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Theater & art


What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

Howardena Pindell often creates art that unpacks and examines American values and assumptions. Having exhibited for more than 40 years in the United States and internationally, she makes dramatically varied work, from abstract paintings to alluringly textured mixed-media works to pieces that are laced with blunt political commentary. One fascinating body of work she has returned to again and again throughout her career, which has not been spotlighted in this country before, is now on view at Howard Yezerski Gallery.

Pindell calls the pieces “video drawings.” She makes a drawing of arcing arrows, points, and numbers on transparent acetate, positions it in front of a sports event on television, and, when the time is right, shoots a color photograph. When she started this project, in 1973, she was one of a handful of artists looking critically at the medium of television, and its visual frame on the world.

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