Ian Bourland

Whitfield Lovell

DC Moore Gallery

May 2017

In what has already proven to be a remarkable few seasons of black figuration—such as Henry Taylor at the Whitney Biennial or Kerry James Marshall at the Met Breuer—this exhibition of thirty-one large-scale works on paper by Whitfield Lovell… READ ON

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Yancey Richardson Gallery

March 2017

Paul Mpagi Sepuya is self-consciously part of a deep lineage of queer cultural practice. His process journals reveal his engagement with Bruce Nugent and other gay writers from the past century, and his intimate color portraits call to mind… READ ON

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Rashid Johnson

Hauser & Wirth | Chelsea

September 2016

The title of Rashid Johnson’s current exhibition, “Fly Away,” refers to a musical standard performed over the past century by gospel singers as well as sampled by Kanye West. For this show, the song was also played in the gallery by the … READ ON

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Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu talks about her work in “Blackness in Abstraction” at Pace Gallery

July 2016

Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan-born, New York–based multimedia artist. Her work is currently featured in the group exhibition “Blackness in Abstraction,” which is curated by Adrienne Edwards and will be on view at Pace Gallery in New York through… READ ON

500 WORDS

Chris McCaw

Yossi Milo Gallery

March 2016

The first photograph was made in 1825. It is attributed to Nicéphore Niépce, a French inventor who originally dubbed it a “heliograph,” a direct index of the sun. This formulation proved popular into the 1850s, though Charles Baudelaire … READ ON

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Toyin Ojih Odutola

Jack Shainman Gallery | 513 West 20th Street

January 2016

When Toyin Ojih Odutola began consistently showing work in New York five years ago, one could not but be struck by the maturity of her approach—portrait drawing at the scale of painting and with the tonal density of a photograph. Her figures… READ ON

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“A Constellation”

The Studio Museum in Harlem

January 2016

As its title, “A Constellation,” suggests, this show draws together a range of seemingly disparate practices by black artists and invites the viewer to connect the dots. This is a loose curatorial rubric, but its strength is in pairing … READ ON

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Gustav Metzger

Jumex Foundation

September 2015

Gustav Metzger, theorist of “auto-destructive art,” is best known for his avant-garde experiments in 1960s Europe—the heyday of Fluxus and Situationism and an emerging environmental ethics. This exhibition, surveying more than fifty years of… READ ON

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“North Korean Perspectives”

Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP)

September 2015

Any single project in this exhibition of a dozen international photographers would be notable for its blend of formalist and political investigation. But, taken together, the works yield a balanced—startling, even—mosaic of life in the Hermit… READ ON

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Adam Golfer

Booklyn Art Gallery

July 2015

Adam Golfer spent much of the last decade working commercially, taking pictures for magazines and newspapers. His current exhibition centers around A House Without a Roof, 2011-, his new monograph and the half decade worth of research and … READ ON

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