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The James Baldwin Series, an exhibition featuring a collection of montage digital prints and candid photographic prints by Ted Pontiflet, photographer and visual artist. The series will be on view at the Joyce Gordon Gallery from August 7 – Aug 31, 2009. The opening reception will be on August 7, Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will also be an artist talk on August 23, Sunday from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

The critically acclaimed exhibition mixes Pontiflet’s unique artistry, marked by splashes of color and snapshots of life and informed by his belief in metempsychosis, with Baldwin’s signature image as a political, social, and literary giant of our time (the prints in the series juxtapose Baldwin with various Harlem scenes). Reviews as “extraordinary”, the collection has also been exhibited at the Schomburg Center for Reasarch in Black Culture’ Latimer/ Edison Gallery in New York, and the Steingart Gallery in Oakland California.

James Baldwin was born in Harlem and educated in New York City schools. His novels and essays reverberate with honesty, moral urgency and racial pride in the history of black Americans. Baldwin had become, in the words of Kenneth Clark, “a delicately tuned instrument of pure communication [using his skill and talents to revive] the conscience of America.”

In The Spirit of James – “The James Baldwin Series”

Photographs & Paintings

Ted Pontiflet

August 7 – 31

Opening Reception Aug 7, FRIDAY 5:30 – 9:00p.m.

Artist Talk Aug 23rd, SUNDAY 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Main Gallery

Joyce Gordon Gallery

406 14th St. (12th St. Bart Exit) Oakland, CA 94612

510.465.8928

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