Robert Pruitt’s installations and sculptures deconstruct culturally charged material to explore the traditions that give them power. His works appropriate and transform disparate objects, such as Norman Rockwell prints, crack vials, and hair extensions, to raise questions about representations of African-American identity. Highlighting, and perhaps bridging, the gap between dissimilar realms, Pruitt draws upon black popular culture as he employs strategies of conceptual art and conventions of art history.
Robert Pruitt lives and works in Houston, TX, where he was born in 1975. He received his MFA from The University of Texas at Austin, TX, in 2003. He has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX (2006); Clementine, New York, NY (2006, 2004); and Project Row Houses, Houston, TX (2003). Group exhibitions showing his work include the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2006); Frequency, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2005); and Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX (2005).