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A memorial to victims of transatlantic slavery.London played a central role in transatlantic slavery yet there has been ...
06/19/2024

A memorial to victims of transatlantic slavery.

London played a central role in transatlantic slavery yet there has been little honor the sacrifices, contributions, lives, and descendants of those enslaved during the transatlantic slave trade.

Titled “Echoes from beneath the deep and in between the canes,” a proposal for a new memorial by Alberta Whittle has been shortlisted by the Mayor of London, bringing together visual cues from across the African diaspora.

The proposed artwork includes a Caribbean-style pavilion and sculptural representation of a sugarcane field, carved wooden stools, and large cowrie shell sculptures. Juxtaposing sugarcane alongside London’s Docklands’ former warehouses, Whittle forges a strong visual connection with shared histories that echo beyond the Thames and reverberate across the Atlantic.

“I am Barbadian but my family made their home in London during the 1960s,” says Whittle. “Family conversations nurtured a commitment to reimagine freedom in the wake of enslavement. In the Americas, the Caribbean and the African continent, proof of transatlantic slavery resides in plantations, barracoons and fields of sugarcane, to***co, cocoa, and coffee. In Britain the evidence has been disguised.”

Tap the link in bio to vote for Whittle’s proposal through Friday, July 19 🗳️

Two years in the making, Alberta Whittle’s latest show at  in Scotland weaves together ideas around ancestral and mariti...
06/18/2024

Two years in the making, Alberta Whittle’s latest show at in Scotland weaves together ideas around ancestral and maritime routes, the legacies of transatlantic slavery, and female waywardness as a form of resistance.

“It’s about opening up a space to be ungovernable,” says Whittle in an interview with the about the exhibition. Link in bio to read the full article.

“Alberta Whittle: Under the skin of the ocean, the thing urges us up wild” is on view through August 25.

Photos: Keith Hunter

Two years in the making, Alberta Whittle’s latest show at  in Scotland weaves together ideas around ancestral and mariti...
06/18/2024

Two years in the making, Alberta Whittle’s latest show at in Scotland weaves together ideas around ancestral and maritime routes, the legacies of transatlantic slavery, and female waywardness as a form of resistance.

“It’s about opening up a space to be ungovernable,” says Whittle in an interview with the about the exhibition. Link in bio to read the full article.

“Alberta Whittle: Under the skin of the ocean, the thing urges us up wild” is on view at Mount Stuart through August 25.

Opening on June 27, Nicola Vassell presents “The Selves, a group exhibition featuring work by: Julia Chiang, Sally J. Ha...
06/17/2024

Opening on June 27, Nicola Vassell presents “The Selves, a group exhibition featuring work by: Julia Chiang, Sally J. Han, Sheree Hovsepian, Na Kim, Anina Major, Nickola Pottinger, Elizabeth Schwaiger, Uman, and Alberta Whittle.

The exhibition considers the ways in which the assembled artists are uniquely attuned to notions of memory, growth, transience, illumination, and self-awareness—forces that shape consciousness—and are thus individually equipped to translate the psychic into the physical.

Images: Na Kim, "Untitled" 2024

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Closing tomorrow, June 15—don’t missing your last chance to see “Ming Smith: On the Road” Encompassing never-before-seen...
06/14/2024

Closing tomorrow, June 15—don’t missing your last chance to see “Ming Smith: On the Road”

Encompassing never-before-seen vintage and contemporary prints of images captured during her travels around the world from 1970 through 1993, “On the Road embodies” the spirit of adventure and curiosity that advanced Smith’s singular entry into, and scrutiny of, the provinces of urban existence, nature’s quietude, family intimacy, popular culture, military life, and jazz milieus.

Like harnessing a memory, Smith underlines the evanescent—at once vivid and obscure.

Final Week ⚠️ “Ming Smith: On the Road” closes this Saturday, June 15. “Smith’s work captures this shine and song, the d...
06/11/2024

Final Week ⚠️ “Ming Smith: On the Road” closes this Saturday, June 15.

“Smith’s work captures this shine and song, the desire for human connection,” writes in . “Tender candid moments and jolts of light render her images alive. Double exposure, slow shutter speeds, strokes of paint, and collaged images all enter into a rhythmic choreography under her nimble hands.”

Dijon, France 📍This summer at , experience two works by Uman, “Samaki in the ocean” and “BBC London In These Streets,” i...
06/07/2024

Dijon, France 📍

This summer at , experience two works by Uman, “Samaki in the ocean” and “BBC London In These Streets,” in “Abstraction (re)creation,” a group show of 20 artists under under 40, each with their own unconventional logic and approaches to abstraction.

