This essay analyzes the work of a contemporary black artist who reinvents the human body, searching for its limits in works that transform and recycle materials and concepts while challenging viewers’ perceptions. As a link between conceptual art, arte povera, and postmodern discourses, Fred Holland’s sculptures are reflections on life’s impermanence, on human frailty, and on the struggle for survival. He walks the line between the categories that have defined black art in a constant search for reinvention and renewal.
Research Article|November 01 2010
Fred Holland: Walking the Line
Catherine Bernard is assistant professor of art history at SUNY College at Old Westbury. She has written extensively on African American art and contemporary art. She is currently preparing an exhibition featuring video artists who work on the themes of migrations, displacements, and pluricultural identities
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Nka (2010) 2010 (27): 100-107.
Catherine Bernard; Fred Holland: Walking the Line. Nka 1 November 2010; 2010 (27): 100–107. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10757163-2010-27-100
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