2019 MacArthur Genius Grant award winner Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972, USA) blends the aesthetic heritages of Native America, rave culture, and punk rock, breathing new life into the traditions of Modernist Abstraction. In his paintings, sculptures, garments, performances and films, indigenous craftwork and ancient abstract references coalesce to form metaphysical bridges between 20th century art movements like Geometric Abstraction, Neo-Dada and Pop Art, and contemporary fields of inquiry such as Relational Aesthetics, Institutional Critique and Identity Politics.
As in many of Gibson's works, this painting incorporates text into its subject matter, embedded into the composition via Gibson's idiosyncratic, geometric abstract alphabet. About this piece, Gibson says, "NO MORE WAR is not named after a specific song but my go to would be WAR by Edwin Starr. With this painting I also wanted to address the four directions and use the four colors associated with the Native American medicine wheel (red, black, yellow, and white)."