Winfred Rembert (1945-2021) was raised by a great-aunt in Cuthbert, Georgia. He began working in the cotton fields at a young age and received limited education. The circumstances of his upbringing as a Black American in the Jim Crow South propelled Rembert into the fight for equality through the Civil Rights Movement. Winfred Rembert’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, AL; and the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY. Rembert’s work was highlighted in major exhibitions at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL in 2013; the Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, MI in 2013; the Citadelle Art Foundation, Canadian, Texas in 2012; the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY in 2012; the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC in 2012; the Adelson Galleries, New York in 2010, and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT in 2000.
Born in Americus, Georgia, USA
Died in New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Winfred Rembert: 1945-2021, Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY
Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert, The Muskegon Museum of Arts, Muskegon, MI.
Winfred Rembert: An Artful Response, Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury, VT
Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace, New Haven Museum, New Haven, CT
Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL.
Winfred Rembert, Tillou Fine Art, New York, NY.
Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, Greenville County Museum of Art, SC, and The Citadelle Art Foundation, Canadian, TX
Winfred Rembert: Memories of My Youth, Adelson Galleries, NY
York Square Cinema, CT
Upcoming: Mirror Mirror,22 London, Asheville, NC
Landscape Art & Virtual Travel: Highlights from the Collections of the HRM & Art Bridges, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Protest and Promise: Selections from the Contemporary Art Collection 1963-2019,Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Collection Spotlight: Derrick Adams Selects, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Fall Exhibition: Five Artists, Jacob Collins, Federico Uribe, Winfred Rembert, Andrew Stevovich, Jamie Wyeth, Adelson Galleries, NY
Willie Birch and Winfred Rembert (African American Series Exhibition 1), Kresge Gallery, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ
Southern Exposure: Works by Winfred Rembert and Hale Woodruff, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
GRANTS, AWARDS, AND HONORS
Honored by Equal Justice Initiative
United States Artists Barr Fellowship
“Winfred Rembert Day” declared in Cuthbert, Georgia
Citadelle Art Foundation, Canadian, TX.
Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, MI.
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT.
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.
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Mobilio, Albert. "The Escape Artist", Bookforum, Fall 2021.
Packard, Cassie. "Your Concise New York Art Guide for October 2021", Hyperallergic, September 30.
"Winfred Rembert, 1945–2021", Air Mail, September 28.
"Winfred Rembert: 1945-2021 at Fort Gansevoort in October, 2021", GothamToGo Art & Culture, September 21.
Tracey O'Shaughnessy. "Winfred Rembert: Memoir from Beyond the Grave", Republican American, August 28.
Greenberger, Alex. "Fort Gansevoort Now Represents the Estate of Winfred Rembert", ARTnews, May 24.
“An Artist on How He Survived the Chain Gang”, The New Yorker, May 3.
Rembert, Winfred, and Erin. I. Kelly. Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South, New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing.
Riederer, Rachel. “Life after Lynching in ‘Ashes to Ashes’”, The New Yorker, January 13.
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Schwendener, Martha. “Odyssey Through Jim Crow Era, Carved in Leather”, The New York Times, March 16.
Wolcott, James. “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Chain-Ganger”, Vanity Fair, February 05.
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Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace, Yonkers, NY: Hudson River Museum.
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Hankin, Lisa Bush, editor. Winfred Rembert: Memories of My Youth, Adelson Galleries.
King, Chris. “ART; A Lifetime Patiently Etched Into Leather”, The New York Times, December 24.
Kuehl, Claudia. “Beyond the Fringe; Outside Art, Whatever That Is, May Now Be In”, The New York Times, July 23.
Zimmer, William. “ART; Faces in Photographs; A Region Vividly Portrayed”, The New York Times, September 17.
Ashes to Ashes, directed by Taylor Rees and Renan Ozturk, documentary, May 24.
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, directed by Vivian Ducat, documentary, October 13.