Completed during Stephanie Weaver’s time as an artist in residence at the Studio Museum, Hallelujah envelops the viewer in a moment of collective rejoice.
Weaver’s dynamic approach to capturing moments of joyful reflection and praise brings together figuration and abstraction. The congregation, amidst a spiritual ritual, fills the picture plane. The elongated stacked forms follow the plywood’s grains and the verticality of the panel, each figure inseparable from the negative space around them, resulting in an overall sense of movement. The artist further embraces the material using stains that allow the grain to remain visible while serving as a skin tone for the figures’ faces.
(Artist in Residence 1971–72).
× 3 in.
Original Artwork Information: Stephanie Weaver (b. 1946) Hallelujah, 1971 Oil on board Frame: 73 1/4 × 48 1/2 × 1 1/2 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of the artist 1972.7
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