Bisa Butler Art inquiries @claireolivergallery [email protected] [email protected]
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I’ve had “be featured in the @nytimes “ on my wish list for the last 10 years and this year it finally happened!
thank you ted loos @looslips for the interview and fantastic article, thank you @gioncarlovalentine for the beautiful photos♥️
thank to my phenomenal gallerist @claireolivergallery ,congratulations to my sister artist @barbaraearlthomas 🌹
thank you to @sarahbrownsarah 🌺
thank you to the team @artinstitutechi @connoisseurofcomfort , @ehubbs37 , @melindalwatt ,kati murphy, amy tsegai
390 8,186 21 hours ago
If now isn't a good time for the truth i don't see when we'll get to it.
nikki giovanni

i’m proud to see nigerians stand up against police brutality, extortion, harassment and murder. i stand with my nigerian brothers and sisters. 🇳🇬🇬🇭🇺🇸

#endsars #endsarsbrutality #breonnataylor #breonnataylorwasmurdered #vote #nikkigiovanni #blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter

dahomey amazon, 2020
cotton, silk, tulle and velvet
quilted and appliquéd
private collection

the dahomey amazon’s were an all female regiment of warriors from the kingdom of dahomey ( modern day benin) that lasted until 1904. westerners called them amazons because of their similarities to the mythical warriors. they were called the mino or “ our mothers”.

#bisabutler #contemporaryart #quilt #fiberart #textileart
334 15,421 4 days ago
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
maya angelou (1928-2014)

my exhibit @katonahmuseum is over but the show must go on! the virtual tour of my exhibit is open, just click the link in my bio.
thank you to my extremely talented and dedicated friend @pchinneryphoto for creating this experience.
thanks @katonahmuseum director michael gitlitz and the entire staff for putting on a world class exhibit. thank you @michelewije for curating my work and making me see it with a new vision!

#vote #blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #endsars #breonnataylor #mayaangelou #digableplanets
*music by @planetsdigable
@ladybugmecca thank you for making music that moves the soul ♥️
52 988 1 weeks ago
Thank you to @cara_sabin and the whole team @sheamoisture for choosing me to be a part of your incredible #itcomesnaturally campaign! congratulations to my fellow black women artists @alexis.eke @monicaahanonu @indoorcatgirl @ellemawala and @reynanoriega_
thanks to camille blanchard @cami_blanchard ( my #howarduniversity sister) @itscaralene and the joy collective @wearejoycollective for all of your hard work.
*link in my bio for the full campaign
my artwork asantewa ( entirely made of stitched fabric, no paint!) was animated for this commercial.
a vintage photo of an african woman from the 1890’s was my source for this image. the woman wasn’t identified by name and was effectively lost to history. it’s incredible for me to see her open her eyes after all this time♥️

asantewa, 2020
cotton, silk, wool and velvet
quilted and appliquéd
52” x 88”
private collection

photo of asantewa by @claireolivergallery
466 7,474 2 weeks ago
A look back at my exhibit @katonahmuseum ! the show ended on sunday and i want to send a huge thank you to the museum director, michael gitlitz, curator @michelewije , the amazing staff, and docents for hosting the most incredible exhibit. the show was more than i could have wished for in every aspect and i am so thankful to have been given this opportunity.

thank you to my gallerist @claireolivergallery for everything you did to make this a reality 🌹

thank you to everyone who made the trip out, posted or even visited virtually for all of the amazing support, you cannot know what this has meant to me.🙏🏾

the next leg of this tour will open @artinstitutechi november 16th

video by

#bisabutler #katonahmuseumofart #claireolivergallery
336 5,253 3 weeks ago
Our crown has already been bought and paid for. all we have to do is wear it.
james baldwin 1924-1987

my latest artwork is finished!
after 7 months of work, introducing...
the warmth of other sons; a dedication to the african american families who left the south for more opportunities in the north during the great migration (1916-1970). they left their land, lifestyle and everything they knew in search of a better life. they sacrificed so that we could have more. my own family left new orleans in the 1930’s and while we are still striving i am grateful for those who came before us. we have no choice but to soldier on.

