Still from "Shuffle," a 2008 video installation by Sanford Biggers, wherein the artist is swaying in a red suit looking up to a ceiling painting.Video still from "Seen," 2009, showing a close up, cropped shot of the artist's face painted like a clown.Installation shot for Sanford Biggers' "Blossom," from 2007, showing a piano intertwined into a full-grown tree.
Detail of Sanford Biggers’ artwork "UGRR:US2," in 2009, a repurposed quilt that has an overall colorful floral pattern with some scribbles.Watercolor entitled "Bittersweet the Fruit Drawing 2," 2003, by Sanford Boggers depicting a piano between two trees.Two views of "Cheshire" a giant cheshire cat smile lit up and installed in trees by Sanford Biggers.

Over 25 images from the catalog Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk An Introspective are now available on SVA Image Library (MDID).

Accompanying an exhibition of the same title at the Brooklyn Museum in 2011, this publication features a selection of 13 pieces by New York based conceptual artist Sanford Biggers, whose diverse body of work addresses issues such as identity, race and spirituality.

In February of this year, Biggers was announced one of the new class members of TED2016 Fellows; as such, he gave the below talk not just sharing the motivation behind his art by detailing two of his compelling works, but also discussing how his interdisciplinary approach is meant to provoke challenging dialogues about the history and trauma of black America.

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ABOVE IMAGES (clockwise): Still from "Shuffle," 2008, Two channel HD color video installation with sound component, 4:47 min.; "Seen," 2009. Video still, digital C-print, 30 × 40 in. Ed. 3 + AP. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Klein Arts, New York;  "Blossom," 2007, Silk steel, wood, MIDI player piano system, Zoopoxy, approx. 12 ft x 18 ft x 15 ft, courtesy of the artist and Grand Arts, Kansas City; Detail of "UGRR:US2," 2009. Repurposed quilt, 90 x 80 in. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Klein Arts, New York; Cheshire (object), In situ, aluminum, plexiglass, LEDs, timer, 67 x 33 x 10 in.; "Bittersweet the Fruit Drawing 2," 2003. Watercolor on paper, 10.75 x 8.27 in.;