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  • Godfried Donkor, St. Peter, 2019, oil, acrylic, and gold leaf on linen, 49 1⁄4 × 30 3⁄4".

    Godfried Donkor, St. Peter, 2019, oil, acrylic, and gold leaf on linen, 49 1⁄4 × 30 3⁄4".

    Godfried Donkor

    Gallery 1957

    In the first show of a two-part exhibition, “Battle Royale: Last Man Standing,” British-Ghanaian artist Godfried Donkor exhumed the ties that bind the dark history of boxing across three continents. The title refers to a tradition in Jim Crow America, in which black men—often blindfolded—were encouraged to engage in battles royal, bludgeoning one another senseless for onlookers’ entertainment, with a prize purse going to the last man standing. While legend has it that boxing came to Ghana via its bloodthirsty colonizers (whose aristocrats used to dabble in sparring with those deemed inferior to

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