Racism in Abstract: Howardena Pindell’s Activism Through Art


Howardena Pindell’s work has long since married activism and with the abstract, creating compelling pieces that speak to her experiences with racism while also feminising traditionally masculine art forms. Currently a teacher at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, Pindell has worked in the art world since the 1970s, where she experienced the art world’s inequalities first hand. Her latest exhibit, “Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen,” explores police brutality, racial injustice in housing, and student protests through a series of forms including abstract. “Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen” is on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA until November 25.


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