Congratulations to Naudline Pierre for her inclusion in the Studio Museum in Harlem's Artist in Residence Program.
"The alumni list of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s artist-in-residence program reads like a who’s who of the contemporary black canon, with stars like David Hammons, Kerry James Marshall, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Simone Leigh and nearly 130 other artists who since 1969 have helped set the tone of black and diasporic art in the United States.
Typically selected in early career, in annual cohorts of three from a highly competitive field, the artists form a powerful network that bolsters the influence of the Uptown institution. [...]
The third artist is the painter Naudline Pierre, 30, based in Brooklyn, whose mystical style draws on medieval and Renaissance religious art, William Blake-style esoterica and Caribbean influences. The daughter of a Haitian evangelical pastor, Ms. Pierre, whose work drew attention at this year’s Armory show, represents herself in the center of her canvases, watched over or tugged between spiritual forces and mythic beings.
Legacy Russell, the Studio Museum’s associate curator of exhibitions who will work with the artists and organize a joint show for them next year, said the cohort reflects “futurity” in black art, the constant search for what’s next. “It’s about creating new definitions for what a black artist can be, and what that looks like,” she said."
—Siddhartha Mitter, The New York Times