Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hartford Advocate: West Indian Exultation

West Indian Exultation

Many voices, many images offer an alternate view of the English-speaking Caribbean

Photo courtesy Real Art Ways
"Re-Identified III," by O'Neil Lawrence.

Rockstone and Bootheel:
Contempory West Indian Art
Through March 14, 2010, Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, (860) 232-1006, realartways.org; Gallery hours: Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday, 2-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 2-10 p.m.

This multimedia exultation of contemporary West Indian Art is seemingly all-inclusive, even over-indulgent. Jamaican-born curators Kristina Newman-Scot and Yona Backer have enthusiastically gathered representative examples of work by 38 artists with black Carib roots — nearly all were born and raised there — ranging in age from fresh-out-of-art-school 20s to mid-50s. The show marks the U.S. debuts of more than half. (Publicity materials list 39, but one artist's piece was held by Jamaican airport authorities for Draconian censorial reasons of their own.).


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