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Jordan Casteel on Painting Black Men—Watch the Video

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Jordan Casteel on Painting Black Men—Watch the Video
Jordan Casteel

Yesterday, Art21 released it’s newest Summer Short on Jordan Casteel, who represents black masculinity in her subtle portraits of men in New York’s black communities and neighborhoods. “Nine out of ten people think I’m a man before they meet me,” the artist explains to a group of people in her studio. “My name is Jordan, and I’m painting men. I think that has a lot to do with historical painting, and who has the right to what what bodies at what scale—and I like to play with that.”

See the film below, and follow Casteel as she photographs people on the street (she photographs subjects up to 200 times before painting them), records a ringtone of an elderly family member singing a song about impeaching Trump, and hangs out with her friends as she discusses issues surrounding prejudice, race, masculinity, and portraiture.

 

 

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