WINFRED REMBERT (1945 - 2021) Dolls Head Baseball.
Dyes on tooled and carved leather, circa 1990. 787x965 mm; 31x38 inches. Incised signature and title, lower right.
Provenance: the Ness Oleson Trust. The late Frannie Ness and Gary Oleson were the proprietors of Waiting for Godot Books of Hadley, MA, which specialized in rare American and English books, including African American literature.
Winfred Rembert is an artist from Cuthbert, Georgia who lives and works in New Haven, CT. His artwork, painted on carved and tooled leather, displays memories of his youth—Black life in the Jim Crow South. His artistic vision calls forth vivid scenes from Georgia cotton fields and colorful characters from the juke joints and pool halls of Cuthbert. They also reveal his encounters with racial and police violence in the aftermath of a civil rights protest, and the seven years he spent on a Georgia chain gang. His paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries around the country, including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Hudson River Museum, and The Adelson Galleries in New York. In 2011 Rembert was the subject of an award-winning documentary film, All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, by Vivian Ducat, and in 2015, Rembert was honored by Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative. Recently, in November, 2019, NPR also aired a segment produced by StoryCorps on the artist. Bio courtesy of the artist's website.