Welancora Gallery

Welancora Gallery The focus of the gallery is to exhibit and represent artists from around the world by mounting major exhibitions and publishing scholarly catalogs.

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Join us June 7-12 for THE CONVENING, a virtual conference hosted by @blackwomeninvisualart and @slp_womensgroup. The goa...
05/24/2021

Join us June 7-12 for THE CONVENING, a virtual conference hosted by @blackwomeninvisualart and @slp_womensgroup. The goal of THE CONVENING is to bring women art professionals together to explore the question: How can we lead real change in 2021? A few of the participants include, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Nicola Vassell, Nicola Vassell Gallery, Ebony L. Haynes, Director, David Zwirner Gallery, Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project, Ivy N. Jones, Welancora Gallery, Sara Friedlander, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s, Carla Comacho Hermann, Partner, Lehmann Maupin: Sales and Revenue Strategy, JiaJia Fei, Digital Strategist for the Art World: Social Media Strategy, Peg Alston, Peg Alston Gallery, June Kelly, June Kelly Gallery.

Link in bio for tickets!

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We are happy to announce that our current exhibition, To Heal and Protect, is extended until May 28.  Drawing inspiratio...
05/20/2021

We are happy to announce that our current exhibition, To Heal and Protect, is extended until May 28. Drawing inspiration from the function of traditional East, West and Central African art, To Heal and Protect looks at the ways in which adornment resonates as cultural modes of protection, healing and soothing in contemporary society, through the divergent use of material in the work of Layo Bright, LaKela Brown and Hakeem Olayinka.

Follow the link in our bio to schedule an appointment.

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Images

1. Layo Bright, Dark Matter, Our Matter, 2021, glass, Ghana-must-go-bag, wood, 40 x 40 inches

2. Hakeem Olayinka, Golden Girl, 2021, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 72 x 24 inches

3. Layo Bright, Sunday Service & PamPam’s Wedding, 2021, glee, Ghana-must-go-bag, pottery, gold pigment, acrylic and wood, 17 x 18 x 11 inches

4. LaKela Brown, Still Life with Doorknocker Earrings With Twelve Gold Impressions 2021, plaster and acrylic, 45 x 33 x 2 inches

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#Adornment
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@HakeemOlayinka
@LaKelaBrown

Congratulations to @nicolavassellgallery on the opening of her new art gallery in Chelsea. Thank you @nicolavassellgalle...
05/19/2021

Congratulations to @nicolavassellgallery on the opening of her new art gallery in Chelsea. Thank you @nicolavassellgallery for mentioning and acknowledging Welancora, and other small scale galleries owned by Black-Women, in today’s @nytimes. We are fortunate to work in an industry where there are so many stories to be told in so many different ways. It’s been a long time coming, yet we are grateful that these differences are being embraced.

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#kjfreeman

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!_____________Images:Otto Neals, Mother and ChildPhotographer unknown, Co...
05/09/2021

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!
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Images:
Otto Neals, Mother and Child
Photographer unknown, Cora

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@ottoneals

“My traps are the conceptual representation of my figurative work.  I think often people’s ability to read an image stop...
04/17/2021

“My traps are the conceptual representation of my figurative work. I think often people’s ability to read an image stops at the figure. We know people right? We are people? So too often we stop with, “I get it, it’s a lady with a clay head, cute.” We don’t read into the figurative image because we think we know.” -Aisha Tandiwe Bell

Published on the occasion of Aisha Tandiwe Bell’s solo exhibition at Welancora in 2020, this catalogue includes 30 color plates and text by Greg Tate and Diana McClure as well as an interview with Ivy N. Jones. The resulting collection reflects on Bell’s practice and how the work has evolved since her last solo show at the gallery in 2017. Tap the link in our bio to purchase your copy.

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The cover and interior pages from Akin: Aisha Tandiwe Bell (Welancora Gallery, 2021)

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Join us tomorrow at 2pm for this insightful discussion. Thank you to @kendraw123 for the opportunity. Looking forward to...
03/30/2021

Join us tomorrow at 2pm for this insightful discussion. Thank you to @kendraw123 for the opportunity. Looking forward to the conversation with these amazing women.

