Sam McKinniss, Prince, 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 96 × 84".

Sam McKinniss

Team Gallery | Grand Street

Sam McKinniss, Prince, 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 96 × 84".

The young figurative painter Sam McKinniss selected the source images for his solo show “Egyptian Violet” at Team Gallery and translated them onto canvas—rendering them lusher and more fiery, finding menace in their dark areas, simplifying them slightly with his signature sentimental panache—all before the November presidential election. His beautiful paintings of celebrities, flowers, a swan, and a dolphin, which come in small or big but not medium sizes, were hanging in the gallery on Election Day, and on the terrible day after. His work fulfilled its obligation to hang there until the following Saturday, which was also the day that I tried to take a stab at its (new) meaning.

The defining work of McKinniss’s show, on the far wall facing you as you entered, was Prince, 2016, a massive eight-by-seven-foot portrait of the pop star derived from the iconic artwork for his

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