Accola Griefen Fine Art, Brooklyn
“In her objects themselves, Stout has embedded the magic of art — a bewitching artifice — which is to say that her paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs are so carefully constructed and so authentically felt they conjure and sustain their own reality.”
– Jillian Steinhauer, Hyperallergic
Renée Stout’s work addresses the spiritual roots of her African American heritage and African Diaspora culture. Stout draws upon everyday life in her DC neighborhood and current events to create works that often combine highly detailed virtuoso trompe-l’oeil effects and rich layers of paint combined with sculptural elements, both found and constructed in materials including glass, wood, metal, fur and other natural fibers. Stout is also the first American artist to exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art.
In 1992 to she was included in the ground-breaking traveling museum exhibit, Black Art, Ancestral Legacy which was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. Her solo museum exhibition, Tales of a Conjure Woman, which originated at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art was accompanied by a major monograph and was named one of the top 10 exhibitions of 2015 by Hyperallergic. In 2016 her work in the exhibition RAGGA NYC,: All the threatened and Delicious Things Joining Into One Another at the New Museum was reviewed in The New Yorker and in Artnet. In 2018 Stout had a solo exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
Renée Stout received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1980 from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. Stout’s work can be found such important public collections as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Baltimore Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Saint Louis Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The National Museum of African American History & Culture, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The National Gallery of Art and The Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, Netherlands among numerous others. She is a recipient of prestigious awards including the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award, Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, David C. Driskell Prize, a Joan Mitchell Award, The Pollock Krasner Foundation Award, the Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.