Art of This World: Robert Pruitt

Artist Robert Pruitt will be releasing a comic, “Towards A Walk In the Sun,” at the Studio Museum of Harlem in July. As an artist, he is greatly influenced by Romare Bearden and recently premiered his work “Conjuring Woman” in “The Bearden Project.” “Conjuring Woman” and his other work are interesting in how he shows hair as spiritual antenna as well as his mix of West African masks with Western cultures.

He describes his work as “drawings and sculptures about the complexity of black identity by combining contrasting signs and imagery of disparate Black influences and aesthetics. He layers Science Fiction, Hip Hop, comic books, and black political and social struggles into layered portraits of his friends and community.”

“Brother From Gleise 581C ” The figure is wearing a Dogon mask.
“Pretty For a Black Girl”

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