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My Country Has No Name: Interview with Toyin Odutola  

New York, Jul. 2013: Since receiving her MFA from California College of the Arts one year ago, Toyin Odutola has garnered much buzz as a young artist on the rise who maintains a fresh perspective on the flexible natures of race, identity, and nationality. Her process and progress are readily visible through her many social media outlets, which display her painstakingly prolific self-portraits. But who is the woman behind the work? From where has she sprung? Born in Nigeria, Odutola currently lives a... [more]

20130312162505-crop-bh12 Subverting Society: Autonomy in the Portraiture of Barkley L. Hendricks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Barkley L. Hendricks at Jack Shainman Gallery 20th Street February 28th, 2013 - April 6th, 2013
Posted 3/12/13

“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” —Audre Lorde One might assume that the power of the artist lies in his ability to create his subjects. The series of portraits shown in Barkley L. Hendricks’ Heart Hands Eyes Mind, however, finds its unique authority in the artist’s capacity to allow his characters to define themselves. Rather than dictating the terms of their appearances, Hendricks seems to paint his subjects as... [more]

20130127130755-o Brice Marden: The Illuminating Flatness of Painting   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Brice Marden at Gagosian Gallery - 980 Madison Ave. January 17th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013
Posted 1/27/13

In his iconic 1965 essay on Modernist Painting, Clement Greenberg seemed to be anticipating Brice Marden, whose 1974 Red Yellow Blue series touches directly upon Greenberg’s analysis of the emergent Minimalist school of painting at the time: “Flatness, two-dimensionality, was the only condition painting shared with no other art, and so Modernist painting oriented itself to flatness as it did to nothing else...One is made aware of the flatness of [Modernist] pictures before, instead of after, bein... [more]

20121225085452-exhibition_work Smash the Looking Glass   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Mickalene Thomas at Lehmann Maupin November 1st, 2012 - January 5th, 2013
Posted 12/25/12

 “...And certainly the glass was beginning to melt away, just like a bright silvery mist.” - Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass Viewing an exhibition situated at multiple locations may prove a daunting endeavor to the quickie gallery hopper, who is accustomed to bouncing through the white cubes of Chelsea for a warm respite from the currently chilly High Line. In fact, I found it impossible to accomplish my goal of visiting both Lehmann Maupin spaces on the opening night of Mickalene... [more]

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