Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch

Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch is the first survey of the artist’s quilt-based works. The exhibition is on view at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles until January 23, 2022. Biggers’s interest in quilts began with his research on the narrative of quilts functioning as signposts in the Underground Railroad. The nearly fifty works include mixed-media paintings and sculptures either made from or created on pre-1900 antique quilts. The exhibition title (and material of the works) references the historically and socially-determined and constructed aspect of language and meaning-making.

Bonsai  •  2016

Bonsai

Antique quilt, assorted textiles, spray paint, oil stick, tar
69 x 93 inches

2016  •  © Sanford Biggers and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen. Photo: Object Studies

The Talk  •  2016

The Talk

Antique quilt, fabric, tar, glitter
80 x 84 inches

2016  •  © Sanford Biggers and Massimo De Carlo. Photo: Todd White Art Photograph

Chorus for Paul Mooney  •  2017

Chorus for Paul Mooney

Antique quilt, assorted textiles, acrylic, spray paint
76 x 76 inches

2017  •  © Sanford Biggers and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen

Installation view of Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch  •  2021

Installation view of Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch

2021  •  © Sanford Biggers and Massimo De Carlo. Photo: Todd White Art Photograph