Color Wheel is a series in which we identify a trending color in art, and post a daily image that illustrates its popularity. This week’s color is yellow.
This weekend the Guggenheim opened up a long overdue retrospective of Carrie Mae Weems’s photography and video. (Don’t give the Guggenheim a pat on the back just yet; the show was organized by the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, and the last time the Guggenheim independently organized a solo show by a female artist was in 2011.)
Still, the show’s a good introduction to the entirety of Weems’s work, from her early, documentary-style portraits to her more recent art-historical riffs. I tend to prefer her earlier work, so no surprise, one of my favorites is an oldie, a quadruple-triptych from the artist’s “Colored People” (1989 – 90) series. From the first tier “Magenta Colored Girl” down to the bottom row’s “Moody Blue Girl,” we’re offered a spectrum of color that asks why we used the term such an unspecific term in the first place.