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Artist Nell Painter
art by Nell Painter: detail from Princeton Self-portrait, 2015, charcoal on paper
Epigraph Eyes-Small Intense,
detail of Princeton Self-portrait, 2015, charcoal on paper, 10" x 8"

2019 Art Events

Paul Robeson Portrait Exhibit

Paul Robeson Activist Portraits of Paul Robeson exhibit, NJTV image Portraits of Paul Robeson, 3 of 6 images, Rutgers Today image
Paul Robeson Activist (2018) (see larger images below) will be on exhibit at the Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University, February-April 2019. Here is a link to a NJTV News video on the exhibit (aired Feb. 15, 2019), and here is an article about the Zimmerli exhibit in Rutgers Today.

2018 Art Events

Nell published an art review of “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” in the New York Review Daily, in two parts:

Brodsky Center Series Acquired by Additional Museum

Nell's series "You Say This Can't Really Be America," made at the Brodsky Center in 2017, has been acquired by a second museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, after the Smith College Art Museum.


2019 Art

"The History of White People", 2019

As I pack up to launch the French edition of my book The History of White People, my book is very much on my mind as a product of my own enunciation. This piece shows text from the English language edition of The History of White People and my mouth(s) as the speaker of those phrases.

art by Nell Painter: "The History of White People", 2019, 
paper and digital collage on foam core, 37 1/2" x 60"
"The History of White People", 2019,
paper and digital collage on foam core, 37 1/2" x 60"

2018 Art

Swampy Land by the River Don, 2018

August 2018: Time for me to sit down and finally make some art after two months on the road promoting my new book, Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over. Ah! A return to the simple enjoyment of making images. Let me go back to line and color and the joy of mark-making on paper.

Rummaging through my archive of images, I found an old map from my research at the Beinecke Library at Yale in 2012, when I was painting my Odalisque Atlas series. In 2018 I just liked the way it looked, this 18th-century map of a section of the Don River in Russia. It was the appearance of the thing that attracted me. I made a little 7" x 5" lino print and colored about a dozen by hand using ink, acrylic, and collage. I had a very good time.

After I colored my lino prints, I checked into the history just out of curiosity. I can never get very far from my love of history. And it turns out my prints have quite a back story with relevance beyond the Black Sea.

A centuries old, major commercial route, the Don River in Russia ends at the port of Azov (also called Tana) on the northern part of the Black Sea known as the Sea of Azov. For many centuries before 1900, the principal export through the port of Azov was live merchandise supplied by Cossacks.

Cossacks captured their live merchandise by harvesting the steppe. Harvesting the steppe? This was raiding the peasants of the steppe between Poland, Ukraine, and Russia for people to sell to the rich eastern Mediterranean, especially to the Ottomans. But it wasn’t just Cossacks in this kind of business.

If you know anything about the Atlantic slave trade, you’ll recognize this business model. Harvesting the steppe for live merchandise was exactly the kind of raiding that delivered millions of hapless African peasants into the Atlantic slave trade, where ports along the west coast of Africa played the part of Azov/Tana with the Atlantic Ocean as the Black Sea.

  
Swampy Land by the River Don hand colored 2.1 Swampy Land by the River Don hand colored 2.2 Swampy Land by the River Don hand colored 2.3
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Swampy Land by the River Don hand colored 2.13
Swampy Land by the River Don, 2018,
hand-colored lino prints, ink and collage on paper, 8" x 7"
  
  

Année Infâme, 2018

Annee Infame 1 Annee Infame 2
Annee Infame 3 Annee Infame 4
Annee Infame 5 Annee Infame 6
Année Infâme, 2018
stamp work on paper, 9" x 12"
  
  
art by Nell Painter: Paul Robeson Activist, oil stick, acrylic, and ink on canvas, 48" x 24"
Paul Robeson Activist, 2018
oil stick, acrylic, and ink on canvas, 48" x 24"
Will be on exhibit at the Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University,
February-April 2019
  
  
art by Nell Painter: Paul Robeson Activist, detail oil stick, acrylic, and ink on canvas, 48" x 24"
Paul Robeson Activist, 2018, detail
oil stick, acrylic, and ink on canvas, 48" x 24"
  
  
Portraits of Paul Robeson exhibit, NJTV image
Portraits of Paul Robeson (including Nell's Paul Robeson Activist will be on exhibit at the Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University, February-April 2019. Here is a link to a NJTV News video on the exhibit (aired Feb. 15, 2019).
  
