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JOHN BANKSTON  /  THE FABULISTS COLORED LIFE  /  February 12, 2009 – March 14, 2009  /

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Installation View, 2009

The Fabulist's Colored Life
February 12 – March 14, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 12, 2009, 6-8 pm

Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Fabulist’s Colored Life, an exhibition of new paintings by John Bankston whose work is concurrently on view in the “30 Americans” exhibition that opened at the Rubell Family Collection during Art Basel Miami Beach in December. This is Bankston’s fourth solo show at the gallery. Employing his signature coloring book style with equal parts painting and drawing, abstraction and figuration, he creates visual narratives. Like pages in a coloring book the overall compositions are graphic with large areas of negative space counterbalanced by patches of vibrant colors referencing various painting traditions from throughout the 20th Century. The Fabulist, a teller of tales, is both the imaginary author and subject of the stories. Large-scale paintings present scenes from his fantastical life. In the title, the word "colored" implies multiple meanings; topics of race, gender, identity, equity and isolation are all at play in these exquisite works that straddle the imagined and the real.
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