Images: “Abstraction (re)creation” Consortium Museum, Dijon (FR), 2024. Photo: Rebecca Fanuele © Consortium Museum.

“Ming is a witness,” says Curator , Director and Chief Curator of Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, in her recent conversa...
06/04/2024

“Ming is a witness,” says Curator , Director and Chief Curator of Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, in her recent conversation with the artist and contributor . “ is a witness unfolding; a witness paying close attention.”

Link in bio to watch the full conversation online.

Don’t miss the final weeks of “Ming Smith: On the Road,” on view at Nicola Vassell Gallery through June 15.

This Tuesday, May 28 at 1 pm EDT, join artist  and curator  for an online conversation with  contributor  about Smith’s ...
05/24/2024

This Tuesday, May 28 at 1 pm EDT, join artist and curator for an online conversation with contributor about Smith’s current show “On the Road” at Nicola Vassell Gallery, on view through June 15.

Link in bio to register 👆

Just dropped on the  podcast, listen to a conversation with multidisciplinary artist Adebunmi Gbadebo () as she explores...
05/23/2024

Just dropped on the podcast, listen to a conversation with multidisciplinary artist Adebunmi Gbadebo () as she explores the archival record of her family’s ancestry through art.

Through her research, material selection, and technical process, Gbadebo emphasizes the prejudice of the historical record, activating her practice to restore Black subjectivity.

Link in bio to listen 🎧

“The best of Ming Smith’s photographs... feed off of shadows and drink up haze,” writes  in her review of “Ming Smith: O...
05/22/2024

“The best of Ming Smith’s photographs... feed off of shadows and drink up haze,” writes in her review of “Ming Smith: On the Road” for . “Revealing themselves slowly, they live in somber zones of ambiguity, exerting a certain pressure on our optic hunger for clarity.”

Link in bio for the full review.

Can there really be such a state as post-colonial? Now open at the , “Narrative Obsession in the Post-Colonial Psyche” e...
05/17/2024

Can there really be such a state as post-colonial?

Now open at the , “Narrative Obsession in the Post-Colonial Psyche” explores this question through the work of 12 artists addressing the harmful global histories and present-day legacies of imperial subjugation.

Included in the exhibition are three works by artist and sociologist Frida Orupabo sourced from web-based photographic archives related to anthropological research. There is implicit violence in the cut sections of the hybrid bodies she creates, revealing the brutality of researchers and their biases, conscious and unconscious.

For most of her life, Ming Smith has carried a camera. In the 1970s in New York, Smith’s practice was propelled by inqui...
05/16/2024

For most of her life, Ming Smith has carried a camera.

In the 1970s in New York, Smith’s practice was propelled by inquiry—both through her immersion in the Kamoinge Workshop and her preoccupation with the ideas of prominent twentieth-century American and European photographers, alluding to the virtuosity of Brassaï, Roy DeCarava, Diane Arbus, and Robert Frank. These artists set a tempo upon which Smith developed her own dexterity in portraiture, landscape, and street photography—highly attuned to the textures, geometries, and thrums pulsing through every spectrum of life.

On view now through June 15, “Ming Smith: On the Road” delves into the artist’s expansive archive with never-before-seen works from her early years.

As seen in the , take a closer look at ’s “Setting Out to Sea,” a photograph of four boys on their backdoor rafts on a p...
05/13/2024

As seen in the , take a closer look at ’s “Setting Out to Sea,” a photograph of four boys on their backdoor rafts on a pond in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1972, on view now in “On the Road.”

“She called the unlikely urban Huck Finn scene ‘Setting Out to Sea,’ since that’s where one or two of the friends seemed to be aiming for, at least in their heads,” writes Tim Adams.

Link in bio to read the full story.

LAST DAY ‼️ of  On view until 6 pm tonight at 50 Varick St NYC, don’t miss our solo presentation of ceramic vessels and ...
05/12/2024

LAST DAY ‼️ of

On view until 6 pm tonight at 50 Varick St NYC, don’t miss our solo presentation of ceramic vessels and works on paper by Adebunmi Gbadebo (), as well as Uman’s eight-foot painting “I’ve Been Looking for You As the Ground Crumbles at My Feet” (2023-2024)—included in “15 x 15: Independent 2010-2024”—a group exhibition curated by Elizabeth Dee (.dee.nyc) and Matthew Higgs () featuring the work of 15 artists and galleries who have had an influential presence at the fair since it began.

