Through his body of work, Purvis Young (b. 1943, Miami; d. 2010, Miami) built an expressive record and a political commentary on life in the Miami neighborhood of Overtown. Realized on found and often distressed supports, Young’s works are populated by a recurring set of motifs that includes angels and ancestors, refugees and prisoners, pregnant women and protestors, soldiers, and workers—all drawn from his immediate environment and from the aspirations and histories of those around him. “Purvis Young: Drawings” at ICA Miami showcases a selection of the artist’s vibrant works on paper.
Erica Moiah James, Gean Moreno
Eric Wrenn Office, New York
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
9 x 6 inches
Additional Credits Cover Photo:
Purvis Young, Diding it to me, 1975 / Heavy Eye, 1975 (detail).
Mixed media on paper, two-sided, 10 1/2 x 8 in.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami,
Gift of Craig Robins.
Photo: Silvia Ros
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