Docents formed study groups to exchange research and touring strategies. Because many of the individuals represented in Jordan’s paintings live in Denver and might be recognized, care was taken to preserve their privacy. This didn’t always work as evidenced by a docent reporting that she heard an 8-year-old boy say, “There’s my barber!” when he came upon the painting of Marcus and Jace.
Jordan Casteel, Marcus and Jace, 2015. Oil on canvas; 72 x 54 in. © Jordan Casteel.
Adam Green Art Advisory on behalf of a private collection. Image courtesy of Sargent's Daughters, New York.
Jordan Casteel, 30 years old, born and raised in Denver, Colorado, received her first solo museum show at the Denver Art Museum. While not studying studio art until her junior year at Agnes Scott College, Jordan rapidly developed her characteristic style which was further honed during her time as a graduate student at the Yale School of Art. This was quickly followed by her first gallery show in New York and a one-year artist-in-residency at the Studio Museum of Harlem.
Jordan has received much notice in the past year. She was profiled in February’s Vogue Magazine, and mentioned in New York Times articles and other publications – both print and online. Her very human portraits fit in with current African-American artists’ emphasis on portraiture. Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherrald, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Mickalene Thomas, among others, are painting in this genre.
Jordan Casteel, Charles, 2016. Oil on canvas; 78 x 60 in. Collection of Jordan Casteel.
Image courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York © Jordan Casteel.
If you are traveling this summer, plan to stop in Denver to see this interesting and provocative show. It continues until August 18, 2019 when it will be moving to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University CA.