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B. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, 1950
D. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, 2010

Varnette Honeywood’s work can be seen in the current exhibition honoring the Eileen Harris Norton collection, on view at Art and Practice, Los Angeles, presented in collaboration with the Hammer Museum. Honeywood (1950-2010) presented a view of Black family life that can be described as a radical normalizing, celebrating the life of her community in neighborhoods often pathologized by the media. Her work utilizes saturated colors and simplified forms, and often emphasizes the silhouette or black profile. Honeywood’s work was popularized by its appearance on The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992; the paintings were prominently displayed in the rooms of the Huxtable home. She drew inspiration in her early work from the area around McComb, Mississippi, where her grandparents lived, and later, daily life in the neighborhoods around her in Los Angeles.

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