2️⃣ DAYS LEFT to see our solo presentation of  at , featured among the best booths this year by : "The vessels set at th...
05/11/2024

2️⃣ DAYS LEFT to see our solo presentation of at , featured among the best booths this year by :

"The vessels set at the center of this booth are made not from clay crafted from soil that Adebunmi Gbadebo has collected from True Blue, the site of a former plantation in South Carolina where her ancestors were once enslaved. Fired using techniques more commonly associated with Nigerian pottery, the vessels have also been affixed with hair sourced from barbershops in New York. These vessels, with their partially sunken mouths, appear soft and partially deflated, but their hardened soil renders them firm and durable, ensuring that her family’s fragile and often invisible history lingers on. Beneath one vessel, Gbadebo has placed the bones of a deer, a gesture that underlines how these vessels are essentially exhumations of the past." —

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Saturday, May 11: 11AM – 7PM
Sunday, May 12: 11AM – 6PM

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of , don’t miss “I’ve Been Looking for You As the Ground Crumbles at My Feet” (2...
05/10/2024

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of , don’t miss “I’ve Been Looking for You As the Ground Crumbles at My Feet” (2023-2024), an eight-foot painting by Uman in "15 x 15: Independent 2010-2024"—a group exhibition curated by Elizabeth Dee and Matthew Higgs featuring the work of 15 artists and galleries who have had an influential presence at the fair since it began.

Now open—our solo presentation of new ceramic and paper-based works by Adebunmi Gbadebo at  through Sunday, May 12.“The ...
05/09/2024

Now open—our solo presentation of new ceramic and paper-based works by Adebunmi Gbadebo at through Sunday, May 12.

“The past lives on in us today. I’ve been thinking a lot about the histories embedded in our lives, in the earth around us, and how these histories impact our lives today.”—

Link in bio to read her recent interview on

Uman’s ValentineDebuting tomorrow at the Independent Art Fair and online at artspace.com, Uman releases “Valentine” (202...
05/08/2024

Uman’s Valentine

Debuting tomorrow at the Independent Art Fair and online at artspace.com, Uman releases “Valentine” (2024), a new limited edition of 35 silkscreen prints in collaboration with , , and .

“Some of my brightest, most colorful paintings come from a place of intense emotion, and some of the figures that live in my paintings can be hard to trace, but they are there.”—Uman

Link in bio to learn more about the print.

Last week we celebrated the opening of “Ming Smith: On the Road,” ’s solo exhibition featuring a selection of never-befo...
05/07/2024

Last week we celebrated the opening of “Ming Smith: On the Road,” ’s solo exhibition featuring a selection of never-before-seen photographs from the artist’s archive that encapsulates the arc of her exploratory impulses from 1970 through 1993.

The opening was followed by an intimate dinner at with artists, curators, and friends, as the New York spring art fair season kicks off.

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Presenting Adebunmi Gbadebo and Uman at Independent New York! On view May 9-12 at , our line-up for  this year will feat...
05/06/2024

Presenting Adebunmi Gbadebo and Uman at Independent New York!

On view May 9-12 at , our line-up for this year will feature a solo presentation of ceramic vessels and works on paper by the multidisciplinary artist Adebunmi Gbadebo (), and an eight-foot painting by Uman in "15 x 15: Independent 2010-2024"—a group exhibition curated by Elizabeth Dee (.dee.nyc) and Matthew Higgs ().

Opening tomorrow night: “Ming Smith: On the Road”Featuring a selection of photographs from the artist’s archive from 197...
05/01/2024

Opening tomorrow night: “Ming Smith: On the Road”

Featuring a selection of photographs from the artist’s archive from 1970 through 1993, including never-before-seen vintage and contemporary prints of images captured during her travels around the world, “On the Road” embodies the spirit of adventure and curiosity that advanced ’s singular entry into, and scrutiny of, the provinces of urban existence, nature’s quietude, family intimacy, popular culture, military life, and jazz milieus.

🗓️ Thursday, May 2, 6-8 pm
📍Nicola Vassell Gallery
138 Tenth Avenue NYC

Will abstraction in painting reveal a new way to face art, a better manner to address new issues far away from subjects,...
04/26/2024

Will abstraction in painting reveal a new way to face art, a better manner to address new issues far away from subjects, storytelling, and other figurative topics?

