Marcus Brutus - New Now New York Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Proudly self-taught, Marcus Brutus is a contemporary painter based in Queens, New York, whose portrayals of African Americans examine the contemporary struggle for civil rights. Brutus meshes contemporary imagery with ambiguous traces of the past, collapsing time and revealing the lingering trauma of history. His figures, solitary or grouped, active or passive, exude calm confidence and stalwart self-assurance. Embarking from this point, Brutus explores self-expression and self-representation in spite of societal conditions; his figures define their own standards of beauty and identity while confronting—and surpassing—structural racism and the “internalization of racist attitudes by racial minorities.”1 Brutus’ paintings engage ideas of power through portraiture, establishing decisively positive frameworks for self-determination. 


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    1 Marcus Brutus, “Twilight Talks,” CUNY TV, November 13, 2018, online

    • Description

      Please note that the seller will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this artwork’s sale to benefit Project Backboard. Project Backboard is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to strengthen communities, encourage multi-generational play, and inspire people to think more critically and creatively. The organization will use proceeds from the sale to develop a public basketball court in Haiti, and they intend to donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of this lot to earthquake relief efforts there.

    • Provenance

      Courtesy of the Artist

THE CROSSOVER: Property Sold to Benefit Project Backboard



signed and dated "M. BRUTUS 2020" on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 121.9 cm)
Painted in 2020.

Full Cataloguing

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $37,800

Contact Specialist

Patrizia Koenig

Head of New Now Sale

212 940 1279

New Now

New York Auction 28 September 2021