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View of “Making & Unmaking,” 2016. Background: Two untitled works from Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou’s series “Musclemen,” 2012. Foreground: Céline Condorelli, Average Spatial Compositions, 2015. Photo: Mark Blower.

“Making & Unmaking”

Camden Arts Centre

View of “Making & Unmaking,” 2016. Background: Two untitled works from Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou’s series “Musclemen,” 2012. Foreground: Céline Condorelli, Average Spatial Compositions, 2015. Photo: Mark Blower.

The opening-night atmosphere at “Making & Unmaking” was exuberant. Visitors—some magnificently dressed in bright, eclectically patterned clothing by the exhibition’s curator, designer Duro Olowu—marveled at the 170 stunning, little-known artworks and objects assembled. These ranged from a one-hundred-year-old Congolese textile, with its nearly twenty-foot-long non-repeating maplike pattern, to an immense drawing by the young Australian artist Donna Huddleston. Her Warriors, 2015, in gouache and colored pencil, depicts a bizarre procession that prompted such disparate associations as Henry Darger’s warring, pastel-colored girls; a Sports Illustrated swimwear issue, circa 1981; and the stylized death mask of Tutankhamun.

The show’s breadth of unknown textiles, drawings, photographs, sculptural installations, craftworks, paintings, and ceramics prompted a real sense of

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