American, 1925 — 2009
Inspired by Pop Art and comics, Robert Colescott's dense, colourful neo-expressionist paintings attest to his deep interest in politics and contemporary history. Playing with stereotypes, his works offer a critical reading of American society and ironically denounce its omnipresent racism and sexism.
In the 1970s Colescott became famous for his reinterpretations of major Western art works by Van Eyck, Goya, Cézanne, Manet and Picasso. They incorporate critical social commentary by replacing exclusively white subjects with men and women of colour. Colescott's highly biographical and satirical works are now in the collections of major American museums.
His work is being shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection at the “Untitled, 2020” exhibition at the Punta della Dogana in Venice (2020).