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Sadie Barnette


  • Expo Chicago 2016
  • Superfecta

  • Artist's Resume (pdf, 358.59 Kb)

    Artist's Catalog (pdf, 5.21 Mb)

    Artist's Website


    Whether in the form of drawing, photography or large-scale installation, Sadie Barnette’s work relishes in the abstraction of city space and the transcendence of the mundane to the imaginative. She creates visual compositions that engage a hybrid aesthetic of minimalism and density, using text, glitter, family Polaroids, subculture codes and found objects. Barnette’s work deals in the currency of the real, in earthly acts of celebration and resistance, but is also tethered to the other-worldly, a speculative fiction, a galactic escape. As the artist says, “This is abstraction in service of everyday magic and survival in America.”

    Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, CA. She earned her BFA from CalArts and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally at venues including The Studio Museum in Harlem (where she was Artist in Residence), the California African American Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, The Mistake Room in Los Angeles, and Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. Barnette has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian UK, Artforum, Vogue, and Forbes, among other publications. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums such as The Pérez Art Museum in Miami, the California African American Museum, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Barnette lives and works in Oakland, CA and Compton, CA and is represented by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.


Untitled (White cans) Collage on holographic paper 15.25 x 15.5 inches Framed 2016

Sadie Barnette


Haverford College acquires Sadie Barnette’s “Untitled (Citizens’ Commission), 2017

Sadie Barnette in "Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection" Opening March 3 at Taubman Museum of Art

Artslant Reviews "Evidentiary Realism" at NOME Gallery, featuring works by Sadie Barnette

Sadie Barnette “SUPERFECTA” work enters the permanent collection of the Blanton Museum of Art at UT Austin

Sadie Barnette Named one of 30 Young Artists To Watch for 2018 in Cultured Magazine

Sadie Barnette to appear in "Evidentiary Realism" at Nome Gallery in Berlin, opening Dec 1st

Al Jazeera Profiles Sadie Barnette's FBI File Project about her father

Sadie Barnette Receives 2017 Artadia San Francisco Award

Sadie Barnette in Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance, MOCA Detroit Opening September 8

Sadie Barnette Named a Finalist for 2017 Artadia San Francisco Award

Sadie Barnette and Patrick Martinez in "Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture" Opening at California African American Museum July 12

Sadie Barnette in "Over the Rainbow" Group Exhibition at Praz Delavallade Opening July 9

Jennifer Dalton, Sadie Barnette and Packard Jennings will be contributing work to the inaugural exhibition at the Museum of Capitalism, opening Saturday June 17

Sadie Barnette and Rodney Barnette in Conversation at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art April 30

Sacramento Bee reviews Sadie Barnette’s Dear 1968,… at the Manetti-Shrem Museum at UC Davis

Sadie Barnette's "Dear 1968,..." Digital Catalog Available Now

Coveteur Features Sadie Barnette and her Father's FBI File Project

Sadie Barnette featured in “A New Look” at Monique Meloche Gallery opening April 8th in Chicago

California African American Museum acquires work by gallery artist Sadie Barnette for their permanent collection

Sadie Barnette and Essence Harden in Conversation for Performa Arts

Art Newspaper Highlights Sadie Barnette's "Do Not Destroy" Exhibition at Baxter St

Sampada Aranke Discusses Sadie Barnette's work in his essay for E-Flux

Sydney Gore Interviews Sadie Barnette for NYLON

Sadie Barnette profiled in The Creator's Project

Adam Lehrer Interviews Sadie Barnette about her "My Father's FBI File" Project for Forbes Magazine

Artsy Profiles Sadie Barnette's "My Father's FBI File" Project

Sadie Barnette receives ART MATTERS grant to further her project exploring the FBI file and COINTELPRO surveillance of her father’s activities with the Black Panthers

THE FADER interview with Sadie Barnette by Vikki Tobak

The Guardian profiles Sadie and Rodney Barnette on their contribution to "All Power to the People” at the Oakland Museum of California

Elephant Magazine Names Charlie James Gallery a Must-See Booth at EXPo Chicago 2016

Essence Harden reviews Southland for SFAQ

Sadie Barnette contributes photography to THE FADER piece on juvenile justice by Vikki Tobak

Sadie Barnette Acquired by the Perez Art Museum

Sadie Barnette in March Madness, curated by Hank Willis Thomas, at Fort Gaansvoort Gallery in New York City, On view thru May 1

Sadie Barnette in Conversation with Rujeko Hockley for SFAQ

SFAQ Review of Sadie Barnette's Superfecta by Essence Harden

Christopher Knight Reviews Sadie Barnette's "Superfecta" For the Los Angeles Times

Ezrha Jean Black on Sadie Barnette's "Superfecta" for Artillery Magazine


Untitled (Racing Forms 1-9), Graphite on paper mounted on plexi, 36 x 36 inches, 2015