Featuring contributions from Elizabeth Alexander, Dawoud Bey, Coco Fusco, Kellie Jones, Elizabeth Murray, Terry R. Myers, Daniel R. Quiles, Kay Rosen, Daniel Schulman, Lowery Stokes Sims, and Rebecca Walker. Introduction by editors Fulla Abdul-Jabbar and Caroline Picard; book design by Sonnenzimmer.
Candida Alvarez. Here was the artist’s first major institutional exhibition, taking place at the Chicago Cultural Center and reflecting forty years of her painting. Embracing and further contextualizing her work, Candida Alvarez: Here. A Visual Reader features full-color reproductions of individual artworks and views of the exhibition as well as images from her Fall/Winter 2017 menswear collaboration with Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons. Edited by Fulla Abdul-Jabbar and Caroline Picard, this book presents a selection of articles from 1983 to the present; conversations between Alvarez and Dawoud Bey, Kay Rosen, Daniel Schulman, and Rebecca Walker; and newly commissioned texts including a prose response by Elizabeth Alexander as well as essays by the exhibition’s curator, Terry R. Myers, and art historians Kellie Jones and Daniel R. Quiles. Candida Alvarez: Here. A Visual Reader thus captures Alvarez’s work in print to spark further conversations about her legacy.
About the artist: Candida Alvarez is an artist who responds through intuition and imagination to intimate moments in life. Her paintings, drawings, and collages blur the boundaries between the conceptual, the intuitive and the abstract. Alvarez received a MFA from the Yale School of Art in Painting and Printmaking in 1997. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the summer of 1981 and received her BA from Fordham University, Lincoln Center, in 1977. Her work is currently in the public collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Alvarez holds the distinguished F. H. Sellers Professorship in Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During 2010–12, she was interim Graduate Dean at SAIC. She is represented by Gavlak, Los Angeles/Palm Beach, and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. Alvarez is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation 2019 Painters & Sculptors Grant.