Howardena Pindell

Howardena Pindell. Untitled #98. 1978. Mixed media. Image and data provided by the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery

The artist Howardena Pindell and the Garth Greenan Gallery have collaborated to contribute 20 images of the work of Pindell to the Artstor Digital Library.

Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Pindell explores issues of racism, feminism, violence, slavery, and exploitation through the language of abstraction. She is known for her use of unconventional materials in her otherwise formalist paintings where she often employs lengthy, metaphorical processes of destruction/reconstruction.

The artist’s work has been featured in many landmark group exhibitions, such as: Contemporary Black Artists in America (1971, Whitney Museum of American Art), Another Generation (1979, The Studio Museum in Harlem), The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s (1990, New Museum of Contemporary Art), Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African-American Women Artists (1996, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art), Energy/Experimentation: Black Artists and Abstraction, 1964–1980 (2006, The Studio Museum in Harlem), WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2007, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles), Black in the Abstract: Part I, Epistrophy (2013, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston), and We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–1985 (2017, the Brooklyn Museum). Notable solo-exhibition venues include: The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Wadsworth Atheneum, Garth Greenan Gallery, and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.

Pindell’s work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including: the Brooklyn Museum; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Pindell is represented by Garth Greenan Gallery, which primarily focuses on contemporary American art. Its mission is to showcase artists of historical import whose work has not yet achieved the full recognition it deserves.