“The Legacy of John T. Scott at Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans,” Blouin Artinfo

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John Scott Buddy Bolden No. 2, 1997 Mixed media, collage 12 1/2 x 18 inches 17 1/4 x 22 inches framed

The exhibition titled “John T. Scott: His Legacy,” featuring the works of African-American artist John T. Scott is on view at Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans.

The exhibition focuses on works from the late artist’s career including pieces from his most important period between 1992 and 2004. Scott’s oeuvre was a mix of improvisation, movement, and politics. The first of several African American artists to hold exhibitions in commercial galleries in New Orleans John T. Scott gained national recognition in the 1980s. The selection of works on display includes one of the artist’s earlier works “Third World Banquet Table” (1980). This painting [sic] was inspired by Scott’s father who arranged numerous bouquets [sic] during his lifetime but was never invited to sit at the table. The artist’s large-scale woodblock images and prints depicting mangled houses and cars in the series “The Blues Poems for the Urban Landscape” (2003) reflected the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. “John T. Scott: His Legacy” also showcases small bronze, medium scale aluminum, and vibrant kinetic steel sculptures, along with mixed media collage works.

John T. Scott (1940-2007) was an African-American sculptor, painter, printmaker, and collagist. He studied at Xavier University of Louisiana and Michigan State University. The artist received an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Michigan State University in 1995 and a Doctor of Humanities from Tulane University in 1997. Scott held teaching a position at Xavier University for a duration of more than forty years. His works have been exhibited in numerous institutions such as the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA; the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, MO; the SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY; the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; and the Tubman Museum in Macon, GA. The artist was awarded the Genius Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1992.

“John T. Scott: His Legacy” runs through September 23, 2017, at Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA.

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