Rianna Jade Parker

  • picks September 16, 2020

    Deana Lawson

    In Deana Lawson’s largest institutional exhibition to date, the interior landscape of Black lives is once again rendered legible through the New York–born photographer’s signature air of fictive kinship. Under the title “Centropy”—a word meaning the electrification of matter—holograms, found images, 16-mm films, and videos exist alongside portraits and scenes, the largest of which, exceeding one meter in width, are framed within thick, mirrored glass. To look at the sitter, you must also look at yourself.

    My gaze ricocheted across the main room and frequently returned to Axis, 2018, in which

  • picks December 24, 2019

    Michaela Yearwood-Dan

    On a typically gray and wet evening in London, I recently found myself letting a breeze of spring colors and textured tropics wash over me. The occasion was “After Euphoria,” Michaela Yearwood-Dan’s first solo presentation with this gallery, showcasing the young London-based painter’s use of palette knives to make sweeping, embracive strokes, and her finesse with contouring gradients across surfaces at once roiling and surprisingly delicate.

    Millennial love and heartbreak, more frequently chronicled in Moleskine journals or Tumblrs, are here mulled over in lush swirls of paint. Pop-culture

  • picks September 09, 2019

    Chris Ofili and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan

    A twenty-year artistic conversation between Trinidad-based artists and friends Chris Ofili and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan unfolds sparely but elegantly in “Affinities,” an exhibition of recent works that highlight each artist’s recent takes on folklore, rituals, and the prolific Caribbean landscape. Ofili’s latest oil and gold leaf paintings are kaleidoscopic and grand as ever. For Kiss (Odysseus & Calypso), 2019, Ofili puts the Greek king—rendered with dark skin and coiled hair—in a bed of water, entwined with his lover Calypso, here a mermaid boasting teal, orange, and purple scales (she’s described