Kris Graves

ARTIST NEWS: Kris Graves Shortlisted for Aperture Portfolio Prize

We are so happy to announce that Kris Graves was shortlisted for the 2017 Aperture Portfolio prize

This year, Aperture’s Staff reviewed more than 700 portfolios, submitted from all over the world. The winner of the 2017 Aperture Portfolio Prize will be announced in May 2017, and will be published in Aperture magazine, receive a cash prize, and present an exhibition at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore in New York.

We here at SWP are so proud of Kris. 

Congratulations as well to the other four finalists:
Emmanuelle Andrianjafy, Nancy Floyd, Balarama Heller, and Natalie Krick. 

New Work: Tema Stauffer

Most of the pictures in Tema Stauffer’s new body of work, Upstate, are made in and around Columbia County nestled along the Hudson River in upstate NY. You can see more of the work here.

FAIR NEWS: Kris Graves at Art on Paper

Please come visit us at the Art on Paper fair this week!
You can find us in booth C3.

This year will be a solo booth featuring the Testament Project portraits by Kris Graves.

“The Testament Project is an exploration and re-conception of the contemporary black experience in America. More often than not, black people are portrayed in the extreme—either as very rich or very poor, they are demonized, infantilized, ridiculed, idolized or hyper-sexualized; and within the art canon there is a noticeable scarcity of black representation.
In these glowing portraits, control of the colored lighting is given to my subjects, in order to create a space that is participatory and empowered. By including subjects in the creation of the scene and the altering of color, I seek to create photographs that portray individuality in addition to their blackness.”

INTRODUCING: KRIS GRAVES

“The Testament Project is an exploration and re-conception of the contemporary black experience in America. More often than not, black people are portrayed in the extreme—either as very rich or very poor, they are demonized, infantilized, ridiculed, idolized or hyper-sexualized; and within the art canon there is a noticeable scarcity of black representation.”

More of Kris’ work, as well as his biography, press, and publications, can be found on his artist’s page.