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portrait - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1914 — 2005
Country United States

Hawkins Bolden, half Creole and partially Native American, went blind at the age of 8 after a baseball accident. The small house he lived in in the city was stuck between a car wash and a high brick wall. In the shade of this wall, there was a small garden that Bolden loved and protected from external aggression with “scarecrows” that he made with found objects.

These sculptures were embedded in the ground and had faces made of car wheel covers, metal pots and metal plate ends. Each surface was pierced with holes and decorated with rubber hose ends and pieces of carpet.

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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1986
14.96 x 15.75 in
Sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
Sans titre, 1986
11.81 x 17.32 in
Sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
Sans titre, 1986
13.78 x 14.57 in
Sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
Sans titre, 1986
13.78 x 14.17 in
Sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
Sans titre, 1986
11.81 x 12.6 in
American Outsiders I the Black South / African-American vernacular art
American Outsiders I : the Black South - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Phillip March Jones
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition American Outsiders I : the Black South / African-American vernacular art, from june 19th to july 18th, 2009.
Co published with les éditions Le livre d’art, 2009.

Harry Irene
galerie Xavier Hufkens. From July 6 to September 10, 2023.
hawkins bolden, lonnie holley, et mary t. smith presented in the exhibition By Any Means Necessary at the blum & poe gallery
Curated by Lonnie Holley, Blum & Poe Los Angeles. From April 29 to June 10, 2023.
Exhibition souls grown deep like the rivers, black artists from the american south with Thornton Dial, Hawkins Bolden, Mary T. Smith, Mose Tolliver and Henry and Georgia Speller
royal academy of arts, london, united kingdom. From March 17 to June 18, 2023.
Inaugural Exhibition
Pre-Renovation Potluck, March, New-York. From May 15 to June 30, 2021.
A Different Mountain
selected works from the Arnett collection, marlborough gallery, London. From November 21, 2019 to January 18, 2020.
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The Museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. From June 17, 2017 to April 2, 2018.
american outsiders I
the black south, at the gallery. From June 19 to July 18, 2009.
harry irene, galerie xavier hufkens, brussels, belgium, july 6th - september 10th, 2023 - © christian berst — art brut
Press review
Expo d’été chez Xavier Hufkens une œuvre d’Hawkins Bolden
Xavier Ess, Rtbf. August 7, 2023.
American outsiders - The Black South
Télérama Sortir. July 15, 2009.
National Gallery of art
United States
Smithsonian Museum Of American Art
United States
High Museum of Art
United States
American Folk Art Museum
United States
Philadelphia Museum of Art
United States
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Ogden Museum of Southern Art
United States
Hawkins Bolden

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