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Howardena Pindell

Interview with Howardena Pindell, 2006 May 9

Howardena Pindell (b. 1943), painter and mixed media artist, curator and educator, is known for the wide variety of techniques and materials used in her artwork. She has created abstract paintings, collages, "video drawings," and "process art." Many of her pieces engage in deconstruction and reconstruction. Her work explores texture, color, structures, and the process of making art; it is often political, addressing the issues of racism, feminism, violence, slavery, and exploitation. Her work is also autobiographical, particularly in the years after a 1979 car accident in which she suffered a concussion and memory loss.

In 1990 Pindell received the Most Distinguished Body of Work or Performance Award from the College Art Association. Her work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Harvard University Art Museums and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, among many others.


Howardena Pindell, Autobiography: Water/Ancestors/Middle Passage/Family Ghost (1988). Acrylic, tempera, cattle markers, oil stick, paper, polymer photo transfer, vinyl on sewn canvas. 118" x 71". Collection: Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.

Further Reading

Pindell, Howardena. Howardena Pindell: Paintings and Drawings. [Kansas City, Mo.]: ExhibitsUSA, 1992.

Pindell, Howardena, and Lowery Stokes Sims. The Heart of the Question: The Writings and Paintings of Howardena Pindell. New York: Midmarch Arts Press, 1997.