November 3 - December 8, 2015
The American sports journalist and author, Robert Lipsyte, argued in his 1975 book, SportsWorld, that competitive athletics hold a unique position in our culture. One in which a game can offer an alternative world that can be viewed as sacred, as well as provide refuge. Even after forty years, the debate regarding the role of competitive sports continues within our society. Regardless of one's opinion on this topic, it is undeniable that many of our most prominent cultural symbols are linked to professional athletes or organizations. Any Given Sunday showcases a small group of artists who call attention to sports related imagery as a way to explore cultural topics such as the mass media, celebrity, race, and gender.
Artists included in the exhibition are Mark Bradford, Craig Drennen, Chie Fueki, Jason Stopa, Hank Willis Thomas, and Wendy White.
Marc Mitchell / Curator
Hank Willis Thomas, Basketball and Chain, 2003. Digital c-print. 60x40 in. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York,
Wendy White, Brandi Chastain (Sports Bra Moment), 2014. Inkjet and acrylic on UV vinyl, wood, gold mylar frame, custom shaped and hand painted rug. Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo Gallery, Miami
Craig Dreenen, Ello Hello From, 2014. Oil and alykyd on paper, basketball, and pedestal. 62x40in./20x16x12 in. Courtesy of the artist and Samson Projects, Boston
Mark Bradford, Practice, 2003. DVD, 3 min duration. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Chie Fueki, The Nature of How We See, 2005. Acrylic on paper mounted on panel. 96x72 in. Courtesy of the artist and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica
Jason Stopa, XXOO, 2015. Oil and enamel on canvas. 24x18in. Courtesy of the artist.