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Carl Grauer
Audre Lorde (Gustav Klimt Inspired Figurative Painting of LGBTQ Icon, Framed)

2019

$6,700

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Portrait painting of LGBTQ icon, Audre Lorde Entitled: "Audre Lorde (Black, Lesbian, Mother, Warrior, Poet)" Painted by Carl Grauer in 2018 Oil and gold leaf on canvas 40 x 30 inches, 41.5 x 31.5 inches in black frame with gold painted interior Wire backing, ready to hang Signed, verso This painting was made by Poughkeepsie, NY based artist, Carl Grauer, in 2019. It is part of the artist's latest series, The Lavender Temple of Their Most Fabulous, painted in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Here the artist depicts feminist poet, writer and activist, Audre Lorde with a Gustav Klimt inspired motif of gold and multi colored markings while a gold leaf halo frames Lorde's stoic face. Grauer modeled this painting from a famous picture of Lorde after a mastectomy where she stands in a relaxed posed, unabashedly gazing at the viewer. The portrait is complimented with a black painted wood frame that has a painted gold interior. About Audre Lorde: Audre Lorde was a feminist poet, writer and activist who addressed civil rights, feminism, lesbianism and the exploration of black female identity in her work. A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” she was born in Harlem in 1934 and began writing as a teenager. Throughout her career, Lorde published nine volumes of poetry and five works of prose, and earned honorary doctorates from Hunter, Oberlin, and Haverford Colleges, and was named the New York State poet laureate. She was critical of the lack of inclusivity in the mainstream feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s and sought to expand feminist discourse to take into account the totality of women’s identities, including race, class, gender identity, and sexuality. Lorde also wrote extensively about her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment beginning in the early 1980s. She passed away in 1992 in Saint Croix. “It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.” – Audre Lorde More about the series: In tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, Poughkeepsie based artist Carl Grauer debuts The Lavender Temple of Their Most Fabulous, a new series depicting notable figures of the LGBTQ+ movement. Portraits of gay rights advocates, such as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in US politics; Barbara Gittings, lesbian rights activist; and Audre Lorde, humanist poet and civil rights activist, will be encased in handmade frames resembling Catholic altarpieces. One room will be dedicated to a shrine-like installation to celebrate these “saints” for their advocacy. Using religious iconography as a celebratory and educational tool came naturally to the artist, who grew up in a conservative household in rural Kansas. “Religion has played such a strong factor in my existence, whether through faith or rejection…It is important to me to deliver artwork that depicts our history, so these events and people are acknowledged with reverence and not forgotten.”

Details

  • Creator
    Carl Grauer (1975, American)
  • Creation Year
    2019
  • Dimensions
    Height: 41.5 in. (105.41 cm)Width: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2274687112

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