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Gray is a leading art gallery with locations in Chicago and New York promoting contemporary artists and presenting modern masters since 1963.

ON VIEW | GRAY is pleased to be presenting at Art Basel Miami Beach in the Galleries and Kabinett sectors. Visit us at B...
07/12/2023

ON VIEW | GRAY is pleased to be presenting at Art Basel Miami Beach in the Galleries and Kabinett sectors. Visit us at Booth D11.

Jean Arp
McArthur Binion
Richard Diebenkorn
Jim Dine
Torkwase Dyson
Theaster Gates
Alex Katz
Joan Mitchell
Robert Motherwell
Jaume Plensa
Richard Pousette-Dart
Leon Polk Smith
Evelyn Statsinger
Bob Thompson

Art Basel is open to the public through Sunday, December 10. Pictured: Installation view, GRAY at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2023.

THIS WEEK | This week marks the opening of the 2023 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. Featured in GRAY’s booth (D11), Th...
06/12/2023

THIS WEEK | This week marks the opening of the 2023 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. Featured in GRAY’s booth (D11), Theaster Gates’s Malaga Vitrine #2, 2019, exemplifies the artist’s commitment to material and cultural production and preservation, especially as it relates to historical and contemporary power dynamics.

With an arrangement of found and studio-made objects placed behind glass, Gates assembles a loose narrative intended to provoke questions of cultural representation and knowledge production, particularly within museological displays. Gates makes these concerns explicit in Malaga Vitrine #2 by placing objects of ambiguous origin together in a wall-mounted vitrine.

Malaga Vitrine #2 was an integral work in Gates’s 2019-2020 exhibition, Amalgam, which debuted at the Palais de Tokyo and later traveled to Tate Liverpool. This exhibition explored the social histories of migration and in*******al relations during a specific episode in American history – the little-known story of Malaga Island off the coast of Maine. Until 1912, Malaga was a self-sufficient maritime community home to a small community of Black, white, and mixed-race people from the end of the Civil War. But as racism remained largely unchecked, in 1912, Malaga’s residents were evicted from their homes by the state’s governor so that the island might be transformed into a desirable tourist destination. Malaga’s tourism market was never developed after the evictions took place, and the island remains uninhabited to this day.

Pictured: Theaster Gates, Malaga Vitrine #2, 2019. To explore GRAY’s presentation, click the link in bio.

THIS WEEK | This week marks the opening of the 2023 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. Featured in GRAY’s booth (D11), Th...
04/12/2023

THIS WEEK | This week marks the opening of the 2023 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. Featured in GRAY’s booth (D11), Theaster Gates’s Malaga Vitrine #1, 2019, exemplifies the artist’s commitment to material and cultural production and preservation, especially as it relates to historical and contemporary power dynamics.

With an arrangement of found and studio-made objects placed behind glass, Gates assembles a loose narrative intended to provoke questions of cultural representation and knowledge production, particularly within museological displays. Gates makes these concerns explicit in Malaga Vitrine #1 by placing objects of ambiguous origin together in a wall-mounted vitrine.

Malaga Vitrine #1 was an integral work in Gates’s 2019-2020 exhibition, Amalgam, which debuted at the Palais de Tokyo and later traveled to Tate Liverpool. This exhibition explored the social histories of migration and in*******al relations during a specific episode in American history – the little-known story of Malaga Island off the coast of Maine. Until 1912, Malaga was a self-sufficient maritime community home to a small community of Black, white, and mixed-race people from the end of the Civil War. But as racism remained largely unchecked, in 1912, Malaga’s residents were evicted from their homes by the state’s governor so that the island might be transformed into a desirable tourist destination. Malaga’s tourism market was never developed after the evictions took place, and the island remains uninhabited to this day.

Pictured: Theaster Gates, Malaga Vitrine #1, 2019. To explore GRAY’s presentation, click the link in bio.

PREVIEW | GRAY returns to Art Basel Miami Beach for its 2023 edition with presentations in the Galleries and Kabinett se...
20/11/2023

PREVIEW | GRAY returns to Art Basel Miami Beach for its 2023 edition with presentations in the Galleries and Kabinett sectors (Booth D11).
In the Galleries sector, GRAY features artists from its Modern and contemporary programs, including works by Jean Arp, McArthur Binion, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Torkwase Dyson, Theaster Gates, Philip Guston, Alex Katz, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Jaume Plensa, Richard Pousette-Dart, Leon Polk Smith, Evelyn Statsinger, and Bob Thompson.

