Like many of his peers at the time, Binion was influenced by the Abstract Expressionists and developed a deep interest in visual communication and Modernism. Entitled Ghost: Rhythms, the work from this exhibition was originally curated into a show at the Artists Space New York during its inaugural year by Carl Andre, Sol Lewitt, and Ronald Bladen.
While Binion was interested in the formal qualities of medium, shape, and color like his contemporaries, he also found a powerful voice in the language of modernism to share personal and African-American narratives. McArthur Binion was the first African American to graduate from Cranbrook University with an MFA, after which he would move to New York City and eventually to Chicago, where he has lived and worked for the last thirty years. His experience as a child picking cotton in rural Mississippi was also an influence on Binion's practice of labor-intenstive mark making, grinding wax crayon into canvas, panel, and aluminum creating hard-earned layers over time. A large part of this exhibition focuses on his large tarp-like works on unstretched canvas that simulate aerial views of rural landscapes, abstracted and made of repetitive and diligent mark making.
McArthur Binion (b. 1946) lives and works in Chicago. McArthur Binion is in numerous private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; and the Detroit Institute of Art.
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