Ivy Jones’s photo courtesy #GraceRoselli for the #Pandorasboxxproject.
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Join us tomorrow at 2pm for this insightful discussion. Thank you to @kendraw123 for the opportunity. Looking forward to the conversation with these amazing women.

Ivy Jones’s photo courtesy #GraceRoselli for the #Pandorasboxxproject.
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#HakeemOlayinka: Our current exhibition, To Heal and Protect, includes new paintings by Hakeem Olayinka. In these new wo...
03/26/2021

#HakeemOlayinka: Our current exhibition, To Heal and Protect, includes new paintings by Hakeem Olayinka. In these new works, Olayinka focuses his attention on isolation and the anxiety that it creates. In, “Purple” and “Green”, he depicts his subjects adorned with or masked by his color palette. In “Too Early” the artist depicts himself in bed underneath a blanket seeking comfort and protection from the unknown in this time of crisis.

Welancora is excited to present To Heal and Protect. Drawing inspiration from the function of traditional East, West and Central African art, To Heal and Protect looks at the ways in which adornment resonates as cultural modes of protection, healing and soothing in contemporary society, through the divergent use of material in the work of Layo Bright, LaKela Brown and Hakeem Olayinka.

The exhibition will remain on view through May 22, 2021 by appointment only.

Follow the link in our bio to schedule an appointment.

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Images: “Too Early”, 2021.
“Purple”, 2021.
“Green”, 2021.

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#ToHealAndProtect
#Adornment
@LayoBright
@HakeemOlayinka
@LaKelaBrown

Humbled to be among an exceptional group of women featured in Grace Roselli’s Pandora’s BoxXProject. The Pandora’s BoxX ...
03/23/2021

Humbled to be among an exceptional group of women featured in Grace Roselli’s Pandora’s BoxXProject. The Pandora’s BoxX Project is a singular archive of womxn and nonbinary people in the fine-arts over the last six decades. The project’s extensive photography portrait series creates a direct-evidence timeline offering a unique perspective on recent cultural events and strives to impact the canon of contemporary art history. Thank you @suestoffelarts for making the connection.

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@helenramsaran
@superblakwoman
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@howardenapindell
@kimsajet
@awai1060

Portraits:
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Helen Evans Ramsaran
Howardena Pindell
Ming Smith
Aisha Tandiwe Bell
Ivy N. Jones
Nicole Awai
Fran Ledonio Flaherty
Kim Sajet

In our current exhibition, To Heal and Protect, LaKela Brown elevates the importance of 1980’s and 90’s African American...
03/22/2021

In our current exhibition, To Heal and Protect, LaKela Brown elevates the importance of 1980’s and 90’s African American inner-city youth culture by creating plaster wall relief sculpture of bamboo hoops, door-knocker earrings and heavy rope chains, as if to preserve these objects for future generations of sociologist and archeologists to reflect on their significance. These relief works evoke art forms such as hieroglyphic wall carvings, cuneiform relief tablets and ancient Egyptian amulets, while raising important questions about healing and protection through adornment as a cultural signifier of economic status, belonging and escapism.

To Heal and Protect is on view by appointment only until May 22, 2021. Visit the link in our bio to schedule an appointmet to view work by @layobright @lakelabrown and @hak.olayinka

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Welancora is excited to present To Heal and Protect.  Drawing inspiration from the function of traditional East, West an...
03/17/2021

Welancora is excited to present To Heal and Protect. Drawing inspiration from the function of traditional East, West and Central African art, To Heal and Protect looks at the ways in which adornment resonates as cultural modes of protection, healing and soothing in contemporary society, through the divergent use of material in the work of Layo Bright, LaKela Brown and Hakeem Olayinka.

An opening reception will take place by appointment only on Saturday, March 20 from 11am to 5pm.

The exhibition will remain on view through May 22, 2021 by appointment only.

Follow the link in our bio to schedule an appointment.

