Jeffrey Gibson, 2015 (Hudson, NY)
Glass beads, wool, steel studs, artificial sinew, metal jingles, acrylic yarn, nylon fringe, and canvas, 89 x 66 x 5 in.
“One of the first pieces I saw was American History. I loved it at first sight and it was the quickest art decision I made. Its tactile beauty and message resonate deeply with me. When we put it over the fireplace in Alnoba’s Great Room, it felt like it belonged there.”
This recent work includes a quote from James Baldwin, one of the artist’s heroes. Referencing stylized tribal designs, American History is pieced together with mass-produced elements, including plastic beads and party jingles with long fringes.