Beverly Buchanan / Abandoned Saddlebag House / 2005
Beverly Buchanan
Abandoned Saddlebag House
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Oil pastel on paper
17 x 22 2/5 in (43.2 x 57.1 cm)

(1940–2015, lived and worked in New York and Georgia)

Beverly Buchanan’s sculpture, painting, photography, drawing, and performance serve as a document of and meditation on southern vernacular architecture. Born in North Carolina to a middle class African American family, Buchanan lived and worked in Georgia throughout her life, and depicted the simplistic beauty of its rural architectural landscape. Shacks, sheds, and other seemingly ramshackle frameworks took on deep social and cultural meaning for Buchanan, who depicted these structures throughout her career.

She studied with the African-American Abstract Expressionist painter Norman Lewis and Romare Bearden in New York in the early 1970s, and her expansive work was also deeply influenced by Land Art and Post-Minimalism. Buchanan sought to commemorate and celebrate her own memories of schools, churches, homes, farms, and their surroundings. Her presentation for Winterfest include oil pastel drawings of southern farmhouses. Buchanan was the subject of a solo exhibition Ruins and Rituals at the Brooklyn Museum (2016–17) and a group exhibition four corners of the landscape at Gaga & Reena Spaulings Los Angeles (2020).

The artist passed away in 2015, and her estate is represented by Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York.