Beverly Buchanan’s drawings and sculptures celebrate the rural architecture of poverty she knew while growing up in the American South.
Reminiscent of sharecropper shacks, her structures challenge our ideas of hopelessness. Instead they salute integrity, resilience and resourcefulness. Buchanan’s “shacks” represent many kinds of domestic architecture, either occupied or abandoned.
As a talented storyteller, her work evokes the human stories behind the architecture she depicts, creating richly expressive works of art that symbolize the power of community.
Trained as a medical technician and health educator, Buchanan was accepted to medical school in the early ‘70s yet chose to become a fulltime artist. Since then she has received the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in sculpture, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art.
Her work is included in numerous prominent private, corporate and museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC; the Tubman African American Museum, Macon, GA; and the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA.
Buchanan now lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This exhibition, her premiere showing at Barbara Archer Gallery, is Buchanan’s first exhibition in Atlanta in over a decade.
Barbara Archer Gallery
280 Elizabeth St NE # A012
Atlanta, GA 30307