Bearden 100

#7 "Pittsburg Memory" - 1964,
By Romare Bearden

Selected by Sanford Biggers

Pittsburg Memory - 1964

Romare’s use of architecture in Pittsburgh Memory, though presumably inner city Pennsylvania, reminds me of the density of 1970’s Crenshaw Strip in S. Central, L.A. where I grew up. I can also remember the larger than life impression and sense of intimidation, mystery and foreshadowing that young and grown men have on little boys. Romare’s expressionistic fluency and facility at conveying gesture and place makes Pittsburgh Memory feel more like a snapshot to me than a collage.

Sanford Biggers

New York, NY

Biddy bye bye 2006, 24" x 41” plastic and metal, Courtesy of Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Sanford Biggers, an LA native currently working in NYC, creates artworks that integrate film/video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Through a multi-disciplinary formal process, and an equally syncretic creative approach, he makes works, or “vignettes,” that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual.

Biggers’ installations, videos, and performances have appeared in venues worldwide including the Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, the Whitney Museum and Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, as well as institutions in China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland and Russia. The artist’s works have been included in several notable exhibitions such as: Prospect 1/ New Orleans Biennial, Illuminations at the Tate Modern, Performa 07 in NY, the Whitney Biennial, and Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Upcoming, he has a solo survey of his work at the Brooklyn Museum and a major installation at Mass MoCA, both slated for late 2011. He is the recipient of awards and grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, New York Percent for the Arts, Lambent Fellowship in the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Tanne Foundation, and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, among others.

Biggers is Affiliate Faculty at the Virginia Commonwealth University Sculpture and Expanded Media program and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s VES Department in 2009. He is presently Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Visual Arts program.