Carrie Mae Weems has long been an inspirational African-American artist and photographer with an intimidating resume of 50 exhibitions, nationally and internationally, as well as a budding retrospective at the respected Guggenheim Museum.
Not only has Weems dedicated her life to art, she’s also an inner-city youth advocate and a gun violence advocate. But its Weems’ being awarded the ‘genius grant’ from the MacArthur Foundation that has earned her a permanent place in the art world’s history books.
According to an interview with ARTnews, Weems was caught off guard by the recent win and exclaimed
“It was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever heard.” (ARTNEWS)
But her nomination and win should come as no surprise as Carrie Mae has been creating works worthy of a MacArthur for many years. Focusing on issues of race, class, gender and reflecting upon the ‘status and place of Afro-Americans in our country’, Weems’ installations, videos and photographs invite the viewer to restructure what is known and challenges beliefs of black culture, stereotypes and issues in a carefully crafted, original and intelligent way.
Along with the fame and recognition, Weems is also expected to receive $625,000, every year, for the next five years, as incentive for winning the MacArthur award. When asked about what she’ll do with the very generous prize Weems’ announced
“I’ll buy a new dress and a new pair of shoes for sure...But everything will go back into my work because that’s what I do. It will go to the projects I care about.” (ARTNEWS)
Carrie Mae Weems’ retrospective at the Guggenheim is scheduled for viewing in January 2014.
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