The Los Angeles–based Underground Museum, founded by the late artist Noah Davis and his brother, video artist Kahlil Joseph, has received the Ellsworth Kelly Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. The museum will receive a $40,000 cash prize in order to stage an exhibition on the work of figurative painter Abe Odedina, who lives and works in London and Salvador, Brazil. The show will be curated by the Underground Museum’s director, Megan Steinman, and its president, Karon Davis.
“The Underground Museum’s proposal exemplified Ellsworth Kelly’s vision to make a museum exhibition possible. Ellsworth believed in the transformational power of museum exhibitions on an artist’s career. FCA is pleased that the 2017 Ellsworth Kelly Award will make possible this first U.S. exhibition of Abe Odedina’s work,” said Stacy Tenenbaum Stark, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ executive director.