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DETOUR (2019)

Charles McGill

Charles McGill

Debris, 2012
reconfigured golf bags on panel, 48 x 48 x 8 in

Charles McGill was trained as a figurative painter, but is best known for his assemblages of old vintage golf bags and accessories into wall mounted or free standing sculpture. As an African American artist he chose the golf bag as a loaded symbol of wealth, power, race, and class. McGill referred to this work as "Artifacts from the Former Black Militant Golf and Country Club." He has said, “I find the golf bag to be a very political object due to its historical associations with class...and racial justice… It is both an object and subject that lends itself well to found object abstractions and assemblages that address these well-chronicled complexities.” Adam Straus says, “He is basically skinning, splaying, and then displaying these icons of a game enjoyed throughout history by a certain class and race, but at the same time making beautiful formally composed abstractions, so there is this contradiction and irony inherent in the work.” McGill died after battling cancer in 2017 at the age of 53. His estate is handled by Pavel Zoubak Gallery in Manhattan. McGill exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT; Lehman College Art Gallery, NY; The Baltimore Museum of Art; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA. He had his first solo museum exhibition titled "Front Line, Back Nine" at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in 2016.

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