Howardena Pindell

Artstor and the Garth Greenan Gallery have collaborated to release 20 images of works by contemporary artist Howardena Pindell in the Digital Library.

Howardena Pindell (b.1943) explores issues of racism, feminism, violence, slavery, and exploitation through the language of abstraction. She is known for her use of unconventional materials in her otherwise formalist paintings, including string, perfume, glitter, and postcards. Pindell also occasionally works in video.

Pindell grew up in Philadelphia, and moved to New York City after receiving her MFA at Yale University. She was a founding member of feminist art collective AIR Galleries in 1972, and worked at the Museum of Modern Art throughout that decade. She left MoMA to join the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and continues to teach there and at other universities across the United States. Her work is included in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Yale University Art Museum. Her art has been exhibited in the last decade at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Walker Art Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Pindell is represented by Garth Greenan Gallery, which primarily focuses on contemporary American art. The gallery represents artists working in a variety of media. Its mission is to showcase artists of historical import whose work has not yet achieved the full recognition it deserves.