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Reflections of Monk: Inspired images of Music and Moods III A Centennial Exhibition in Celebration of Thelonious Sphere Monk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 05, 2017

          From September 20 to November 18, 2017, the Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba is pleased to feature A Centennial Exhibition in Celebration of Thelonious Sphere MonkThe influence of the quintessential jazz pianist/composer continues to inspire contemporary artists, just as his work paralleled the emergence of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s and 1960s.

The exhibition, Reflections of Monk: inspired Images of Music and Moods III, organized by Thelonious Monk Family and Friends, displays artworks by forty-two exceptional artists whose artwork has been prominent on the contemporary art scene along with others who are brilliant, emerging talents. Curated by Ed Sherman, the exhibit includes paintings, mixed media, photographs, fiber art, and installation art, encompassing a wide range of styles and artistic viewpoints that reflect the diverse dimensions of Monk, the man, and the celestial sphere of his music.

Some of the artworks are stylized images of Monk and range from traditional realistic studies to complex mixtures of wit and symbolism in various mediums. Ed Sherman says, " All of the exhibiting artists and participants have been inspired by Thelonoius Monk's music and in some way influenced by his commitment to his art and his cultural roots. Monk's legendary place in his People. This exhibition is a declaration of respect for Monk, the man, and his creative genius.

          The exhibiting artists are: Romare Bearden, Hugh Bell, John Brathwaite, Kwame Brathewaite, Brian Broadway, Fred Brown, Lennox Commissiong, Minerva Diaz, John Edmonds, Laura R. Gadson, Willhelmina Obatala Grant, Myrah Brown Green, Jimmy James Greene, Dick Griffin, Al Hicks, Robin Holder, Al Johnson, Charlotte Ka, Norman Lewis, Dindga McCannon, Steve Mayo, Karl McIntosh, Tomo Mori, Otto Neals, Donovan Nelson, Ademola Olugebefola, Joe Overstreet, Ronald Pyatt, Miles Regis, Errol M. Reynolds, Gina Samson, Nelson Stevens, Chuck Stewart, Harold Smith, Ann Tanksley, Gene Tinnie, Ronald Walton, Emmett Wigglesworth, Armon Williams, Bryan Wilson, Tracy Winston and Deborah Singletary/Wright.



Kenkeleba programs are made possible, in part, by public funds from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and many generous friends.

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Corrine Jennings