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Within Reach by artist Jordan Casteel

July 7th, 2020 · No Comments · Art Room, City Library, Main Branch

I always love discovering my next favorite new artist. Most days at work a small part of my job is to collect the new art books that have just been purchased, processed and added to the library. I bring them to the Art Room, check them in, quickly flip through them to get a feel for the art and the subject matter and then shelve them.

Today in my pile of new art books was an art exhibit catalog called “Within Reach” by artist Jordan Casteel. Flipping through the book I quickly fell in love with the bright colors, the honesty, beauty and vitality. The way she sees and captures the essence of the everyday, the unnoticed, “the easily unseen” on the outskirts, just within reach. My two favorite paintings, Lean and Her Turn, are part of this exhibit and were inspired by subway trips in Harlem.

To quote, “Published for Jordan Casteel’s major New Museum show, Within Reach surveys her paintings exploring the nuances of Black subjectivity.” I just had to share this book with you and I urge you to check out this wonderful book. I hope you enjoy her art work as much as I do.

Jordan Casteel: Within Reach

ART 759.13 CAR

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