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Peter Williams: left:  Movie Queens: Pam Greer; center:  Movement Women: Kathleen Cleaver; right:  Fierce Fighters: Angela Davis; 2018, oil on canvas, glitter, 48 x 36 in each.





Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce our participation in EXPO Chicago 2018, Exposure Section, Booth 157, with a presentation of new works by Caitlin Cherry and Peter Williams .

Caitlin Cherry and Peter Williams create narrative figurative paintings that address contemporary social, cultural, and political issues. The artists draw attention to the injustices suffered by Black Americans, imagine alternative realities and peaceful futures, and relay poignant criticism of systemic racism in the United States.

Peter Williams,  Movement Women: Kathleen Cleaver,  2018, oil and glitter on canvas, 48 x 36 in each.

Brooklyn-based Caitlin Cherry combines painting, sculpture, and installation with references to history and present-day politics. Her recent paintings explore the solarization and inversion effect of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor technology that occurs with a malfunctioning or tilted screen. Pushing this image distortion even further in the painting process, the effect becomes a metaphor for the overexposure and colonization of black female bodies that persists in popular culture, music, and pornography.  Peter Williams' paintings have been described as "hallucinogenic, acerbic, pained, beautiful, confessional, obsessive, critical, jarring, wild, weird, and profoundly human -- born from his personal experiences of race, appetite, and physical vulnerability." Williams' works address the violence faced daily by Black Americans and the myths and heroes that are formed in public perception. The "pointillist" technique that he employs in his new paintings, in combination with psychedelic color and cartoon imagery, creates a rupture between style and content -- in effect, turning the works into scintillating, powerful visions that force the viewer to slow down in order to make sense of each picture.

Caitlin Cherry,  Solar Asian Doll , 2018, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in.

Caitlin Cherry was born in Chicago in 1987, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Cherry received her MFA from Columbia University in 2012 and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010.  Cherry had her debut solo exhibition, titled Hero Safe, in 2013 at the Brooklyn Museum. She will present her first solo exhibition with Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in January 2019.  Other recent solo exhibitions include Etherpaint (2018), The Anderson at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; Arctic Sovereignty (2018), Art-In-Buildings, New York, NY; and Monster Energy (2017), University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst, MA. Group exhibitions include Soul Recordings (2018) at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; The Sun is Gone But We Have the Light (2018), Unclebrother/Gavin Brown's enterprise, Hancock, NY; Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art (2016), UMOCA in Salt Lake City, Utah; Banksy's Dismaland (2015), Somerset, England; This is What Sculpture Looks Like (2014), Postmasters Gallery, New York; and Fore (2012), Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2016 she completed a residency at The Robert Rauchenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida. 

Peter Williams,  Topiary Diary ,  2018, oil-based enamel and pencil on canvas, 24 x 36 in.

Peter Williams was born in 1952 in  Nyack, New York . He lives and works in Wilmington, Delaware. Williams earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His  first solo exhibition with Luis De Jesus Los Angeles opens on October 20, 2018. Recent exhibitions include  With So Little To Be Sure Of ( 2018), curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, CUE Art Foundation, New York; Dark Humor: Peter Williams (2017), Allcott Gallery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; The N-Word: Common and Proper Nouns (2017), Ruffin Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; and  Prospect.4: The Lotus In Spite Of The Swamp  (2017), organized by Trevor Schoonmaker,  Prospect Triennial, New Orleans. I n 2016, he also participated in the group exhibition  Me, My, Mine: Commanding Subjectivity in Painting at DC Moore Gallery, New York.  Williams w as included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial  and  is the recipient of numerous honors, including artist-in-residence in 2018 at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Joan Mitchell Award in 2004  and 2007 , and a  Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1985-87. His paintings are held in the permanent collections of the  Detroit Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center, the  Whitney Museum of American Art, Delaware Art Museum, Howard University, Washington, DC;  and the Mot t-Warsh Collection in Flint, MI, among others.  Peter Williams is Senior Professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Delaware.

Caitlin Cherry,  Steph (The Booty on Saturday) ,  2018, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in.

Press / VIP Preview: 
Thursday, September 27th | 12 to 9 PM 
Open to the Public:  
Friday, September 28th | 11 AM to 7 PM
Saturday, September 29th | 11 AM to 7 PM
Sunday, September 30th | 11 AM to 6 PM

For further information and a preview of works being offered, please contact Meghan Gordon, Associate Director, at 310-838-6000, or email 

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