Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch

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Sanford Biggersis a Harlem-based artist working in various media including painting, sculpture, video, and performance. He describes his practice ascode-switching”—mixing disparate elements to create layers of meaning—to account for his wide-ranging interests. This catalogue focuses on a series of repurposed quilts (many made in the nineteenth century) that embodies this interest in mixture. Informed by the significance of quilts to the Underground Railroad, Biggers transforms the quilts into new works using materials such as paint, tar, glitter, and charcoal to add his own layers of codes, whether they be historical, political, or purely artistic. Insightful essays survey Biggerss career, his art in relation to music, and the history upon which the series draws. Also featured is a short yet powerful graphic essay by an award-winning illustrator that introduces the layered meanings inherent in the art and craft of quilting.

Authors: Andrea Andersson, Antonio Sergio Bessa, Greg Tate, Jacqueline Tobin, Raymond Dobard

  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • 9 3/4 × 10 1/2
  • Published by Yale University Press (April 14, 2020)
  • ISBN:978-0300248647

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