In the Kabinett sector, GRAY exhibits Torkwase Dyson’s newest series of collage-based works. In a process-oriented exploration of surface and form, Dyson builds up and scrapes away paint, pencil, and graphite medium to create textured surfaces on paper. Topographical in their material and evocative of shifts in terrain, Dyson’s surfaces range from thick impasto to flowing inks. The compositions are grounded by strong abstract forms that brace the edge of the page, with each contour a reference to Dyson’s conceptual lexicon of forms that she refers to as “Black Compositional Thought.”

Visit us at Art Basel Miami Beach, Booth D11, from December 6 - 11, 2023.

Pictured: Torkwase Dyson, Freedom at All Scales (Multi Scalar Future), 2023.

ON VIEW | Now on view at the Frist Art Museum, Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage features feature...
16/11/2023

ON VIEW | Now on view at the Frist Art Museum, Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage features features more than eighty collage and collage-informed works by 52 intergenerational living artists – including GRAY artists McArthur Binion and Rashid Johnson – that reflect the breadth and complexity of Black life today.

The use of different materials inherent in the collage process is a way of expressing the multiple facets that combine to create unique and layered personhoods. Multiplicity examines how concepts such as cultural hybridity, beauty, gender fluidity, and historical memory are expressed in the practice of collage. By assembling pieces of paper, fabric, and other often-salvaged or repurposed materials, the artists in this exhibition create unified compositions that express the endless possibilities of Black-constructed narratives despite our fragmented society. The exhibition is on view through December 31.

Pictured: Installation views of Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage, Frist Art Museum, 2023. Image courtesy of Frist Art Museum, Nashville. Photo: John Schweikert

ON VIEW | Jim Dine’s Landscape Screen (Sky, Sun, Grass, Snow, Rainbow), 1969, is currently on view in the exhibition, Pa...
15/11/2023

ON VIEW | Jim Dine’s Landscape Screen (Sky, Sun, Grass, Snow, Rainbow), 1969, is currently on view in the exhibition, Paraventi: Folding Screens from the 17th to 21st Centuries, curated by Nicholas Cullinan at Fondazione Prada in Milan.

The exhibition charts the evolution of standing screens, known as “paraventi” in Italian, from their roots in Asia to the object’s current role in contemporary art. Paraventi: Folding Screens from the 17th to 21st Centuries investigates the histories of folding screens by tracing trajectories of cross-pollination between East and West and processes of hybridization between different art forms.

Paraventi: Folding Screens from the 17th to 21st Centuries is on view at Fondazione Prada in Milan until February 22, 2024.

Pictured: Exhibition view of “Paraventi: Folding Screens from the 17th to 21st Centuries”
Fondazione Prada, Milan Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Alessandro Saletta – DSL Studio Courtesy of Fondazione Prada

CLOSING SOON | On the occasion of the 12th edition of the Seoul Mediacity Biennale, THIS TOO IS A MAP, Torkwase Dyson pr...
14/11/2023

CLOSING SOON | On the occasion of the 12th edition of the Seoul Mediacity Biennale, THIS TOO IS A MAP, Torkwase Dyson presented her installation, I Belong to the Distance 3, (Force Multiplier), 2023. The Biennale, open through November 19, explores the idea of non-territorial thinking in the context of displacement, diaspora, and multi-situated alliances, and how individual localities contain their own divergent and mutating histories in Seoul and beyond.

Dyson's abstract works are visual and material systems that examine the continuity between ecology, infrastructure, and architecture. With an emphasis on the ways black and brown bodies perceive and negotiate space as information, Dyson looks to spatial liberation strategies from historical and contemporary perspectives, seeking to uncover new understandings of the potential for more livable geographies.

Pictured: Torkwase Dyson, I Belong to the Distance 3, (Force Multiplier), Preview of the 12th Seoul Mediacity Biennale, 2023. Photo: GLIMWORKERS. Courtesy of Seoul Museum of Art.

