Contributors: Lowery Stokes Sims, Franklin Sirmans
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McArthur Binion: Re:Mine, the first monograph to concentrate on Binion’s work, features full-colour reproductions—including Binion’s recent DNA paintings, which incorporate birth certificates and phone books as personal effects, employed as autobiographical, collaged elements. The book also comprises interviews with the artist by Franklin Sirmans and an essay by Lowery Stokes Sims.
Over his 40-year career, artist McArthur Binion has developed a unique visual language through the fusion of minimalism and personal narratives. Born in 1946 in Macon, Mississippi, Binion became the first African American to graduate from the Cranbrook Academy of Art with a Master of Fine Arts. Influenced equally by music, storytelling and individual history, Binion has described his approach to painting from the position of a “rural Modernist” and one through which he “bridges the lyricism of colour with a Black rural sensibility”. Binion’s paintings, predominantly composed of oil paint stick and paper on board, form the nexus of place and history, from Binion’s childhood in the South to his time in New York in the early 1970s and his current home of Chicago.