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Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson: Representing the US at the
Venice Biennale 2024

US 1972-

In an historic move, Jeffrey Gibson is the first person of Native American heritage to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale 2024. He stands as a striking figure in the contemporary art world. As an artist of Choctaw and Cherokee descent, his vibrant tapestry of work weaves together the threads of identity, culture, and history into a visual celebration. Gibson's selection for the prestigious Venice Biennale art exhibition marks a significant milestone, not only for his career but for the wider recognition of indigenous voices in the global art narrative. 

 The Venice Biennale stands as a beacon of international artistic exchange, where the most innovative and thought-provoking works find their stage. Within this global context, Gibson's exhibition resonates with a unique frequency. His contributions embody a rich tapestry of cultural storytelling, asserting its presence amidst a diverse constellation of international artists. The reception of his work at the Biennale—both by audiences and critics—has been one of intrigue and admiration, recognizing the depth and vitality of his artistic language. Gibson's journey into the arts was as much a personal quest as it was an educational one. Raised in the United States, Germany, Korea, and England, his exposure to a myriad of cultures informed his artistic sensibilities. He attended The Art Institute of Chicago and the Royal College of Art in London, where he honed his craft. His Native American heritage serves as a cornerstone for his creative expression, inspiring a multi-disciplinary approach that merges traditional crafts like beadwork and basket weaving with dynamic modern artistry. His art is a dialogue between materials and meanings. Beads, hides, and found objects are not merely mediums; they are voices from the past, converging with contemporary tones. His work is a celebration of Native American visual languages, yet it converses fluently with Western art history.



inspired by the images and forms in the multi-cultural paintings and prints of Jeffrey Gibson, the class created vibrant mixed media works using a combination of materials: colored tissue , paint, markers and pens.


 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

© Serene Greene- Art Literacy Academy
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