Leigh Raiford

  • Toyin Ojih Odutola, A Grand Inheritance, 2016, charcoal, pastel, and pencil on paper, 89 × 60".

    Toyin Ojih Odutola

    From the outset, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s solo exhibition “A Matter of Fact” makes visitors complicit in its fabulist conceit. What we are about to see, an introductory wall panel announces, is the “private collection of rarely exhibited portraits depicting the UmuEze Amara family,” a fictional aristocratic Nigerian clan, the portrayals of whom purportedly span two hundred years. The eighteen pieces on view, all made with charcoal, pastel, and pencil, and most of them life-size portraits, provide clues to the family’s histories—its proclivities, its relationships, and, above all, its members’