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Constellations

Artist:
Howardena Pindell (American, born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1943)
Publisher:
Center for Contemporary Printmaking
Date:
2015
Medium:
Open bite etching
Dimensions:
Sheet: 30 × 22 in. (76.2 × 55.9 cm) Image: 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of the artist and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.748
Rights and Reproduction:
© Howardena Pindell
Not on view
Rather than striving for pure non-objectivity, Pindell combines abstraction with patterns and decorative elements such as numbers, arrows, and other personal references that reflect her influences (such as African art), life experiences, and political activism. Forms associated with Minimalist and Post-Minimalist art, such as grids and numbers, become endowed with personal meaning, as her father was a mathematician. Constellations was inspired by Pindell’s fascination with star charts and astrological maps. She began working with circles, dots, arrows, and vectors in the early 1970s. The arrows and vectors here suggest multiple, often contradictory directions and, by association, meanings. The circular form, a recurring shape in Pindell’s oeuvre, refers to the ability to shift negative experiences into something positive.
Signature: Signed recto lower right corner in graphite: "Howardena Pindell 2014 ©"

Inscription: Lower left: "Metropolitan Museum of Art Proof," bottom center "Constellations." Both in graphite.

Marking: Embossed stamp lower left: "CCP"
Howardena Pindell; Center for Contemporary Printmaking; Donor: Howardena Pindell Donor: Center for Contemporary Printmaking
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picturing Math: Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints," January 31, 2017–May 1, 2017.

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