Rico Gatson

Rico Gatson

Untitled (Target, Ripples and Zig Zags), 2016

Biography


Over the course of almost two decades, Rico Gatson has become celebrated for his confrontational and politically opinionated artworks, often based on significant moments in black history. Images of riots, fires, and confinement pervade his works, which have touched on a range of subjects like the Watts Riots, the presidential election of Barack Obama, and the formation of the Black Panthers. As Gatson once said: “I’m always interested in seducing the viewer and then hitting them on the way out, allowing a delayed response to powerfully charged content.” Even though he uses painting, video, sculpture and installation, Gatson prefers not to be defined by any single medium, rather thinking of himself as an object maker inspired by Conceptualism and Performance Art.

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May 05, 2017

The New Yorker Rico Gatson How Radical Can a Portrait Be?

Jul 11, 2017

The Village Voice Rico Gatson Black Lives Shine in Rico Gatson's New Show

Exhibitions

May 24 – Aug 18, 2017 Group Show Art on the Front Lines

Mar 02 – Mar 05, 2017 Rico Gatson Powerlines

Jun 20 – Jul 24, 2015 Group Show Human Ecology 101

Apr 06 – May 18, 2013 Rico Gatson The Promise of Light

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Nina #4, 2017

Rico Gatson

Nina #4, 2017

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Panel Painting #10, 2016

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Ella #4, 2017

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Throne III, 2016

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Michelle 2017

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Untitled (Black Black), 2016

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Untitled (Target, Ripples and Zig Zags), 2016

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Panel Painting #5, 2016

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Shirley, 2016

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Chuck, 2017

from the series "Icons"

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Family #3, 2013

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Family #2, 2013

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Watts Painting #3, 2011

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POWERLINES, 2017

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POWERLINES, 2017

installation view

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POWERLINES, 2017

installation view

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History Lessons, 2004

installation view

History Lessons, 2004

installation view

African Fractals, 2006

installation view

African Fractals, 2006

installation view

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Rico Gatson

POWERLINES, 2017

installation view

Rico Gatson

POWERLINES, 2017

installation view

Rico Gatson

History Lessons, 2004

installation view

History Lessons, 2004

installation view

African Fractals, 2006

installation view

African Fractals, 2006

installation view

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