Dawolu Jabari Anderson - Gallery One New York New York Thursday, January 13, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Clementine Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2007

  • Exhibited

    Houston, The Art League of Houston, The Birth of A Nation Yo! Bum Rush Show, January 20– March 3, 2006
    Houston, Lawndale Art Annex, The Lawndale Art Annex Artist Studio Program Round 1, May 15–July 3, 2006
    Austin, Arthouse at The Jones Center, Arthouse Texas Prize 2007, September 8–November 11, 2007, p. 16 (exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Patricia Johnson, “Dawolu Jabari Anderson fights racism with art,” Houston Chronicle, February 24, 2006, n.p

  • Catalogue Essay

    In a time when historical narratives are shifting in the United States, works by Dawolu Jabari Anderson remind us exactly why we need to pay closer attention to the past. Anderson, a Houston-based African American artist, is known for his compositions of sizeable comic book covers. He presents his characters amid action and combat on a mustard-yellow background, surrounded by provocative texts. Comic books have been a large part of American culture since the 1930s, which witnessed the times of Jim Crow and Civil Rights movements but historically catered to a white audience. Anderson depicts commonly used stereotypes of non-white Americans in these comic books, turning them into barbaric villains while simultaneously revealing a white Ku Klux Klanner as the savior and man of God. These stories would be catered to a white American audience that reminisces the days of stronger white supremacy- in his works, Anderson repeatedly refers to D. W. Griffith, the director of Birth of a Nation, as the presenter of these comics. Anderson's work has been collected by the Fine Arts Museum, Houston as well as other institutions, and exhibited extensively, including at the 2006 Whitney Biennial.