Press

Pillars of Desire: James Montford and the Guardians of the Br’er Gaze

Take Magazine “Artist to Watch in 2016” Dec/Jan issue pg. 43

Miller Yezerski Gallery

R.I. artist James Montford gets an edgy, provocative mid-career survey – Providence Journal

Artscope Sept/Oct 2015 Suzanne Volmer The Planetarium of Black Indian Constellations at Beard and Weil Galleries

“james montford’s work resonates” Artist profile Providence Journal Bill Van Siclen Sunday Art April 26th 2015

Atscope Mag Review: The Planetarium of Black Indian Constellations S.Volmer Sept 2015

The Art of Provocation by Cate McQuaid – Boston Globe June 9, 2015

Bannister: The Story Behind the Name

Skin Deep – NewportRI.com

James Montford – The Phoenix

Bannister Gallery adds a new venue for exhibitions – Rhode Island College News

Just The Fax: Oppression And Racism – Hartford Courant

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James Montford is on a quest to define “Black Indian,” which, for this seasoned artist, is an ongoing personal and aesthetic exploration. He envisions his work as a conversation—about identity, social justice, oppression, racial stereotypes, and the persuasiveness of myth, such as the myth that we are living in a post-racial world. Employing appropriated racially charged imagery—such as blackface minstrel show figures, so-called pickaninnies and, more recently, the “hands up” posture adopted by activists across the country in response to the arrest and death of Eric Garner in New York City. This poignant gesture also recalls  Goya’s great painting the Third of May. Montford doesn’t shy away from addressing stereotypes and institutional racism head on. For more than 40 years, the mixed race artist  has been both visual storyteller and agitator, drawing on his own experiences of racial confrontation and current events to create two-dimensional artworks, installations, and performance art that are both vile and humorous, elegant and grotesque—a sobering reflection of our racial history but, more frighteningly, of the tumultuous racial landscape we still occupy.

From the Wheaton College Exhibition