DAVID DIAO in Rupture & Connection | Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas

David Diao, This Way Out 1, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 66 x 88 inches (168 x 224 cm)

DAVID DIAO in Rupture & Connection
Green Family Art Foundation
June 8 – September 2, 2024

Rupture & Connection brings together an intergenerational group of artists to examine the overlapping concerns of place, emigration, and legacy. With works drawn primarily from the Green Family Collection, the exhibition is inspired by the work of Martinique-born philosopher, poet, and writer Édouard Glissant. Articulating a system of relations that acknowledges the opacity of the individual and the multiplicity of identity, Glissant wrote of an "aesthetics of rupture and connection" uncircumscribed by geopolitical boundaries and filiation. He argues that identity is relational, ever in flux and unfixed.

The exhibition centers Glissant's ideas by presenting Manthia Diawara's fifty-minute film Édouard Glissant: One World in Relation (2010), for which the filmmaker and writer interviewed Glissant while traveling aboard the Queen Mary II as the ocean liner crossed the Atlantic for New York. The philosopher speaks about many of the concepts he developed over his lifetime regarding identity, creolization, the relationship between self and other, history, and the so-called "New World." Glissant's fresh view of humanism and a form of globalism separate from neoliberalism provides a rich context for the work of Frank Bowling and DAVID DIAO, who are both central the exhibition. As two artists who arrived to New York in the wake of Abstract Expressionism, both investigated the legacy of Modernist painting and the diasporic condition. For both painters, the specificity of place and history is as important as preventing personal biography from overdetermining their practices.

Rupture & Connection is organized by Christopher Y. Lew.


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