Press & Media

“Landscape Reclaimed”, Artforum

“Landscape Reclaimed,” a consistently smart show comprising the responses of conceptual artists to “landscape” and curated by Harry Philbrick, took full advantage of its site: a museum surrounded by aging, under-appreciated Minimalist sculpture and sweeping suburban lawns – in short a site just waiting for Komar & Melamid to stage a local version of their America’s Most Wanted, 1994. Read More

“Five Video Artists: Krzysztof Wodiczko, Diana Thater, Jocelyn Taylor, Janet Biggs, and Dawn Dedeaux”, Performing Arts Journal

Dawn Dedeaux employs various media, including photography, print, film, and video in her efforts to make political art that goes beyond mere documentary reportage. Like Sister Helen Prejean, the subject of Tim Robbins’s Dead Man Walking, a very conventional film, she is from New Orleans and very concerned with the underclass, specifically black youths abandoned to lives of violence and incarceration. Read More

“Terminal Degree: The Works of Dawn Dedeaux”, Thread Waxing Space

Dawn Dedeaux has been a student of political economy. Departments of political economy have not as yet been established in the traditional university and as a result she has had to pursue these studies in the public housing facilities and prisons of New Orleans that offer the most up to date variants of the curriculum and where admission requirements and rankings are commensurate with the local murder rate. Read More

“Art Pick of the Week”, La Weekly

Art Pick of the Week BY PETER FRANK “New Orleans based-artist Dawn DeDeaux suggest that the expected source of the ‘trouble’ is itself troubled, yet manifests its own tragic nobility. The focus of her darkly dramatic Soul Shadows: Urban Warrior Myths is the young African-American male. She populates the corridors of her catacomb-like – or…  Read More

“From tutankhamen’s Tomb to the tomb of the Urban warrior”, Understanding Art

Consider some sad facts of contemporary life in the United States. Violence has replaced communicable diseases as the leading cause of death among young people in the United States during the past generation. Young African-American men are about nine times as likely as European Americans to be victims of homicide. About nine out of ten of African-American victims are killed by other African-American youths. Moreover, the prison population of African-American youths has been mushrooming. Because of such statistics, social commentators have been concerned about “the vanishing African-American male.” Read More