  
Portraits of Paul Robeson, 3 of 6 images, Rutgers Today image
Portraits of Paul Robeson will be on exhibit at the Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University, February-April 2019. Among the six portraits is Nell's "Paul Robeson Activist", center above. Here is an article about the Zimmerli exhibit in Rutgers Today.
  
  
art by Nell Painter: Thadious Davis Celebration Drawing, 2018, graphite, collage, and digital collage on paper, 11 x 17
Thadious Davis Celebration Drawing, 2018,
graphite, collage, and digital collage on paper, 11" x 17"

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2017 Art

  
art by Nell Painter: 1. You Say Worst Thing Ever, Part 1 of 8 of You Say This Can't Really Be America art by Nell Painter: 2. America Too, Part 2 of 8 of You Say This Can't Really Be America
art by Nell Painter: 3. You Say Never Seen Anything, Part 3 of 8 of You Say This Can't Really Be America art by Nell Painter: 4. The America I Know, Part 4 of 8 of You Say This Can't Really Be America
art by Nell Painter: 5. You Say Can't Really be America, Part 5 of 8 of You Say This Can't Really Be America art by Nell Painter: 6. I Know from History, Part 6 of 8 of You Say This Can't Really Be America
art by Nell Painter: 7. You Say Isn't Really America, Part 7 of 8 of You Say This Can't Really Be America art by Nell Painter: 8. Look South Look West, Part 8 of 8 of You Say This Can't Really Be America
You Say This Can't Really Be America, 2017, digital and silkscreen print on Sunset Cotton etching paper. Eight parts, 17" x 17" each (all eight parts shown above). Edition of 10. Published by Brodsky Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Collaborating master printer Randy Hemminghaus.
  
  
Display of work by Nell Painter produced and shown at the Brodsky Center
Installation view of three works by Nell Painter, published by the Brodsky Center, (from left): Wise Woman Inside, You Say This Can't Really Be America, and Wise Woman Disappears.

You Say This Can't Really Be America, 2017, digital and silkscreen print on Sunset Cotton Etching paper, eight parts, 17 x 17 inches each, edition of 10, published by Brodsky Center, collaborating master printer Randy Hemminghaus. Installation view, E/AB Fair, New York, NY, October 26–29, 2017. Photograph courtesy of Brodsky Center, copyright Nell Painter and Brodsky Center. Photograph by Jennifer Lorenz.

  
  
art by Nell Painter: hat Do You Say About That?, 2017, linoleum cut and relief print on Sekishu white paper
What Do You Say About That?, 2017, linoleum cut and relief print on Sekishu white paper. Two parts, 17" x 30" overall. Edition of 10. Published by Brodsky Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Collaborating master printer Randy Hemminghaus.
  
  
art by Nell Painter: Wise Woman Inside, 2017. relief and silkscreen print on Sekishu white paper, 17 x 17 inches
Wise Woman Inside, 2017. relief and silkscreen print on Sekishu white paper, 17" x 17". Edition of 10. Published by Brodsky Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Collaborating master printer Randy Hemminghaus.
  
  
art by Nell Painter: Wise Woman Disappears, 2017, woodcut and polymer relief print on Sekishu white paper
Wise Woman Disappears, 2017, woodcut and polymer relief print on Sekishu white paper, 2 parts, 24" x 36" overall. Edition of 10. Published by Brodsky Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Collaborating master printer Randy Hemminghaus.
  
  
art by Nell Painter: Nell Painter 3 (Wise Woman), 2017
Nell Painter 3 (Wise Woman), 2017.
  
  
art by Nell Painter: ouglas Symmetrical Blue with Locke, 2015
Douglas Symmetrical Blue with Locke, 2017, 12" x 12"
  
  

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2016 Art

Motherwell Series, 2016

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Slideshows

Art History by Nell Painter Volume 28, 2015

Art History by Nell Painter Volume 27, 2014


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Read about Nell's Art Events
Including Articles and Interviews (by year)

2019     2018     2017      2014      2013     2012      2011      2009


 

View Nell's Art (by year produced)

2019     2018     2017     2015-2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009-2010     2009     2008


