“My work is partially my story, but it is everybody else’s story also, all in one. From Thibodaux to New York to California.” —Jammie Holmes, Marianne Boesky Gallery video for What We Talking About exhibition, 2022
Jammie Holmes, an artist born in Thibodaux, Louisiana and currently living in Dallas, shares ideas and convictions found in his poignant paintings of personal and observed occurrences, as well as providing insight into the development of his burgeoning artistic practice. This special Tuesday Evenings presentation is in conjunction with Jammie Holmes: Make the Revolution Irresistible, curated by Maria Elena Ortiz, curator at the Modern, who aptly asserts, “Holmes creates captivating paintings that show the visual and conceptual significance of the Black figure . . .” and goes on to note, “Rooted in the lived experiences of Black communities in the United States, Holmes is part of a continuum of painters that explore the human figure in current social and political conditions.”
Jammie Holmes garnered national attention in 2020 for a public artwork in which he hired planes in Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York to display banners with the last words of George Floyd, killed by police days before in Minneapolis. His work has been exhibited at institutions including Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Dallas Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Nassima Landau Foundation, Tel Aviv, Israel; and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. His work is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Nassima Landau Foundation, Tel Aviv; Pérez Museum of Art Miami; and Xiao Museum of Contemporary Art, Rizhao, China.