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  • Amy Sherald, What’s precious inside of him does not care to be known by the mind in ways that diminish its presence (All American), 2017, oil on canvas, 54 × 43".

    Amy Sherald

    Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

    The subjects of Amy Sherald’s meticulous, nearly life-size oil portraits confront the viewer with ambiguous expressions that are neither joyful nor melancholic. Their impassive gazes suggest interiorized contemplation and recognition of being seen. This intimate, seven-piece retrospective of her output from the past three years focused on works depicting one or two subjects standing against a flat monochromatic field, cutting bold totemic silhouettes out of bright voids. The outlier—also one of the more recent pieces, debuting in this show—situates a pair of women holding hands against the low

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