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Meet the 2019 Biennial Artist: Jeffrey Gibson

In the lead-up to the Whitney Biennial 2019, we visited five artists in their studios to learn more about their work. The first episode of the series features Jeffrey Gibson in his studio in Hudson, New York. Gibson discusses the inspiration for his sculptures—garments and a flag that greets visitors over the ticket desk. The materials he uses are laden with personal and cultural significance: beadwork, fabric, and fringe all add physical and symbolic weight to his works. Gibson draws on the power of multilayered signifiers to refuse the oversimplification of personal identity.