ON VIEW | Now on view at GRAY New York, So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77  draws from the archives of Roy...
13/11/2023

ON VIEW | Now on view at GRAY New York, So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77 draws from the archives of Roy Lewis, Bob Crawford, and K. Kofi Moyo, three members of the United States delegation to FESTAC, one of the most significant, yet lesser known, cultural events of the twentieth century. Also known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, this Pan-African festival, which convened in Lagos, Nigeria, in early 1977, brought together around 17,000 artists from African countries and Black diaspora communities across the world.

Pictured: 1-3. Installation view of So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77: Roy Lewis, K. Kofi Moyo, Bob Crawford, 2023 at GRAY New York.

FINAL DAY | Alex Katz: Autumn closes tomorrow at GRAY Chicago (2044 W Carroll Ave).“These paintings started with a walk ...
10/11/2023

FINAL DAY | Alex Katz: Autumn closes tomorrow at GRAY Chicago (2044 W Carroll Ave).

“These paintings started with a walk I took in the morning in New York City. I looked up and saw all these colored leaves against a blue sky. They were relatively small trees, and the leaves stood out distinctly. I felt a sensation of brightness and tried to paint this sensation. Using those leaves, I was able to make these really bright paintings.” - Alex Katz

Plan your visit or explore the viewing room online via the link in bio.

Pictured: Alex Katz, Autumn 17, 2023.

TOMORROW | Join us at GRAY New York this Saturday, November 4th from 3-5 PM for the ADAA’s Upper East Side Gallery Walk....
02/11/2023

TOMORROW | Join us at GRAY New York this Saturday, November 4th from 3-5 PM for the ADAA’s Upper East Side Gallery Walk.

Curated by Romi Crawford, So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77 unveils visual documentation of one of the most significant, yet lesser known, cultural events of the twentieth century: the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, held in Lagos, Nigeria. Known as FESTAC, this Pan-African festival, which convened in early 1977, brought together around 17,000 artists from African countries and Black diaspora communities across the world. The exhibition draws from the archives of Roy Lewis, Bob Crawford, and K. Kofi Moyo, three members of the United States delegation to FESTAC.

Pictured: Installation view of So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77: Roy Lewis, K. Kofi Moyo, Bob Crawford, 2023 at GRAY New York.

TOMORROW | The National Portrait Gallery will see the return of its five-star exhibition, David Hockney: Drawing from Li...
01/11/2023

TOMORROW | The National Portrait Gallery will see the return of its five-star exhibition, David Hockney: Drawing from Life. The anticipated exhibition opens again tomorrow after being staged for just 20 days before the Gallery’s closure due to Covid in March 2020.

The exhibition explores the artist’s work over the last six decades through the intimate portraits of five sitters: his mother, Celia Birtwell, Gregory Evans, Maurice Payne and the artist himself. His familiarity with the sitters enables him to work with a range of mediums and styles, from pencil, pen and ink and crayon, to photographic collage and the iPad. The 2023 exhibition will also debut a selection of over thirty new portraits depicting friends who visited the artist’s Normandy studio between 2021 and 2022.

Pictured: 1. Harry Styles, 31st May 2022 by David Hockney. Acrylic on canvas. 1219.2 x 914.4 mm © David Hockney. Photo: Jonathan Wilkinson, Collection of the artist; 2. David Hockney Painting Harry Styles, (With Portrait of Clive Davis), Normandy Studio, 1st June 2022. Photo: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima.

ART PANEL | This Saturday evening at Northwestern’s Abbot Hall, renowned author and cultural critic Roxane Gay joins GRA...
01/11/2023

ART PANEL | This Saturday evening at Northwestern’s Abbot Hall, renowned author and cultural critic Roxane Gay joins GRAY principal Valerie Carberry and entrepreneur Eric McKissack for a special panel discussion about art collection, curation, and museum space. Organized by the Black Arts Consortium, the dialogue will take place on Saturday, November 4, from 4 - 5:30 PM CDT.

Roxane Gay is a renowned American writer, professor, editor, and social commentator, and the author of The New York Times best-selling essay collection, Bad Feminist. A trustee of The Art Institute of Chicago, Eric T. McKissack is an investment executive, entrepreneur, and independent board member whose civic engagements include the boards of The Arts Club of Chicago, Terra Foundation, Berkeley Haas School of Business, and the Grand Victoria Foundation.

