Historical Fiction: New Work by Kyle Ragsdale 

Harrison Center for the Arts

Kyle Ragsdale is so prolific that even the large Harrison Gallery can't contain all of his new work. Hanging just outside the gallery entrance is "It's High Time," an oil painting that reflects on the fact that it took more than 50 years for Disney to release an animated feature starring an African American princess (the forthcoming The Princess and the Frog). On this canvas, two young black women in neo-Victorian garb - almost mirror images of each other - reach their arms up towards a crown on a canvas on which the wildly abstract background bleeds into the foreground. But the standout painting in this show is, at least in terms of size, the 28 inch by 20 foot "The Standard Bearer Passes." What starts as a funeral, as your eye travels from left to right on this canvas, transforms into a celebration. As in so much of this new work, the Victorian garb of Ragsdale's subjects contrasts with a very contemporary sensibility. Through Nov. 30; 317-396-3886, www.harrisoncenter.org.

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