Art Basel Miami Beach

Milford Graves

December 1 – 3, 2022

Miami Beach Convention Center

1901 Convention Center Drive

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Survey Section | Booth S17

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Milford Graves

Untitled

1977

Paint, pencil, collage on paper

24 x 36 inches

Fridman Gallery is honored to present Milford Grave’s first ever art fair presentation, bringing together a range of historic works spanning the 1970s to 1990s in an immersive installation. 

Milford Graves was a visual artist, drummer, healer, computer programmer, martial artist, and professor of music. His spirit defined the sounds of free jazz, a musical style that became a symbol of Black empowerment. Graves’ artworks combine the various elements of his genre-bending practice: sculptures, drawings and paintings of energy flows connecting body and mind, often incorporating musical instruments and anatomical studies. 

 

Graves was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to study human heart vibrations to better understand music’s healing potential. Having taught himself computer programming, he developed an algorithm that assigned musical notes to various frequencies of a heartbeat, generating what he called "heart music". The synthesized tracks could then be sent back into the body using transducers vibrating at modulated frequencies to stabilize arrhythmia.

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Milford Graves

Drum Table

c. 1970
Wood, rope, leather, 
17 x 15 inches

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Milford Graves

Self Portrait,

c. 1970
Amate bark paper, acrylic paint 
23.5 x 15.5 inches

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Milford Graves

Painted Chair

1989

Wood, metal, Egyptian figurines, mirror, copper, brass, casters

59.5 x 24 x 21 inches

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Milford Graves

Painted Album Covers
1970
Acrylic on album covers

Milford Graves: Full Mantis Documentary

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Heart Harmonics Catalog

Fridman Gallery presented a solo exhibition of the late free jazz percussionist and visual artist Milford Graves in 2021. View the digital version of the exhibition catalog, which includes contributions from his family, and former students, as well as essays by curators Rhea L. Combs and Niama Safia Sandy.

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Milford Graves in 2018 at his Queens home, where his studies ranged from music to cardiology to botany. Sought after by a wide range of students, he was known to most simply as Professor. Credit: George Etheredge for The New York

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In loving memory of Professor Milford Graves, his family, friends and colleagues are creating a memorial fund that will allow his legacy to grow. Throughout the years, Professor Graves carefully cultivated his home, garden, and temple space, which are treasured by his community in Jamaica, Queens. The Milford Graves Memorial Fund will honor his wishes for the long term care of his estate and continue the community work that he valued so deeply. 

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