Re-Interpreting the European Collection
Titus Kaphar

September 2 2011 - May 31 2012

Bermuda National Gallery, Hamilton, Bermuda

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Titus Kaphar, [American, b. 1976]
Tax Collector, 2011
Oil on canvas
87.25 x 57.25 inches
221.6 x 145.4 cm

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In this exhibition, eight local and international artists were invited to respond to an historical artwork of choice. These artists include: James Cooper, Louisa Flannery, Charlie Godet Thomas, Titus Kaphar, Sunell Lombard, Lynn Morrell, Alan C. Smith, and Sharon Wilson. By reinterpreting the artwork in the contemporary moment, these artists provide another layer of meaning to the original pieces; they bring their own histories and perspectives to historical artworks that may well be far removed from their pasts. These new artworks shape a new context for dialogue, using symbols and technology, for example, to comment on today’s society. The exhibition also features a film created by local artist Milton Repose, which itself interprets the process of the exhibition, thus adding an additional layer of meaning.

BNG Director, Ms. Lisa Howie states: “This synergy of meaning purposefully moves away from a single, curatorial narrative, which fits with the BNGs core value of collaboration. Capturing diverse perspectives simultaneously is important to the vision of the Gallery as it moves toward greater inclusivity.”

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Bermuda National Gallery
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