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Spiral, Recoil: Works by 10 Artists of Color

August 1 – October 26, 2017 │The Delaware Contemporary │Wilmington, DE


Holly Bass │ Allana ClarkeWesley Clark │ Billy ColbertLarry Cook │ Jamea Richmond EdwardsAmber Robels-Gordon │Ellington Robinson │ Stanley SquirewellStephanie Williams


This exhibition engages with a legacy of black art making spanning over 50 years through 10 exciting contemporary visionaries: Holly Bass, Allana Clarke, Wesley Clark, Billy Colbert, Larry Cook, Jamea Richmond Edwards, Amber Robels-Gordon, Ellington Robinson,  Stanley Squirewell, and Stephanie Williams, presented collectively as a reflection on the black experience as an artist and American.  In 1965 Spiral was a group of black artists who gathered as a collective and held a single exhibition May 14 – June 15, 1965. The collective considered the question, what does it mean to be a black artist?  Sprial, Recoil continues to examine that question through work critical of our current moment and how we got here. In examining the legacy of the 1965 group Spiral, Recoil presents new questions in considering black representation in the art world and beyond, namely: In 50 years of “progress” how far have we actually come?