Discover McArthur Binion’s DNA series, which
forms a cornerstone of the artist’s critical investigations of abstraction and collage over the course his more than 40-year career.
McArthur Binion combines collage, drawing, and painting to create autobiographical abstractions. He paints minimalist grids and patterns over copies of his personal documents and photographs, from his birth certificate and images of his childhood home to pages from his hand written address books and original photographs of his hand. This book explores Binion’s DNA series and includes more than 80 of his paintings and works on paper as well as essays investigating this series through the lens of pattern, labor, and identity. From a distance, these complex, layered works appear to be monochromatic abstractions that have led many to consider Binion’s work alongside the great abstractionists of the mid-century. This book offers a more nuanced understanding of Binion’s social, political, and artistic place within the New York and Chicago art scenes.
DIANA NAWI is an independent curator based in Los Angeles and the Co-Artistic Director of Prospect.5, New Orleans. She is the author of Nari Ward: Sun Splashed and John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night (both by DelMonico Books•Prestel).