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Sale 2504 Lot 172
SONYA CLARK (1967 - )
Cotton thread and combs, 2013. 140x114x25 mm; 5 1/2x4 1/2x1 inches. From the Albers Interaction series.
Provenance: private collection, Washington, DC (2013).
Exhibited: Ahead of Hair, Contemporary Wing, Washington, DC, 2013.
In her Albers Interaction Series, Sonya Clark wraps the history of hair around Albers's ideas, particularly his Homage to the Square series, binding stacks of combs with brightly colored thread.
Born to Caribbean parents, Sonya Clark grew up in a close-knit family that often shared stories and taught her the value of the handmade and craft. She earned her BA from Amherst College, where she also received an honorary doctorate and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She went on to become a Professor of Art at Amherst College and earned her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Clark often works with combs, coins, seed beads, thin threads, and strands of human hair, and explores the various functions and connotations assigned to these objects and racial politics. She is best known for artwork that honors notable African American figures and hairdressers, and for her creations with the Confederate flag.
Sonya Clark's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Goya Contemporary, Baltimore, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $9,100