The Life and Death of #1 and WHO is a two-part exhibition. The Life and Death of #1 has been organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. WHO has been organizedby the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.The Houston organization of the exhibition and its accompanying publication are made possible by Philip Morris Companies, Inc. and contributors to the Museum's Perspectives Fund: Toni and Jeffrey Beauchamp, Andrew S. and Lea W.Fastow, the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, the Estate of Mary Lynch Kurtz, Marley Lott, William F. Stern, Rob and Laura Walls, and Herbert Wells. The catalogue has been supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc.
The Life and Death of #1 and WHO
This two-part exhibition constitutes the first solo museum survey of the work of emerging artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. Raised in Paris, Texas, Hancock was the youngest artist to be includedin the Whitney Museum American Arts prestigious 2000 Biennial exhibition. His paintings,drawings, assemblages and performances are woven together to create a strange autobiographical saga that explores his identity as an artist and an African American male. The Life and Death of #1 traces the evolution of Hancock's alter ego Mound #1, from an abstract form to a fully-defined character in his ongoing saga. Loid, Painter and Torpedo Boy, three other alter egos in the artists personal mythology, intervene as the forces of good and evil come to blows over Mound #1. WHO showcases a large-scale wall drawing that takes the form of a chart, or family tree, in which the artist attempts to chronicle his history in a comprehensive way. The wall drawing is accompanied by a story written by the artist and a number of sculptural objects. Following its showing in Fort Worth, The Life and Death of #1 will be on view at the Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, February through March 10, 2002. Hancock has received numerous awards, including a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York and the Camille Hanks Cosby Fellowship for African American Artists from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He was one of the youngest artists featured in the prestigious 2000 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and is the only Texan artist to be included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the largest since 1981.Hancock is currently a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He is represented locally by Dunn and Brown Contemporary in Dallas.
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