About the Work
Life, now on view all around us. It is summer, it is 2020, and yet 'summer 2020' has an odd ring of forbearance. For nothing is the same. And yet - joy is everlasting, a most fundamental pursuit, all the more sweet when experienced as a respite, fresh cold water in the heat. Marcus Brutus creates paintings that are like this; like sites of solace, like the inspirational relief associated with feeling seen. Brutus collapses histories and cultural references the way one moment in your life distills the entirety of existence, with subtlety and in color. His patiently rendered portraits of black American life and identity swell with a sense of regality and quiet unrest, when the act of being alive is also an act of revolution. In Deep, our collaboration with Brutus featuring one print edition of 50 and one unique series of 15, a lone figure dives headfirst into a body of water, witnessed by rows of palm trees and a glowing sunset in the distance. Close your eyes, let it wash over you. Little by little details transform, not every dive results in the same splash and sometimes the environment changes entirely. Art exists beyond the frame and Brutus directs our perspective to worlds that matter.
Marcus Brutus (b. 1991, Silver Spring, MD) has held four solo exhibitions with Harper's (New York). Other solo exhibitions include a 2023 presentation at Stems Gallery (Brussels) and a 2021 presentation at Library Street Collective (Detroit). Select group exhibitions were held at Phillips (New York), König Galerie (Berlin), Arsenal Contemporary (New York), Carl Kostyál (Stockholm), and Gana Art (Seoul). His work has been acquired by the Davis Museum, Wellesley, MA. Brutus’s painting Bus Stop appears on the cover of the anthology The Movement for Black Lives: Philosophical Perspectives, published in September 2021 by Oxford University Press. In 2021, Brutus collaborated with streetwear brand Kith to reimagine its logo. His first monograph Marcus Brutus: The Uhmericans, featuring an essay by Gagosian director and curator Antwaun Sargent, was published by Harper’s in 2019. Brutus lives and works in New York.
Authentication & Resale
This work is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed and numbered by the artist.
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Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Allow 3-5 weeks for framing and delivery.
All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced engineered hardwood that is manufactured in the USA. Frames are available in Black or White Matte and Walnut.
Prints are hinged to a conservation quality, acid-free and lignin-free Cellulose matboard, using acid-free polyethylene cloth tape. Each mat’s surface paper is fade and bleed resistant and is attached to a conversation quality foam-core board. Some of our work (typically those pieces with a deckled edge) is floated on the matboard with spacers to separate the artwork from the glazing.
We use museum quality .060 mm plexiglass to frame your work. It blocks 82-85% of UV rays to prevent color fading from exposure to light, protecting your art for years to come.
Our White and Black frames have a ⅞” wide flat face and are 15/16” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.
Our Natural and Walnut frames have a ¾” wide flat face and are 1 ⅛” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.
Any artwork that is floated will be placed in a frame that has a ⅝” wide flat face and is 1 5/16” deep. Work will be floated with a 1” border around it.
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