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Image: Hakeem Olayinka, Golden Girl, 2021, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 72 x 24 inches

#welancora
#ToHealAndProtect
#Adornment
@layobright
@hak.olayinka
@lakelabrown

Welancora is excited to present To Heal and Protect. Drawing inspiration from the function of traditional East, West and Central African art, To Heal and Protect looks at the ways in which adornment resonates as cultural modes of protection, healing and soothing in contemporary society, through the divergent use of material in the work of Layo Bright, LaKela Brown and Hakeem Olayinka.

An opening reception will take place by appointment only on Saturday, March 20 from 11am to 5pm.

The exhibition will remain on view through May 22, 2021 by appointment only.

Follow the link in our bio to schedule an appointment.

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Image: Hakeem Olayinka, Golden Girl, 2021, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 72 x 24 inches

#welancora
#ToHealAndProtect
#Adornment
@layobright
@hak.olayinka
@lakelabrown

Welancora is excited to present To Heal and Protect.  Drawing inspiration from the function of traditional East, West an...
03/17/2021

Welancora is excited to present To Heal and Protect. Drawing inspiration from the function of traditional East, West and Central African art, To Heal and Protect looks at the ways in which adornment resonates as cultural modes of protection, healing and soothing in contemporary society, through the divergent use of material in the work of Layo Bright, LaKela Brown and Hakeem Olayinka.

An opening reception will take place by appointment only on Saturday, March 20 from 11am to 5pm.

The exhibition will remain on view through May 22, 2021 by appointment only.

Follow the link in our bio to schedule an appointment.

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Image: Hakeem Olayinka, Golden Girl, 2021, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 72 x 24 inches

#welancora
#ToHealAndProtect
#Adornment
@layobright
@hak.olayinka
@lakelabrown

Welancora is excited to present To Heal and Protect. Drawing inspiration from the function of traditional East, West and Central African art, To Heal and Protect looks at the ways in which adornment resonates as cultural modes of protection, healing and soothing in contemporary society, through the divergent use of material in the work of Layo Bright, LaKela Brown and Hakeem Olayinka.

An opening reception will take place by appointment only on Saturday, March 20 from 11am to 5pm.

The exhibition will remain on view through May 22, 2021 by appointment only.

Follow the link in our bio to schedule an appointment.

_________________
Image: Hakeem Olayinka, Golden Girl, 2021, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 72 x 24 inches

#welancora
#ToHealAndProtect
#Adornment
@layobright
@hak.olayinka
@lakelabrown

Congratulations to @coletteveaseycullors and @debwillisphoto on their appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Apertu...
02/22/2021

Congratulations to @coletteveaseycullors and @debwillisphoto on their appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Aperture Foundation. Aperture was founded as “common ground for the advancement of photography” in 1952 by photographers, editors, and educators.

A multiplatform publisher and global community, almost seventy years later, Aperture advances photography as vital to society and contemporary culture, connecting audiences to visionary photographers and visual thinkers who shape our perceptions of the world.

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@welancora

“My projects create a patchwork representation of my generation and the Black experience living in the United States. I ...
02/12/2021

“My projects create a patchwork representation of my generation and the Black experience living in the United States. I felt it was my duty to document the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement; it represents the Black historic moment within my timeline, which connects me to my ancestors”.

-Christopher Cook

Welancora is pleased to present “AM I NEXT”, photographs by Christopher Cook from his Black Lives Matter Series. The exhibition will be on view by appointment only from tomorrow Saturday, February 13-April 10, 2021 from 11am to 5pm.

The work in the exhibition are moments captured by Cook at BLM protests in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody last spring. While the series consists of 180 photographs taken in New York City and Washington, D.C., only 15 images will be on view.

Follow the link in our bio to schedule an appointment.

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#Welancora
#Blacklivesmatter
#AMINEXT
@cook_studios

“My projects create a patchwork representation of my generation and the Black experience living in the United States. I ...
02/12/2021

“My projects create a patchwork representation of my generation and the Black experience living in the United States. I felt it was my duty to document the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement; it represents the Black historic moment within my timeline, which connects me to my ancestors”.

-Christopher Cook

Welancora is pleased to present “AM I NEXT”, photographs by Christopher Cook from his Black Lives Matter Series. The exhibition will be on view by appointment only from tomorrow Saturday, February 13-April 10, 2021 from 11am to 5pm.

