CULTURE & COMMERCE
August 13 - September 5, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13, 6-8pm
In his newest series, Culture & Commerce, artist Jules Arthur examines narratives lost in a monocultural retelling of history. Arthur’s works allow for the unidentified to be known, celebrated, and with compassion - idealized.
Culture & Commerce are portraits based on fictitious advertisement envisaging the artist, crafts-person or entrepreneur who is in full possession of unencumbered creative expression and business enterprise. It is widely held that such unknown visionaries brought advancement and innovation to the world stage, though, in most cases, by way of appropriation.
Culture & Commerce is Arthur’s homage; an observance in honor of the nameless masters whose early contributions continue to shape the global aesthetic without recognition.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Jules Arthur received his B.F.A. with honors from The School of Visual Arts, NYC in 1999.
His work may be seen in the permanent collection of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research in Cambridge, Ma. He has exhibited at The African American Museum in Dallas, Texas and The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
Private collectors include New Jersey senator Cory Booker, Sean “Jay-Z” Carter, author and historian Henry Louis Gates, activist and civil rights attorney Van Jones, actor Kevin Spacey, The Roots’ front man Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and more.