Lecture: Laylah Ali

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Washington University Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts says
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture

Artist Laylah Ali will speak as part of the Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series. Her talk is taking place in conjunction with the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship 25th Anniversary Celebration. Ali earned her MFA degree from Washington University in 1994.

The precision with which Ali creates her small, figurative, gouache paintings on paper is such that it takes her many months to complete a single work. Her most famous and longest-running series of paintings depict brown-skinned and gender-neutral Greenheads; they have been included in the Venice Biennale (2003) and the Whitney Biennial (2004), and were the subject of a major touring exhibition in 2012-2013 that originated at the Williams College Museum of Art (Williamstown, Massachusetts) and traveled to the Weisman Museum, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, (Ithaca, New York). Ali's works are included in the permanent collections of numerous public institutions, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), among many others. In March 2015, Ali opened her first exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery with her largest paintings to date, the Acephalous Series.

Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1968, Ali lives and works in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Image credit: Laylah Ali, Untitled (Acephalous series), 2015. Gouache, acrylic, watercolor, and pencil on paper. 29 1/2 x 23 inches (74.9 x 58.4 cm), (PK 20140). © Laylah Ali. Images courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY.
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