Art Talks | Quincy Troupe & Leonardo Drew

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Art Talks | Quincy Troupe & Leonardo Drew

Quincy Troupe is the author of 21 books and 11 volumes of poetry. His book of poems, The Architecture of Language (Coffee House Press, 2006) was a recipient of the 2007 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He received the 2003 Milt Kessler Poetry Award for Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2002) selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best books of poetry published in the United States in 2002. He is also the recipient of three American Book Awards. His most recent books of poems are Errançities (Coffee House Press, 2012), Ghost Voices and Seduction (TriQuarterly/Northwestern University, 2018) He is the author of Miles: The Autobiography, Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe (1990); miles and me (2018); the co-author of The Pursuit of Happyness with Chris Gardner (2006); and the editor of James Baldwin: The Legacy (Simon & Shuster, 1989). He is the editor of Black Renaissance Noire, published at The Institute of African-American Affairs at New York University, and he lives with his wife, Margaret, in Harlem, New York.

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Art Talks | Quincy Troupe & Leonardo Drew

Leonardo Drew is a New York-based artist known for his unique manipulation of natural materials and creation of additive sculptures and installations. While his treatment of materials—which often includes techniques like burning, oxidizing, and weathering—evokes found objects, Drew chooses to work with new materials that provide him with complete control of his material choices and compositional form. Celebrating the materiality and symbolic resonances of his chosen media, Drew creates work addressing both formal and social concerns.

Recent solo museum exhibitions include shows at de Young Museum, San Francisco (2017); SCAD Museum of Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design (2013); Beeler Gallery at the Columbus College of Art & Design (2013); Palazzo Delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena (2006); Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2001); and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2000). Drew’s mid-career survey, Existed, premiered at the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston in 2009. The exhibition went on to the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, and the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.

Drew’s work is included in numerous public and private collections. Public collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville; and Tate, London. He has collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and has participated in artist residencies at ArtPace, San Antonio and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Drew was born in 1961 in Tallahassee, FL, and grew up in Bridgeport, CT. His talent and passion for art was recognized at an early age, and he first exhibited his work at the age of 13. He attended the Parsons School of Design and received his BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1985. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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