Robert Colescott, born in California in 1925, became recognized for his parodies of iconic paintings that he admired at the Louvre. These works incorporated images from popular culture and ironic homage’s to historic masterpieces. Throughout the 80′s and 90′s, Colescott’s paintings continued to be full of satire, presenting the social ills of race, sex, and western culture in humorous, yet thought-provoking ways. Over the last decade, Colescott’s works have become increasingly abstract; allowing the viewer to focus on the movement of the paint itself, while analyzing the work for its enigmatic narratives. Colescott lived and worked in Tucson, Arizona for the past three decades until his untimely death in 2009. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson then named him “Local Genius” of the year
His work is featured in collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, California; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and La Jolla, California; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut; Contemporary Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii; Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona; Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts.
Jumaane N’Namdi, director of N’Namdi Contemporary Miami and N’Namdi Contemporary Chicago, was introduced to the professional art world at the age of six. It was at this time in 1981, when his father, George, founded the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit, Mi. Reared in the gallery business and amid an extensive family art collection, Jumaane developed his innate appreciation and understanding for the interrelationship of art, artist and collector.
Upon graduation from Morehouse College in 1997, Jumaane, begin his formal career in the arts at what was then the burgeoning G.R. N’Namdi Gallery Chicago. His discerning eye began to distinguish great pieces from good ones, making it possible for his art patrons to meet world-renowned artists and to develop some of the country’s most prestigious art collections. While under his father’s tutelage, Jumaane quickly assumed the directorship of G.R. N’Namdi Gallery Chicago and subsequently G.R. N’Namdi Gallery New York.