Photo courtesy of Basil Kincaid

Ep.179 features Basil Kincaid (b. 1986, St. Louis, Missouri) an American artist who honors and evolves traditional practices through quilting, collaging, photography, installation and performance. Implementing materials vested with emotional and memorial content, Kincaid allows these mediums to function as spiritual technology that forward various wisdoms born from Kincaid’s greatest values: family, imagination, rest, and experience.

Kincaid studied drawing and painting at Colorado College, graduating in 2010. Kincaid has exhibited works with Hauser & Wirth, Mindy Solomon, Kravets Wehby, Kavi Gupta, Carl Kostyal and others. In 2019, Kincaid debuted a first museum performance, “The Release,” at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis MO. In 2020 Kincaid received the Regional Arts Commission Fellowship. In 2021, Kincaid became a United States Artist Fellow and joined the Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2022, Kincaid exhibited new quilt works in both the Legacy Russell-curated show, “The New Bend” at Hauser & Wirth’s New York and Los Angeles locations, and the Ekow Eshun-curated exhibition, “New African Portraiture” at the Kunsthalle Krems in Austria. Kincaid also produced a ceremonial installation at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, wrapping a Manuel Neri figure in a quilt entitled “Take Me Home” just days after Neri’s passing. Kincaid opened 2023 with “Dancing the Wind Walk”, a semi-permanent fabric monument during Frieze LA, with support from the Art Production Fund; before the end of the year, he will reveal a new quilt as part of “The Threads We Follow” at SECCA, North Carolina Museum of Art, and will have a solo exhibition, “Spirit in the Gift”, at the Rubell Museum, where he was the 2023 Artist in Residence. Basil Kincaid has been awarded the Great Rivers Biennial Prize and will have a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in Fall 2024.


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The River, 2017-22, Quilt, 104 x 204 x 12 in

Buttons in the Sky Bursting at the Seams, 2023

The Courtship of Lightnin Bugs, 2023

The Fields We Lay and Turn with Horns, 2023