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Nina Buxenbaum grew up

Nina Buxenbaum grew up in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA degree in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in Drawing and Printmaking. Her work has been included in several exhibitions including the Studio Museum of Harlem (NYC, NY), The Slater Museum (Norwich, CT), The Painting Center (NYC, NY), the Ingalls Gallery (Miami, FL), Rush Arts (NYC, NY), including a solo show at The Stella Jones Gallery (New Orleans, LA). She is currently represented by Galerie Myrtis (Baltimore, MD). Her work has been reviewed in the International Review of African American Art. She is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan, CT. She is an Associate Professor at York College, CUNY, in Jamaica, NY, and Coordinator of the Fine Arts Discipline in the Department of Performing and Fine Arts. She maintains and active studio practice in Brooklyn, NY and Bethel, CT. “I began my work as an exploration of images of African American women in our society. We judge a culture and a civilization by the images and art objects that they create. I have always focused on creating honest and personal depictions of women, particularly women of color, as a means to provide an alternative to the stereotypes prevalent in our culture. Nina Buxenbaum I use the “Topsy-Turvy doll” as a metaphor of black women and the way we learn to define ourselves. The doll, whose name is derived from the character of Topsy in the Harriet Beecher Stowe novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, is designed to look like a southern belle on one side, but her dress conceals a black girl underneath. These dueling images deal with some of the complexities of identity that go beyond race.” Cousins: Buxenbaum/Engst Oil on linen | 122 x 91 cm | 2017 Nina I. Buxenbaum | April 2018 www.ninabuxenbaum.com