Circulars art

Year: 2016

Medium: Monoprint with screenprint on fabric colléd to paper

Size: 42 x 35 in.

Purchased with funds provided by the Council of 101. © Chakaia Booker. Photo courtesy of Flying Horse Editions, Orlando.

Untitled #2

Chakaia Booker (b.1953)

Part of the New Acquisitions

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About Chakaia Booker

Best known for her large sculptural works made from discarded tires which are cut, looped, layered and reassembled, Chakaia Booker’s prints explore similar ideas of recombination and transformation through analogous printmaking processes. Just as Booker cuts and recombines materials in her sculptures, her prints are created by tearing, layering and recomposing paper and fabric into dynamic new forms.

This large scale work is a monoprint that combines silkscreen on paper with layers of fabric applied to the surface. Booker used several types of fabric which she also silkscreened before cutting and placing them in the composition. When run through the press in a process called chine collé, the fabrics become somewhat transparent allowing the multiple layers of drawing to be seen. The resulting effect is a richly varied collage like surface.

Chakaia Booker received a B.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University (1976) and a MFA from the City College of New York (1993). She was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 2000, awarded the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2002 and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. Booker’s work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Select solo exhibitions include The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Queens Museum of Art, Katonah Museum of Art and Storm King Arts Center. She has been included in group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Art and Design, Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, among others. Her work is the collections of the following selected institutions: the Bronx Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Newark Museum and The Snite Museum of Art. Booker lives in New York City and her studio is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is represented by Marlborough Gallery in New York. You can find more of Chakaia Booker’s work at