Best Of 2020

Best Career-Spanning Retrospective: "Robert Colescott: Art and Race Matters"

Best Career-Spanning Retrospective

at the Contemporary Arts Center was the first retrospective to span the artist’s career from 1949 to 2009, displaying 85 paintings pulled from over five decades of work. Colescott, the first African-American artist to receive a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale (in 1997), explored popular culture as it relates to the black experience, exposing underlying prejudice through a transgressive lens. But the CAC exhibition, which was curated by Colescott’s longtime associate Lowery Stokes Sims and Matthew Weseley, was as relevant as ever. Beyond Cincy, the show received a shout-out from the The New York Times, among other national publications. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.