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John Bankson is the second artist whose work is featured in the inaugural year of the new de Young’s Connections Gallery program, which was conceived to enable visitors to make connections through strong, visual experiences. By emphasizing the more intuitive connections on which artists typically rely, the exhibitions in this gallery provide a model for visitors of the kinds of relationships that emerge when the collections are viewed with an eye toward common elements.

Working in drawing and painting, Bankston uses museum objects as visual iconography, creating a fantasy world out of cross-cultural juxtapositions. In this way he allows museum visitors to reimagine their worlds by mobilizing the desires that the diverse art objects arouse.


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