Robert Pruitt’s “Devotion” at California African American Museum
BY BLOUIN ARTINFO | NOVEMBER 07, 2018
New York-based artist Robert Pruitt is showcasing his works at California African American Museum in an exhibition titled “Devotion.” The exhibition, the artist’s first major solo at Los Angeles, is on view through February 17, 2019.
Robert Pruitt, through his illustrious career spanning more than a decade, has dabbled with a variety of media to create art. His oeuvre, comprising drawing, sculpture, animation, and photography, illuminates connections between spiritual traditions, fictional narratives, and technology. He investigates how black identity can reside at the intersection of these arenas. The subjects of his portraiture, for which the artist is most well known for, are imbued with a strong sense of individuality — a feature that the artist demonstrates through the detailed poses, gazes, and purposefully chosen clothing and accessories of his subjects.
“In Pruitt’s first major museum exhibition in Los Angeles, the artist reconnects with the religious traditions of his upbringing and explores the theme of devotion, specifically religious practices carried out with fervor and dedication. Drawings are presented as a set of sacred images, sculptures act as ceremonial objects, and an audio component — created in collaboration with Jawwaad — suffuses the space with an introspective feeling,” writes CAAM.