Dawn Williams Boyd: The Tip of the Iceberg to Open at Fort Gansevoort Gallery in September




Dawn Williams Boyd Covid Scream, 2022 Assorted fabrics, cotton embroidery floss, and mixed media 59 × 59 inches ©Dawn Williams Boyd. Courtesy of the artist and Fort Gansevoort, New York.

Beginning September 22, Fort Gansevoort will present The Tip of the Iceberg, its first solo exhibition with Dawn Williams Boyd at the gallery’s space in New York City.

Featuring twelve new large-scale works, this presentation coincides with the last leg of the artist’s traveling museum exhibition Dawn Williams Boyd: Woe, on view at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Boyd’s “cloth paintings” establish a powerful, unblinking sociopolitical narrative with textiles.

Using fabric as her pigment, she layers and stitches together personal recollections, historical records, and political references to challenge commonly accepted narratives. Her scenes are populated by life-sized figures and rendered with elaborate textures and ornate patterns, evoking the rich legacies of quilting and collage that critic Sasha Bonét has described as the “historical practice of Black imagination” – but here with a difference: Boyd establishes a unique visual language of her own within the wider traditions of sewing, by employing unexpected materials such as beads, sequins, cowry shells, laces, silk ribbons, and acrylic paints. She delivers a figurative truth fashioned from a canny transformation of ordinary fibers, introducing the viewer to a contemporary interpretation of visual storytelling.

About the Artist ~ Dawn Williams Boyd was born in 1952 in Neptune, New Jersey. She earned her BFA at Stephens College, Columbia, MO in 1974 and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She has exhibited widely in the Southeast and beyond. Her works are in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; The Everson Museum Of Art, Syracuse, New York; The Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA and the Richardson Family Art Museum at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Boyd is represented by Fort Gansevoort, New York.

Dawn Williams Boyd: The Tip of the Iceberg will be on view from September 22 through November 19, 2022 at Fort Gansevoort Gallery, 5 Ninth Avenue, NYC.

Here we look-back at the Dawn Williams Boyd at Hauser & Wirth in February in the group exhibition The New Bend.

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