Untitled (Who Is Queen collage)

Adam Pendleton

Untitled (Who Is Queen collage), 2021-2022

Adam Pendleton (b. 1984, Richmond, Virginia, USA) is a New York-based artist whose work examines and questions the freedom of abstraction in relationship to language, politics, and identity. The animating force of his work is found in Black Dada—the artist’s term for a broad conceptualization of blackness. Working in various modes and mediums, including painting, collage, video, and performance, the artist disrupts and reconsiders preconceived notions of history and culture.

Adam Pendleton presents a large collage that features the phrase “WHO IS QUEEN.” The text, its lettering irregularly wrapped within the boundaries of the frame, has been inscribed and composited multiple times, using various methods and inversions. Spray paint and brushwork form textured fields of marks and drips that shadow, envelop, and overlap the language.

His work is held in public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa; and Tate Modern, London.