Purvis Young Collection



Purvis Young

The Purvis Young Collection features 109 paintings by south Florida based artist Purvis Young. His work draws from both his geographical and political environment.  Using discarded utilitarian objects including wood, carpet, cardboard, metal and rubber –Young transforms the materials into objects codified by his personal system of symbols that reflect the social impact of the poverty, drugs, crime and displacement he sees in his surroundings.  Much of the material that he uses comes directly from his Overtown neighborhood, one of the oldest and now most impoverished areas of Miami.

Mark Coetzee, director of the Rubell Family Collection, commented on the donation, “We are proud and honored to be able to facilitate the legacy of one of the great African American artists of our times. By donating the largest permanent installation in the world of his work to Morehouse College, we hope to help preserve the legacy of Purivs Young’s greatest works.”