2015-2014 Art

Art History by Nell Painter Volume 28 2015 (slideshow)
Front Cover 09 2015 Square
Art History by Nell Painter Volume 27 2014 (slideshow)
Baskervill Front Cover
Princeton Self-portrait 2015, charcoal on paper, 10" x 8", 2015
art by Nell Painter: Princeton Self-portrait 2015, charcoal on paper, 10" x 8", 2015
Douglas Inverted Colored 2 in Vol. 28, 2015
art by Nell Painter: Nell Painter 1, Similar to Douglas Inverted Colored 2 in Vol. 28, 2015
With Arms Lopped Off, 2014, collage on paper, unique image, 5" x 5"
art by Nell Painter: With Arms Lopped Off, 2014, collage on paper, unique image, 5” x 5”
NO self-portrait 3, Digital self-portrait by Nell Painter, 2014
Digital  self-portrait by Nell Painter, 2014

2013 Art

Bathroom Book for Meena, 2013, collage on paper, 6” x 39”
image of Bathroom Book for Meena, 2013, collage on paper, 6 x 39”

Digital self-portrait, 2013, digital image on paper, 19” x 13”
Digital self-portrait, 2013
CWCW User 86 Profile Image, 2013, digital collage on paper, 12” x 12”
CWCW User 86 Profile Image, 2013, digital collage on paper

CRC images, 2013, digital images, dimensions vary


Beloveds, 2013, digital collages on paper, each 5-1/2" x 5-1/2”


Art History Volume XXVII by Nell Painter, Ancestral Arts, 2013.
Artist’s book, “Staples Edition,” 8 x 9-1/2” each page. Larger format T/K.

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2012 Art

Black Sea Composite Maps 2012
Black Sea Composite Map 4
Black Sea Composite Map 4
Black Sea Composite Map 8
black sea composite map 8

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Fall 2011 Art

Meena's Book 1.5, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 11" x 15"
inspired by a poem by Meena Alexander, "When Asked What Sort of Book I Wish I Could Make."
Meen's Book 1.5
Back Man + Cook Diptych Left, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 72".
At Aferro, Nell's work turned to grisaille, a change inspired by the paintings themselves.
Back Man + Cook Diptych Left
Back Man + Cook Diptych Right, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 72"
Back Man + Cook Diptych Right
Back Man + Cook 3, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 36-1/4" x 40"
Back Man + Cook 3
Back Man + Cook 2, 2011, acrylic + oil stick on canvas, 40" x 40"
Back Man + Cook 2
No Entre, 2011, acrylic + oil stick on canvas, 32" x 40"
No Entre
Palms at Dusk Get Personal, 2011, digital print on paper, 8” x 10”
art by Nell Painter: alms at Dusk Get Personal, 2011, digital print on paper, 8” x 10”

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2010     2009-2010     2009     2008


2010 Art

Postcard, digital media, 4.25" x 6"
Postcard, 2010

Plantains Series, 2010

Anthroposociology, colored ink, gouache and collage on Yupo, 11" x 14"
Anthroposociology, 2010
Aug-Sept 2010 collage on yupo 3, colored ink, gouache and collage on Yupo, 11" x 14"
   Aug-Sept 2010 collage on yupo 3
Ecclefechan, colored ink, gouache and collage on Yupo, 11" x 14"
   Ecclefechan, 2010
Follow me, colored ink, gouache and collage on Yupo, 11" x 14"
Follow me, 2010
Unfashion J, colored ink and collage on Yupo, 9" x 12"
Unfashion J, 2010
Unfashion 5, colored ink and collage on Yupo, 9" x 12"
Unfashion 5, 2010

Self-portrait Series, 2010

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2009-2010 Art

Beauty: Odalisques, acrylic on unstretched canvas, 60" x 60"
Beauty: Odalisques
Sublime: Apollo, acrylic on unstretched canvas, 60" x 60"
Sublime: Apollo
Beauty + the Sublime: Jackson, acrylic on unstretched canvas, 60" x 60"
Beauty and the Sublime: Jackson
Ingres etching + map, hand-painted etching, colored ink on paper, 22.5" x 30"
Ingres etching and map

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2009 Art

Nine Sylvia Boone Drawings, colored ink on paper, each 11" x 8.5"
9 Sylvia Boone Drawings
Sylvia Boone Drawing 5, colored ink on paper, 11" x 8.5"
Sylvia Boone Drawing 5
Sylvia Boone Drawing for Bettye Collier-Thomas, colored ink on paper, 11" x 8.5"
Sylvia Boone Drawing for Bettye Collier-Thomas
Tubman in Prague, colored ink and acrylic on paper, 22.5" x 30"
Tubman in Prague
Doghead, hand colored lithograph, 3.5" x 8.0" x 3.0"
Doghead, hand colored lithograph
Panoti, hand colored lithograph 7.35" x 15"
Panoti, hand colored lithograph



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2008 Art

One of Nell Painter’s One Hundred Drawings for Hanneline
appears on the cover of the poet Dionne Brand’s Fierce Departures (2008).
cover for D. Brand's book of poetry Fierce Departures

Brooklyn Photographs Series, 2008

In November-December 2008 Nell Painter created a series of paintings inspired by Brooklyn photographs by Lucille Fornasieri-Gold in the Brooklyn Historical Society. Here are four from that series, ink and gouache on paper, all 22" x 30".