Opening today in Dijon, France, Uman is among the 20 artists included in “Abstraction (re)creation – 20 under 40” at , a group exhibition of young artists with their own unconventional logic and approaches to abstraction in art.

Uman, “Samaki in the Ocean” 2023

Announcing “Ming Smith: On the Road" listens through her camera, sensitive to the harmony and dissonance that enliven he...
04/25/2024

Announcing “Ming Smith: On the Road"

listens through her camera, sensitive to the harmony and dissonance that enliven her subjects and surroundings.

Opening on May 2, “On the Road” presents a selection of photographs from the artist’s archive that encapsulates the arc of her exploratory impulses as she sought and probed new subject matter and formal innovation from 1970 through 1993.

Encompassing never-before-seen vintage and contemporary prints of images captured during her travels around the world, On the Road embodies the spirit of adventure and curiosity that advanced Smith’s singular entry into, and scrutiny of, the provinces of urban existence, nature’s quietude, family intimacy, popular culture, military life, and jazz milieus.

1️⃣ “That’s my mother in character as one of the three witches of MacBeth, the image was taken by my father,” says  as h...
04/19/2024

1️⃣ “That’s my mother in character as one of the three witches of MacBeth, the image was taken by my father,” says as he describes the series of photographs from his family archive on view in his solo show “Univitellin” closing tomorrow.

2️⃣ The second picture is my grandmother, Freddie, my father’s mother, also taken by my father.

3️⃣ An archival photo of my great great grandmother, Easter, who was a ritualist. She was born into enslavement and survived to liberation in Hays County Austin, Texas.

4️⃣ The a yearbook picture of my mother’s mother, Lois Louise who was also a spiritualist.

Taken together, these photographs represent three generations of Nance’s matriarchal forebears. “The testament connecting these photos to the show is fractal,” says Nance, “one is naming the lineage of photography in my family and another is to ritualistically present them here. I’m just an expression of an assembly of people in my family.”

“Terence Nance: Univitellin” is on view through Saturday, April 20.

"That’s my mother in character as one of the three witches of MacBeth, the image was taken by my father," says  as he de...
04/19/2024

"That’s my mother in character as one of the three witches of MacBeth, the image was taken by my father," says as he describes the series of photographs from his family archive on view in his solo show "Univitellin" closing tomorrow.

2️⃣ The second picture is my grandmother, Freddie, my father’s mother, also taken by my father.

3️⃣ An archival photo of my great great grandmother, Easter, who was a ritualist. She was born into enslavement and survived to liberation in Hays County Austin, Texas.

4️⃣ The a yearbook picture of my mother’s mother, Lois Louise who was also a spiritualist.

Taken together, these photographs represent three generations of Nance’s matriarchal forebears. "The testament connecting these photos to the show is fractal,” says Nance, "one is naming the lineage of photography in my family and another is to ritualistically present them here. I’m just an expression of an assembly of people in my family."

"Terence Nance: Univitellin" is on view through Saturday, April 20.

Alvaro Barrington lights up Milan 💡For this year’s Salone del Mobile () in Milan,  unveiled a collection of newly commis...
04/16/2024

Alvaro Barrington lights up Milan 💡

For this year’s Salone del Mobile () in Milan, unveiled a collection of newly commissioned lamps by 24 international artists and collaborators, including .

Titled “Storefront lamp BAT-F 2023-2024, 2023-2024,” the steel lamp designed by Barrington will be on view in the Palazzo Citterio from through April 20.

“You don’t make a film, you receive an offering.”— On the occasion of his solo exhibition “Univitellin” on view in its f...
04/12/2024

“You don’t make a film, you receive an offering.”—

On the occasion of his solo exhibition “Univitellin” on view in its final week, the multi-hyphenate artist, actor, musician, writer, and filmmaker spoke to on the act of transcending our collective understanding of cinema.

“Univitellin” is on view at Nicola Vassell Gallery through Saturday, April 20.

Link in bio to read the full interview.

"You don’t make a film, you receive an offering."— On the occasion of his solo exhibition "Univitellin" on view in its f...
04/12/2024

"You don’t make a film, you receive an offering."—

On the occasion of his solo exhibition "Univitellin" on view in its final week, the multi-hyphenate artist, actor, musician, writer, and filmmaker spoke to on the act of transcending our collective understanding of cinema.

"Univitellin" is on view at Nicola Vassell Gallery through April 20.

Link in bio to read the full interview.

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