Last weekend, Art Sanctuary opened the doors to its latest exhibition, ‘Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit,’ with an opening reception for featured artist James Dupree.
Running through Saturday, April 25, ‘Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit’ includes work that represents a creative turning point for Dupree. Blurring the boundaries between painting, collage, printmaking and draftsmanship, Dupree delves wholeheartedly into the realm of complete abstraction.
An accomplished artist, educator, and business owner, Dupree grew up just a few blocks from his Haverford Avenue studio. A Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts alumni, one the first black graduates of the University of Pennsylvania MFA program and a recent recipient of the UPenn Black Alumni Society’s Living Legend Award, Dupree is – in many ways – an example of how Philadelphia’s art institutions have invested in artists of color through the years.
“I know different people will respond to the work at different levels, and I don’t want to reveal what the forms mean to me,” stated Dupree. “Suffice to say, there are allegorical symbols that relate to my being Black, and the reality of having to survive social rites of passage and periods of cultural isolation.”
Dupree’s works are in the permanent collections of several museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Schomburg Museum in Copenhagen, as well as in private collections of the Dave Matthews Band and Patti LaBelle.
With a commitment to promoting outstanding regional and national visual artists, Art Sanctuary opens its gallery doors to emerging and established artists, and provides a platform for them to connect with larger, diverse audiences, free of charge.
James Dupree presents “Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit”
Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street
When: Through Saturday, April 25
Gallery Hours: M, T, W, F: 10am – 4pm, TH: 10am – 7pm; Sat: 12- 4pm
More Info: artsanctuary.org