Shinique Smith’s Bright Matter

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When I moved back to Boston after many years away, I lived in the Leather District, close to South Station. It was such an interesting neighborhood – at the cross-section of downtown, the waterfront, Fort Point, and the financial district, it was an amazing spot from which to get to know Boston again. Dewey Square was just a few blocks away, and at times it felt like my backyard. Such a perfect place to meet friends for lunch, pop by the twice-weekly farmers’ market, and just hang out with a book. The rotating murals in Dewey Square add so much to the area, and so I was excited to see the latest edition, “Seven Moon Junction.”

The mural is designed by Boston-educated artist Shinique Smith.  I absolutely love the vibrant colors! The MFA has brought together 30 key works for their exhibition “Shinique Smith: BRIGHT MATTER,” on view through March 1. (A video from the artist here.) I can’t wait to see it. Here are a few of the images from the exhibition.

Splendid, Shinique Smith, 2014 Ink, acrylic, fabric and collage, ribbon, rope and yam on wood panel, Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai Image credit: Shinique Smith, © Shinique Smith, Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Splendid, Shinique Smith, 2014
Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Image credit: Shinique Smith, © Shinique Smith, Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Majesty, Shinique Smith, 2012 Ink and acrylic on canvas over panel (diptych) The Pamela Joyner & Alfred Giuffrida Collection Image credit: Courtesy the artist, © Shinique Smith, Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Majesty, Shinique Smith, 2012
The Pamela Joyner & Alfred Giuffrida Collection
Image credit: Courtesy the artist, © Shinique Smith, Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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