointments and remembered a post I saw on Instagram about the Jeffrey Gibson: This is The Day exhibition at the Blanton. I didn’t know who the artist was, but I was attracted to the post showing an detail shot of a woven piece and thought I had nothing to loose by doing a quick visit.

I was not wrong and I need to go back as I was too hurried on this initial visit! It was blown away.

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“Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day is a vibrant, celebratory exhibition in which the artist brings together his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage and a range of diverse artistic and cultural influences to explore race, sexuality, religion, and gender.”

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“More than 50 works made between 2014 and 2018 include intricately beaded wall hangings and punching bags, paintings, ceramics, garments, helmets, and a new video commissioned for the exhibition, I Was Here (2018).”

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I found this to be a beautiful installed exhibition, and such intricate work given ample room to breathe and sing and invite closer looking. The beaded and woven pieces are so textured and tempting to touch that throughtout the show, I appreciated that the museum has gone extra lengths to remind visitors “do not touch.”

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Bravo Blanton! Another stunning exhibit… I’ll be back!

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