Artsy profiles 2019 UOVO Prize winner John Edmonds. In conjunction with receiving the Prize, Edmonds’s first solo museum exhibition entitled “A Sidelong Glance” will open later this year at the Brooklyn Museum. As part of the process, Edmonds engaged directly with the Brooklyn museum’s extensive Arts of Africa collection. “I’m really understanding the way that the African art object has been falsely and improperly regarded in visual history,” he explains of his work.
Another component of the prize is Edmonds’s 50-foot public installation, “A Lesson in Looking with Reverence” on the facade of our newest facility, UOVO:BROOKLYN. Depicting a Baule sculpture in the grips of several different hands, the mural has been on display since November 2019 in Bushwick.
As author Daria Harper notes, “Edmonds urges us to consider the symbolic importance of the objects in our lives. His carefully crafted images offer a poignant reflection on collective unity and reclamation of power. The work feels particularly resonant now, when so many of us yearn for closeness and inspiration.”
The UOVO Prize is an annual award given by the Brooklyn Museum to an emerging artist living or working in Brooklyn. The winner receives a solo show at the museum, a public art installation at UOVO: BROOKLYN, and a $25,000 unrestricted cash grant.
To read the entire profile, visit Artsy’s website here.