#vote #jamesbaldwin
#blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #justiceforbreonnataylor #breonnataylor #ahmaudarbery #georgefloyd #jacobblake #tonymcdade #elijahmcclain #trayvonmartin #atatianajefferson

*there is zero paint on this artwork, it is all fabric *
cotton, silk, wool and velvet
quilted and appliquéd
9ft x 11.5ft

this artwork has been acquired by @newarkmuseumart and will debut at my solo exhibit at the art institute of chicago november 16th- april 18th @artinstitutechi

#bisabutler #claireolivergallery #artinstitutechicago #newarkmuseum

photo by @nyartfarmer
899 14,842 3 weeks ago
i’m thankful for the interview and feature in the collaboration issue of by @katydonoghuehw . i’m thrilled to be in the incredible company of @bygracelynne @delphinediallo @kerbito @toyinojihodutola @adriancheng @alexandrearnault @danielarsham @virgilabloh and the great futura 2000

my photo was shot by @johnnyjbutler_ , thank you for making me look good!🌺

#vote *link is in my bio
103 4,445 3 weeks ago
Thank you @artnet and katie white for the terrific interview and feature and for giving me a platform to talk about how i get by in my studio♥️

photo by @birdiephoto , fashion by @marcohall


bisabutler #artnet #claireolivergallery *link is in my bio
108 4,689 3 weeks ago
I will not have my life narrowed down. i will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance.
bell hooks

breonna taylor did not get justice. no one has been charged with any crime related to her m****r except for damage done to the neighbors apartment. this cold blooded m****r will not be excused, and we will not stop fighting for #breonnataylor .the fight isn’t over.

#justiceforbreonnataylor #ninasimone #blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #justicefortonymcdade #justiceforelijahmcclain #justiceforahmaud #justiceforsandrabland

a detail from the warmth of other sons ( one figure out of 7)
*there is zero paint on this artwork
cotton, silk, wool and, velvet
quilted and appliquéd

#bisabutler #claireolivergallery
77 5,999 4 weeks ago
The artist's role is to raise the consciousness of the people. to make them understand life, the world and themselves more completely. that's how i see it. otherwise, i don't know why you do it.
amiri baraka 1934-2014

i’m following the advice of mr. baraka and i’m going to be speaking at the smithsonian american art museum and the renwick gallery at their clarice smith distinguished lecture series november 20th from 6:30-7:30 est.
this event is free! i’ll be speaking about my influences, techniques, and discussing my latest artworks in my studio.register by clicking the link in my bio.

a detail of the warmth of other sons ( one figure out of a 7 family member portrait)
*there is zero paint on this artwork, it is all fabric
cotton, silk, wool and velvet
quilted and appliquéd
11’ x 9’
this artwork will debut at my solo exhibit @artinstitutechi november 16th!

#bisabutler #amiribaraka #smithsonianamericanartmuseum #renwickgallery #claireolivergallery #blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #justiceforbreonnataylor #breonnataylor #justiceforjacobblake #justiceforelijahmcclain #justicefortonymcdade #justiceforahmaud
384 13,434 5 weeks ago
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
barack obama

are you registered to vote? this election has never felt more important to me then right now. our country stands on the precipice of falling back to the jim crow era- if we let it. this election will answer the question definitively if the united states will allow an innocent black woman to be shot and killed in her bed while she sleeps is acceptable or not. will we support an openly racist and sexist president- or will we say no!

i for one support @joebiden and @kamalaharris . do your part and vote.
*link in my bio

#vote #whenweallvote #bidenharris2020 #justiceforbreonnataylor #justiceforahmaud #justiceforjacob #justiceforriahmilton #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter

the warmth of other sons, 2020
one of a family of 7
*there is zero paint on this artwork
11’ x 9’
soon to be quilted and appliquéd
this artwork will debut @artinstitutechi november 16th

my artwork is still on view @katonahmuseum until october 4th, catch it while you can!

#bisabutler #claireolivergallery #quilt
#textileart #museumart
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Thank you @epricco for interviewing me on the latest episode of radio juxtapoz dropping today! you can listen in ,and order a copy of the latest issue of @juxtapozmag ( link is in my bio).
my art is not only on the cover, but i was featured in a 10 page article by @jewelsthegem and shot by @bolugbadebo
#juxtapoz #bisabutler #claireolivergallery #radiojuxtapoz
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