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Maker(s):McGill, Charles
Culture:American (1964-2017)
Title:Black Again
Date Made:2013
Materials:Deconstructed golf bags on panel
Place Made:North America; United States
Measurements:Overall: 24 in x 24 in x 5 1/2 in; 61 cm x 61 cm x 14 cm
Accession Number:  MH 2019.42.12
Credit Line:Gift of Pavel Zoubok
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Black leather golf bags cut and reassembled onto a square panel surface. Many of the original seams contain yellow and gold detailing, and several buckles, zippers, and tags have been incorporated.

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Classically trained as a painter, Charles McGill’s practice evolved to making sculpture using found objects, centering the game of golf as a symbolic framework for critiquing U.S. race, class, and gender politics. Best known for his deconstructed golf bag compositions, the bags in Black Again have been sewn onto a canvas stretcher, and their arrangement references early abstract painting styles. In similar works, McGill experiments with forms resembling Ku Klux Klan hoods, and in others, golf bags are arranged to represent perpetrators of violence and their victims.

The abstract composition of Black Again invites close reading while remaining elusive. If the work is embedded with an allusion to American racism, McGill has strategically maintained its subtlety, leaving space for other complex associations. For example, many critics have made connections between the intertwined straps, studded bases, and metal buckles of McGill’s leather golf bags and the fetishistic bondage of S&M. (SSW)

abstract; activists; African American; allegory; civil rights; conceptual art; diaspora; games; politics; prejudices; protests; race; recreation; sex; sexuality; social commentary; sports; collages

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