McArthur Binion

About The Artist

McArthur Binion was born in Macon, Mississippi. He holds a BFA from Wayne State University (1971) in Detroit, Michigan and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He has been a Professor of Art at Columbia College in Chicago since 1993.

McArthur Binion’s work primarily consists of minimalist abstract paintings, created using crayons, oil stick, and ink, often on rigid surfaces such as wood or aluminum. For many years, Binion has been incorporating laser-prints as a collaged ground on top of which he applies other mediums. His work is deceptively complex, although his paintings appear to be works of abstract minimalism, they draw on numerous influences.


His work can be found in the following public collections:
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfields, MI
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
The Burt Aaron Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI
Ariel Mutual Funds Chicago, IL
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit, MI,
Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI
City of Detroit, Detroit, MI
Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

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