You need to know; Rob Pruitt

Robert Pruitt’sWomen, currently on exhibition at the Studio Museum of Harlem, is a series of 20 portraits of contemporary black women embodying such graceful restraint that they become curative in the present moment.

Drawn on brown butcher paper with conté-crayons, every single one is more majestic then the last. As stated in the description, “each figure is at once politically charged, physically grounded and fantastic — a blend of willful self-determination and culturally conditioned myth.” Whether standing or seated, they possess a magnetic poise in their hypervisibility that beckons the viewer. Pruitt’s models are his friends and members of his community. His aesthetic influences, a remix of science fiction, Hip Hop and comic books refashion his subjects according to Priscilla Frank as grounded “shape-shifters” with a “cosmic sense of cool”.

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