"Angels", 1990 Mixed media on board 53" x 21" Provenance: Purchased from the artist In the award winning, feature-length documentary, “Miami”, the actress and collector Jane Fonda describes her reaction to Purvis Young’s art in these words: “All I knew was that there’s something really powerful and profound going on here. But the first thing that struck me was the hopefulness of the work.” In 2006, when the movie was released, the artist was in failing health and hopefulness was in short supply, but he painted prolifically until his death in 2010. “Everyday,“ Purvis Young would say, “I prays to be great….” Young’s greatness is increasingly acknowledged by a once skeptical art world. In November 2006, he was the subject of a major retrospective at the Boca Raton Museum in Florida. In January 2007, the Art Miami art fair named him its Director’s Choice artist and placed a monumental archway of his work at the entrance to the fair. Articles in prominent art publications and solo exhibitions followed, including recent shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami and the Rubell Collection’s Thirty Americans show in Miami in 2015.
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