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Read about Nell's Art Events
Including Articles and Interviews (by Year)

2019      2018      2017       2014       2013      2012       2011       2009


2017 Art Events

Nell's interview in Art in Print: Nell Painter: Working In The Year 2017

Video of Nell's interview with Carol Jenkins on CUNY Television's Black America series on April 26, 2017, "Black America - Through a Painter's Eye with Nell Painter": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_b6qwX9f0c&t=6s

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2014 Art Events

The French group Les Amis de Beauford Delaney protect the memory of the great American painter who lived and died in France. They discovered that Nell Painter had made work inspired by Beauford Delaney.
Les Amis de Beauford Delaney: Nell Painter on Beauford

NJTV video interviews include Nell Painter and shows her work. NJTV visits Emerge 11, an exhibit of 21 artists at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Emerge is a group art show and also a professional development program for artists. NJTV spoke with the founding directior and five of the Emerge 11 artists, including Nell Painter. (Published on Oct 23, 2014)
Nell's interview is from 4:52 to 6:17 in the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQJYPoyEzsY

Nell Painter is mentioned in a review of the Emerge 11 group show in the Star-Ledger newspaper (Art Review: Emerge 11 at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, in Newark). Here is an excerpt from that review, discussing Nell's work:

"I think there's a lot of heart in this show," says Jorge Rojas, the independent curator who organized "Emerge 11," though he didn't choose the artists. The show is one of the rewards for acceptance into the program. "There's a lot of handwork. Most of the artists are younger than I am, but there's also Nell Painter. She had a distinguished career as a historian at Princeton University, concentrating in 19th century Southern American history, and then she decided to pursue a career in art, and went through the Rhode Island School of Design. And now she's showing these hypnotic abstractions based on an archival photograph of a dog fight in Brooklyn in the 1970s. You can still see the dogs, but they're like a memory buried in the picture."

The entire Star-Ledger review can be read here:
Art Review: Emerge 11 at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, in Newark

Nell was on a panel discussion on poetic process, cultural translation, and aesthetic collaboration at The Center for the Humanities, CUNY, Mar 5, 2014: "Birthplace with Buried Stones."

poster for the event: Birthplace with Buried Stones, March 5, 2014
Poster for Birthplace with Buried Stones 2014 panel discussion

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2013 Art Events

Nell in her studio with some of her artwork on the Newark Arts website: by Colleen Gutwein, Newark Arts Photo Documentary Project, https://www.newarkartsphotodoc.com/dr-nell-painter.


2012 Art Events

In spring 2012 Nell was artist-and-scholar in residence in the Department of African American Studies at Yale University. Her new art project was Odalisque Atlas (beauty + sex + slavery): http://afamstudies.yale.edu/news/nell-irvin-painter-2012-visiting-fellow-afam-studies

Evonne Davis, Nell, and Glenn Shafer at an opening at Aferro, an artist-run space in downtown Newark where Nell was an artist in residence 2011-2012. Evonne and Emma Wilcox run Aferro, which has been in its present location on Market Street for more than five years.
Evonne Davis, Nell, and Glenn Shafer at an opening at Aferro

2011 Art Events

Nell Painter has earned her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design!
Nell's RISD MFA graduation
Charles Botsman-Feimster beside Nell's painting Back Man 1 in the RISD 2011 MFA show.
Charles Botsman-Feimster beside Nell's painting Back Man 1
Nell's studio at the Rhode Island School of Design in the winter of 2011, with Lucille Fornasieri-Gold's photos on the wall with Nell's paintings.
Nell's studio at the Rhode Island School of Design

2009 Art Events

Nell received a BFA degree in painting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey in May 2009 (while she was actually serving as a visiting professor at the University of Rome Tre). As the Virtual Artist in Residence of the Creative Research Center of Montclair State University in New Jersey, her work can be seen at http://www.montclair.edu/creativeresearch/index.html.