Simone Leigh Debuts ‘Sentinel IV’ to Benefit ‘Color of Change’




Simone Leigh, Sentinel IV (2020), Image courtesy Hauser & Wirth

On June 30, 2020, artist Simone Leigh will debut a new bronze sculpture, Sentinel IV (2020), created to benefit the non-profit organization Color of Change in its efforts to combat racial injustice in the United States. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the work, which has been produced in an edition of 25, will be donated to the progressive civil rights advocacy group.

Update ~ SOLD OUT!

“I am very excited to support Color of Change with this benefit work. As the largest online racial justice organization in the country, they are designed for this moment in history to help us win. Our relationship dates back to 2015, and what I really love about their work is that they create campaigns powerful enough to end harmful television shows like Live PD and Cops as well as doing the important work on voting. Our Count is a voter mobilization movement led by Color of Change that is focused on building Black political power, amplifying Black voices and making sure every Black vote counts. I’m thrilled to support work that will champion solutions that move us all forward.”…….Simone Leigh.

Simone Leigh, Image courtesy Hauser & Wirth

The Sentinel IV is a 20-inch-tall cast bronze edition derived from the monumental ‘parent’ sculpture of the same name. Atop a recognizably female body sits the face of a spoon in place of the figure’s head. This form is inspired by an object used in fertility rituals, with the title of the sculpture alluding to a guard or watchman.

Although contextualized within the architecture of the Black female body, the Sentinel IV does not prioritize the physical form as its subject matter. it addresses the social reality that arises from the use, consumption, and creation of objects, as well as the behaviors and rituals they create, communities they serve, and the belief systems they uphold. Rather than seeking to represent a singular person or figure, Leigh depicts many things simultaneously: a state of mind, an interior or external experience, an invisible history.

Simone Leigh, ‘Sentinel IV’ (2020), Image courtesy Hauser & Wirth

As in the case of its larger counterpart, the smooth bronze surface of Sentinel IV does not buttress the idea that Black women are innately strong and invulnerable, working instead to abstract their formal characteristics. This form exists in a category described in West African Art as a poser object, something that acts either through formal significance or ritual use.

Leigh has chosen this sculpture in support of an organization doing critical work to create a more equitable and just world.

Color of Change is thrilled to partner with Simone Leigh on this important fundraiser during such an important moment for racial justice in our country. Major social change has never happened without the voices and contributions of artists and cultural leaders. Simone’s work makes visible and palpable the subjectivity of Black women, whose experiences and leadership have always been central to struggles for liberation nationally and globally. We are honored that the sale of these incredible new art works will not only support our continued work, but will live as an example of the central role of artists in advancing justice and demanding a safer world for Black people.”…..Rashad Robinson,, President, Color of Change.

Simone Leigh currently on view at High Line Plinth.

Take a look back at Simone Leigh: Loophole of Retreat at The Guggenheim.

Simone Leigh, a solo exhibition at Luring Augustine, 2018.

As part of Studio Museum InHarlem, 2016, Simone Leigh constructed elaborate imbalance yokubikira’s reminiscent of kitchen houses from Shona-speaking rural areas of Zimbabwe. in Marcus Garvey Park, located on the Madison Avenue side, near the Drum Circle.