Sanford Biggers, Ventriloquy (Self-Portrait), 2024. Marble, 29-1/4 × 11 × 12 inches

Sanford Biggers

Martian Chronicles

15 March – 14 April, 2024

Opening reception, Friday, 15 March, 6–8 pm

Exhibition catalogue in production

Sanford Biggers, Ventriloquy (Self-Portrait), 2024
Marble, 29-1/4 × 11 × 12 in.

Michael Hilsman

Man With Blue Blanket

15 March – 14 April, 2024

Opening reception, Friday, 15 March, 6–8 pm

Michael Hilsman, Man On Bed With Skillet, 2023
Oil on linen, 88 × 58 inches
© Michael Hilsman/Photo: Joshua White

Michael Hilsman, Man On Bed With Skillet, 2023. Oil on linen, 88 × 58 inches. © Michael Hilsman/Photo: Joshua White

Press release

The Baldwin Gallery is proud to announce its third show with Sanford Biggers, Martian Chronicles, featuring contemporary sculpture and quilts by the artist. The show is accompanied by the gallery’s first show with artist Michael Hilsman, Man With Blue Blanket.

The contemporary marbles and quilt-works explore the themes of dubious histories in the development of sculpture and textile. They also shed light on their use as complex historical narratives. The works question the origin of formal qualities and their authenticity.

Sanford Biggers’ work is an interplay of narrative, perspective, and history that speaks to current happenings while examining the contexts that bore them. His diverse practice positions him as a collaborator with the past through explorations of often-overlooked aesthetic, cultural, historical, and political narratives. Biggers describes his process as “conceptual patchworking,” a method of transposing, combining, and juxtaposing ideas, forms, and genres that challenge traditional historiography, provenance, and official narratives to create artworks foreshadowing human trajectory.

Biggers’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and institutions, including Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Centre of Pompidou Metz, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Whitney Museum of American Art, California African American Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, and the Bronx Museum of Art. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.

Michael Hilsman’s work expands on formats of classical painting, portraiture and still life. His method creates a fluctuation between naturalism and expressionism. His paintings hint at the artistic exploration of the latent spirituality of things, and the relationship between the physical and metaphysical.

Hilsman lives and works in Pasadena, CA. He received his MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College, New York. He has held solo exhibitions at White Cube, London, Galerie Sebastien Bertrand, Geneva, and Almine Rech, New York, Paris, and Shanghai. Select group exhibitions include Alexander Berggruen, New York, and Albertz Benda, New York among others.

Images are available upon request. Please call 970.920.9797 for further information.