David Huffman – Get Up and Get Down


David Huffman / Get Up and Get Down / 2006 / mixed media on paper / 50 x 97 inches  (129 cm x 250.26 cm)

David Huffman’s Get Up and Get Down was the focal work in his 2006 exhibition Pyramid Dreams. The exhibition was reviewed nationally and internationally. This important work on paper was acquired by a private collector and is just becoming available.


David Huffman’s work gained national attention during the The Studio Museum in Harlem’s celebrated Freestyle exhibition in 2001. In 2013 The Studio Museum opened The Shadows Took Shape which culminated in a front page image of Huffman’s painting, MLK in the NY Times. Huffman was recently included in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bay Area Now 6, along with an exhibition funded by the NEA at the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery. Huffman was the recipient of the Artadia Foundation Award in 2006, and the Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship in 2007. In November 2008, Huffman was a panel speaker at Transformations: New Directions in Black Art, the 3rd Annual Conference for African American Art, hosted by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. Exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and the Institute of International Visual Arts, London; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Santa Monica Museum of Art; de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; and The Luggage Store, San Francisco. Huffman’s work has been reviewed and written about in Frieze, Artforum, Art Papers, Flash Art, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, The International Review of African American Art, NY Arts, Art Journal, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.