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Lamar Peterson in Art in America

Through June 12

“Left Foot, Right Foot”

Minneapolis-based artist Lamar Peterson’s vibrant candy-colored paintings and works on paper depict versions of himself walking—an activity he began to process the pandemic and the death of George Floyd. While some works display passionate bursts of self-expression, others appear removed and integrate repetitions of his figure in various landscapes. In grappling with grief, this present-day flâneur captures a striking tension between stark reality and emotive possibility.