Series. Flash of the Spirit; AKA Daddy; Ektachrome Archives; 2017 Whitney Biennial; 2016 Bienal de São Paulo; Appunti per l’Afro-Barocco; Ektachrome Archive
In 2009 a monograph of the complete series, titled “Excessive Exposure,” was published …
Born: February 6, 1965 (age 53), Bronx, New York
Courtesy Salon 94 and Lyle Ashton Harris Lyle Ashton Harris at Salon 94 Bowery. The conclusion is that Harris decided to produce these series in order to question and presumably deconstruct his own position as an artist managing different roles – as a performer, educator, son, brother, and friend, and a Black queer man of the diaspora in America.
Artist and CalArts alum Lyle Ashton Harris (Art MFA 90) returns to self-portraiture in Flash of the Spirit, the artist’s inaugural exhibition at Salon 94 Bowery in New York. Harris’ series of photographs, in which he poses in a collection of African masks, are described in The New Yorker as
Lyle Ashton Harris’s solo exhibition, “Flash of the Spirit,” at Salon 94, features 12 medium- to large-scale, Fanonian self-portraits. In the images, the artist, in the nude wearing various
Lyle Ashton Harris (born in the Bronx, New York, 1965 and raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and New York) received his BA from Wesleyan University, his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Studies Program.
A photo of him standing tall on green grass against a black sky, beneath a waning white moon, is titled “Ashé,” a Yoruba word that summons the hope of Harris’s art—it means “the power
Lyle Ashton Harris’ signature deep black furiously exposed cocoa coated large format polaroids are like profusions of light caught in an abyss. His subjects peer into voids like ghosts and I am left haunted, questioning the fascinating combination of formal portraiture and strange, photosensitive exploration.
“Lyle Ashton Harris photographs the 2014 Last Address Tribute Walk,” Visual-AIDS, August 21, 2015. “Bomb Specific by Lyle Ashton Harris,” Bomb Magazine, June, 2015. Patel, Alpesh.
Lyle Ashton Harris The title references the great art historian Robert Farris Thompson and his book of the same name, first published in 1983. I was introduced to this book while at Wesleyan University taking a history of African American music course with the legendary musicologist Bill Lowe.
1 day ago · Lyle Ashton Harris has channeled many memorable personas over the course of his thirty year practice. Whether in his startling photo-performances from the 1980s in whiteface, his self-transformation into likenesses of female members of his family, or his charismatic impersonation of Billie Holiday, his gender-fluidity has been abetted by his own lush physicality and demeanor.
Dec 13, 2018 · Lyle Ashton Harris in “Afropunk Odalisque” (2018), on view in his show at Salon 94 Bowery. Credit Lyle Ashton Harris and Salon 94 Lyle Ashton Harris’s new body of …