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Rico Gatson is an artist who was born in 1966. Rico Gatson has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Studio 10 and at the Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. There have been Numerous articles about Rico Gatson, including 'New Sparkle for an Abstract Ensemble' written by Holland Cotter for New York Times in 2011.
Rico Gatson attended Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Selected exhibitions include the Santa Monica Museum, Cheekwood Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York and Exit Art in New York. He is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery in New York.
Merging together Hollywood perceptions, history and current event, Rico Gatson’s videos and paintings are politically and racially charged commentary on the American landscape. From footage of the Watts riots in 1965 to scenes from D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation racial injustice is navigated in his videos. His two-dimensional works are equally as provoking as his video work. Abstractions in black or white are actually politically loaded symbols. His sculptural work also depicts symbols of racism and hate. The ideology of Gatson’s work is meant to spark dialogue about race and articulate identity politics.