New York

Kay Hassan

Jack Shainman Gallery

Johannesburg-based artist Kay Hassan’s New York solo debut may have signaled a departure to viewers familiar with his large-scale figu- rative collages, composed of torn billboard advertisements, his found- object sculptures, and his room-size installations, one of which re-creates a miner’s shabby living quarters. Those works have received significant attention from museum curators in Europe and South Africa (a midcareer survey was recently held at the Johannesburg Art Gallery), and have also been included in prominent exhibitions of contemporary African art that have toured the United States. This exhibition, however, presented a new series of large-scale color photographs depicting shredded clothing that has washed up on the beaches of Mozambique. While these images lack the narrative drive that characterizes many of his other works, Hassan’s interest in repurposing for art what is

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