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Tavares Strachan Reimagines ‘The Last Supper’ in a Monumental Tribute to Black Historical Figures — Colossal

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February 9, 2024

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Detail of “The First Supper (Galaxy Black)”(2023), bronze with black patina and gold leaf. 217.3 x 928.5 x 266.7 centimeters. Installation view of ‘Entangled Pasts, 1768-now. Art, Colonialism and Change’At the Royal Academy of Arts. All photos are by Jonty Widde, courtesy of Perrotin the artist and Glenstone Museum Potomac Maryland, shared with their permission

From a satellite orbiting Earth seven years in honor of Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., first Black astronaut, pulsing Neon human skeleton that illuminates Rosalind Franklin’s contributions to the field of science, Tavares StrachanUses technology and experimental methods to reframe historical narratives.

This month, London will be the place to be. Royal Academy of ArtsOpened Entangled Pasts, 1768-now. Art, Colonialism, and Change a large-scale exhibition of works by British art historian giants like J.M.W. Turner, Joshua Reynolds, John Singleton Copley, and other leading contemporary artists, such as Hew Locke, Yinka Shonibare, Lubaina himid, Sonia Boyce. And in the courtyard, an impressive life-size reimagining of Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic tempera mural, “The Last Supper,” replaces the Renaissance painting’s subjects with Black scientists, activists, artists, and other prominent figures.

The following are some of the ways to get in touch with us “The First Supper,”Strachan took four years to complete the play, which features notable figures such as Harriet Tubman and Marcus Garvey, activists Marsha P. and Mary Seacole, singer-songwriter Sister Rosetta Tharpe and nurse Mary Seacole. Strachan substitutes the former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie for Jesus, and himself as Judas.

Art historian Alayo Akinkugbe suggests in an essay for the exhibition’s catalogue that positioning himself as traitor represents the artist’s betrayal of “history’s status quo by bringing to light these marginalized figures in a composition that is typically associated with Christ and his disciples.” Strachan also continues a long tradition of surreptitiously including a self-portrait within a broader subject, perhaps most famously in Jan van Eyck’s 1434 “Arnolfini Portrait” or Raphael’s famous Vatican fresco, “The School of Athens,”Between 1509 and 1511, the construction of the new building was completed.

 

Installation view “The First Supper (Galaxy Black)”The Royal Academy of Arts in London

You can also contact us by clicking here. “The First Supper”It is about a simple ritual that builds and sustains relationships, whether it’s a small dinner or a large gathering, but also about looking back to the past and re-evaluating the present.

Strachan describes the gathering of people around a table as being “part of the fabric of human experience,”Every detail of food and drinks in this work has a symbolic meaning. You’ll find African rice, catfish, breadfruit, cocoa, chicken, custard apple, and soursop—all foods consumed in the Caribbean that can be traced to Indigenous and African influences, paralleling the troubling histories of enslavement and indentured servitude.

Bronze with a black and gold patina is a nod to African culture, as well as the high-quality craftsmanship of artisans who invented the first lost-wax method in the 10th century. Some of the most famous Bronze works were created by the Kingdom of BeninNow Nigeria.

Gold bears a similar symbolic weight, referencing Europeans’ attraction to West Africa’s ‘Gold Coast’In the 15th Century. Strachan notes Strachan that the material is “one of Africa’s most abundant natural resources and has indisputably shaped its history and its people throughout time.”

Entangled Pasts Continues until April 28. Find more on Strachan’s Website.

 

Detail of “The First Supper (Galaxy Black)”

Detail of “The First Supper (Galaxy Black)”

#art history
#bronze
#gold
#identity
#sculpture
#Tavares Strachan

 

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