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Selected Works

Derrick Alexis Coard, I Aced The Interview, 2014

Derrick Alexis Coard

I Aced The Interview, 2014

Marker, pastel and graphite on paper, 76.2 x 55.8 cm 

Courtesy of the estate of Derrick Alexis Coard and Salon 94, New York

Derrick Alexis Coard, Me In 2 Months, 2014

Derrick Alexis Coard

Me In 2 Months, 2014

Pastel and graphite on paper, 76.2 x 55.8 cm

Courtesy of the estate of Derrick Alexis Coard and Salon 94, New York

Derrick Alexis Coard, I Am Handsome, 2014

Derrick Alexis Coard

I Am Handsome, 2014

Pastel on paper, 76.2 x 55.8 cm

Courtesy of the estate of Derrick Alexis Coard and Salon 94, New York

Press Release

I Am that I Am is a survey exhibition of over 30 works by the Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Alexis Coard. While living with schizoaffective disorder, art making was Coard’s healing and spiritual outlet, in which he created a poignant, signature body of work comprised of sensitively rendered portraits of Black men with beards. He found solace and a divine purpose in Christian spirituality, including Biblical tenets surrounding the symbolic wisdom and reverence of beards. Coard once stated, “I use bearded Black men as symbolic expression for possible change for the African-American male community... that we as a Black male people can be victorious, achieving needed healing and unity.”

Derrick Alexis Coard, I Am that I Am is organized in collaboration with Karma and Salon 94. Special thanks to Matthew Higgs and the White Columns team for their incredible support, and to all the lenders who made this exhibition possible. The exhibition will be accompanied by a future printed publication. More details to follow. 

Derrick Alexis Coard

I Am that I Am

June 26–August 23, 2024

172 East 2nd Street, New York

For more information please contact us at: office@marcjancou.com