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August 1, 2001
Review by Ann Klefstad
Postcards from a timeless place where you can never go, dashed off by a traveler who makes his home there…

The rider. The truck. The pregnant belly, the "big joint". Horses, crowds. The elegant mark, the rough support. Electric yellow, creamy rose.

The work of the urban black vernacular artist, Purvis Young, has roots in the dreamy fields of high art subject matter-evoking Picasso in its riders, its elegant horses, its nudes. At the same time it is filled with the energy and syncretism of the world's vanguard-American urban Black culture. It is to "outsider art" what bebop is to the blues. The subject matter rides on a thick layer of color, attention, choice, free-swinging composition that refers to a thousand years of composition before it.

This work is anything but naïve.

Young lives and works in Overtown, a neighborhood in Miami cut off by the highway overpasses that loom over it. He's of the community, but is also, now, of the larger artworld as well. He has researched art history avidly seen what other artists have done, spending years in the libraries that have supported his work. He has chosen his imagery out of Overtown and his own life, and out of the resonances of the past as well.

Young's choices of materials-the discarded boards he uses to paint on and to "frame" works; the fragments of text, the use of books to mount the works-are not made by happenstance, though early on they may have been the fruit of necessity. Now these are elements of meaning. Now they insist on the presence of the street, full of stuff, humanity, words, scraps; full of the exchanges that create the most exciting cultural milieu in the world, creative, tragic, excessive, beautiful, wasteful.

The works selected here are small, sketchy, and vivid. Their subjects are common ones in Young's oeuvre. Immediacy, easy mastery of the irregular field, elegant drawing, are all virtues they share. They are like letters, postcards from a timeless place where you can never go, dashed off by a traveler who makes his home there.

- Ann Klefstad

 

News Archive
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July 09, 2010
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PURVIS YOUNG: SOCIAL EXPRESSIONIST by Donald Kuspit
December 01, 2009
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Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
October 24, 2009
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Museum of Fine Arts
December 09, 2008
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Officials honor Overtown art icon Purvis Young
September 09, 2008
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BAC to Restore Purvis Young Mural
August 28, 2008
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Rubell Family Collection Grants Purvis Young Collection to Morehouse College (Permanent Exhibition)
August 27, 2008
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Purvis Young Paintings Donated to Morehouse
The Miami Herald
August 14, 2008
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Morehouse fully embraces works by Purvis Young
By Catherine Fox
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 01, 2008
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Purvis Young: Protest by Joel Withrow
May 01, 2008
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White Hot Magazine
Purvis Young at The Gallery Bar NYC
by Afrika Brown

March 08, 2008
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Biscayne Times: Artistic Genius Meets Artful Dodger
March 22, 2007
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Daily Business Review article
by Julie Kay

November 26, 2006
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New York Times Article
Art? In This Neighborhood?
November 13, 2006
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Biscayne Boulevard Times Review
Purvis Young: Paintings from the Street
Picasso of the Ghetto Paints Life in Overtown
October 27, 2006
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Sun Sentinel Review
Found objects, found himself
Purvis Young retrospective shows a life of art made in protest and passion.
October 08, 2006
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Palm Beach Post Review
Street Smart: Purvis Young
October 01, 2006
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September 21, 2006
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ArtNexus.com - Press Release:
Boca Raton Museum of Art Announces Fall Exhibitions
September 05, 2006
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Ocean Drive, September '06 issue
Essentials du Moment
September 05, 2006
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ArtNet News: PURVIS YOUNG ON FILM
November 06, 2005
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Tampa Museum of Art Receives Purvis Young Paintings
June 01, 2005
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Savannah NOW, June 1, 2005, review
May 29, 2005
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Everything's a canvas for self-taught artist
April 20, 2005
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A Fine Dividing Line: Purvis Young & Manuel Diaz@the Hurn Museum
April 20, 2005
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Connect Savannah, April 20, 2005, review by Bertha Husband
March 14, 2003
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Forever Young: a self-taught colorist shows expressionistic energy
January 01, 2003
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Art in America, January 2003, review by Paula Harper
July 01, 2000
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American Art: Smithsonian American Art Museum
review by Lynda Roscoe Hartigan
June 01, 2000
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Volvo Advertisment featuring mural by Purvis Young
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