Deborah Roberts: One and Many
November 29th, 2014 – BETSY HUETE
With the exception of one misstep, One and Many, Deborah Roberts’ current solo show at Art Palace, is raw, painful, beautiful, grotesque, vulnerable, and vicious. The first line of her handout quotes James A. Baldwin: “People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.” Roberts carries on her shoulders the Post-Black ideologies that she grapples with. Through paint, collage, and sculpture, she is locating herself within three histories she has inherited—of being black, of being a woman, and of being an artist working within the largely white, chauvinistic modernist vocabulary of photocollage and abstract painting.
Pollock- Krasner Foundation Grant 2016- 2017 grantee
National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Ill: "The House on Mango Street Exhibition", April 2015- Summer of 2017.
The George Washington Caver Museum in Austin TX: "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sing", September 15 - November 5, 2016
NAPOLEON Gallery in Philadelphia, PA: Dates pending
Art Palace in Houston, TX: October 28, 2016 - December 30, 2016