The work in the exhibition are moments captured by Cook at BLM protests in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody last spring. While the series consists of 180 photographs taken in New York City and Washington, D.C., only 15 images will be on view.

Follow the link in our bio to schedule an appointment.

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#cook_studios
#Welancora
#Blacklivesmatter
#AMINEXT
@cook_studios

Pre-order the exhibition catalogue from our website for our current show of work by Aisha Tandiwe Bell. The catalogue in...
12/23/2020

Pre-order the exhibition catalogue from our website for our current show of work by Aisha Tandiwe Bell. The catalogue includes essays by Greg Tate and Diana McClure. The exhibition is on view until the end of December. We’re open today from 11am until 5pm and next week Tuesday and Wednesday. Happy Holidays!

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@welancora @avantgroidd @dianamcclurenyc

Who’s watching the watchers?
Engaging the art of Aisha Tandiwe Bell readily beckons this question given its privileging of the Black gaze—a doubled and troubled consciousness that constantly  casts it’s attentions and intentions  inwardly and outwardly with equal degrees of concentration.
At times looking upon the superbly wrought  introspective visages  of Bell  invokes a poignant Curtis Mayfield refrain—one which intersects with our position as mediating spectators:
Why don't you check out your mind
Been with you all the time?
People thinking they been took
Just finding out they overlooked

-Gregory Tate

We’re excited to announce that our current solo show of work by Aisha Tandiwe Bell @superblakwoman is extended until Dec...
12/09/2020

We’re excited to announce that our current solo show of work by Aisha Tandiwe Bell @superblakwoman is extended until December 31. View this and other work by Bell in person or through our viewing room on our website. Works from UNTITLED, Art Miami Beach 2020 are also in our viewing room.

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@Akin

Image:
Pull, 2012, graphite on paper, 10 x 12 inches

@HelenRamsaranIn a review of Helen Ramsaran’s solo exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Okwui Enwezor the late art...
12/04/2020

@HelenRamsaran

In a review of Helen Ramsaran’s solo exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Okwui Enwezor the late art critic and former Director of the Haus der Kunst stated that, “In her sculpture’s spindly, attenuated forms, the body’s essence fills the exhibition space with an explosive, troubling aura.  Connections to the body’s temporal habitat have been substituted with its flight from that cage. Ramsaran is an exquisite essayist of dreams, a poet of allegory and imagery quivering just on this side of the real.  The images are real alright, but in their hybrid otherworldliness, poised between the mineral and vegetal, they appear unconnected to any one realm of reality.  Their presence lacks the kind of punch that necessitates silence in the viewer.  It is through this form of visual speech in three dimensions that African sculptural influences most resolutely make their entrance.  For in African sculpture, the power of the work is not at all invested in the object, but rather in its aura; in its affinity within other spatial and associative meanings extraneous to the sculpture’s objecthood.”

Go to the link in our bio to view more work by Helen Evans Ramsaran at UNTITLED, Art Miami Beach OVR.

First image:Wounded Cutlasses, Bronze, 8 x 10 x 8 inches, 1991

Second image: Bird Woman, Bronze, 8 x 15 x 12 inches, 1992

Third image: The Soul of the House, Bronze, 10 x 13 diameter, 1995

Fourth image: Helen Ramsaran and Fred Wilson

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@superblakwoman: “In general art terms, I am an interdisciplinary artist. The materials shift according to the story I’m...
11/14/2020

@superblakwoman: “In general art terms, I am an interdisciplinary artist. The materials shift according to the story I’m compelled to tell. I am the vehicle it comes through. At the core, I am a figurative ceramicist. Clay is the medium that flows and absorbs time.”
-Aisha Tandiwe Bell

A presentation of new work by Aisha Tandiwe Bell is now open at Welancora. On view is a selection of mixed media paintings, drawings and small and large scale sculpture. Make an appointment through the link in our bio to see the work in person, or visit the viewing room on our site to learn more.

Image: My Hands Are Full, 2020, acrylic, Indian ink, graphite, charcoal dust, fired stoneware clay on wood

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