"On Contours of Collecting Black Art Now: Roxane Gay in Conversation” is an in-person event that will take place at Abbott Hall at Northwestern University, located at 710 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. Mark your calendars and come prepared for an enlightening and thought-provoking discussion! Event link in bio.

ON VIEW | Newly installed at the University of Notre Dame’s Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, Jaume Plensa’s Endless, 2023, s...
31/10/2023

ON VIEW | Newly installed at the University of Notre Dame’s Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, Jaume Plensa’s Endless, 2023, serves not only as a monument, but as a celebration of life. As Plensa describes, Endless “recalls the impact of monumentality and power of repetition from antiquity to Postmodernism” and is “a portrait of humanity in the absence of the human figure.”

The work of Jaume Plensa often employs language as a metaphor for the shared humanity of the world’s seemingly disparate cultures. Influenced by both varying and universal forms of communication, Plensa’s sculpture speaks to the depth and beauty of the human experience through language. In Endless, Plensa employs characters from Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, and Latin alphabets that form a tower, seemingly to join earth and sky. Inspired by his visits to the University of Notre Dame and its stated academic mission, Plensa examines the quest for knowledge and truth as a noble, ongoing endeavor across time and around the world.

Pictured: Jaume Plensa, Endless, 2023. PC: Chris Strong.

ON VIEW | Conceived as a sanctuary for banned books, Theaster Gates’s Altar for the Unbanned, 2023, is a sculpture that ...
19/10/2023

ON VIEW | Conceived as a sanctuary for banned books, Theaster Gates’s Altar for the Unbanned, 2023, is a sculpture that embodies Chicago’s cultural resilience and resistance and has become a haven for creativity and critical thinking. “The psychological devastation used to disregard important literature is worse than the full destruction of the books,” Gates says. “Instead, books are boxed, tossed and often made visible in a neglected state where they are treated like cheap and unnecessary inventory. Altar for The Unbanned is my attempt at honoring the writers of books that have been banned and to celebrate these books as an act of national heritage, intellectual and cultural freedom and sacred for the development of minority people and ideas. Altar for The Unbanned anchors the sanctuary’s concept at home while exploring the impact of banning books.”

Permanently on view at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago, Altar for the Unbanned, 2023, was commissioned by the Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as part of the Library’s Book Sanctuary initiative that collectively declares all of Chicago’s public libraries as Book Sanctuary. This artwork highlights the City’s public commitment to freedom of speech and creative expression and supporting the freedom to read, learn and discover.

Pictured: Theaster Gates, Altar for The Unbanned, 2023, Harold Washington Library Center, in Chicago, Illinois. PC: Chris Strong.

NEXT WEEK | Join us for the public opening of “So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77: Roy Lewis, K. Kofi Moyo...
18/10/2023

NEXT WEEK | Join us for the public opening of “So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77: Roy Lewis, K. Kofi Moyo, Bob Crawford” at GRAY New York, next Thursday, October 26, from 6-8 PM.

Curated by Romi Crawford, Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77 unveils visual documentation of the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, held in Lagos, Nigeria. Also known as FESTAC, this Pan-African festival, which convened in early 1977, brought together around 17,000 artists from African countries and Black diaspora communities across the world. Photographs by Bob Crawford, K Kofi Moyo and Roy Lewis document the US delegation’s travel to Nigeria; the Olympic-style parade that marked the opening of FESTAC; intimate gatherings, planning meetings, and social events; Lagos’s contemporary architecture and performances.

So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77 will be on view at GRAY New York, from October 26 - December 22, 2023.

Pictured: Roy Lewis, The Crowd at National Stadium on Opening Day of FESTAC, 1977.

ON VIEW | Now on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, David Hockney is the subject of his first large-scale sol...
17/10/2023

ON VIEW | Now on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, David Hockney is the subject of his first large-scale solo museum exhibition in Japan in 27 years.

The long-awaited survey was conceived as a result of the ongoing relationship between the artist and the museum and presents a selection of 120 works, including the artist’s Arrival of Spring series and a new 300-foot-long iPad drawing. This exhibition, which traces over 60 years of Hockney's career through a diverse selection of representative works, will be the most comprehensive exhibition on the artist ever held in Japan.

Pictured: Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1970-71, Acrylic on canvas, 213.4 x 304.8 cm, Tate: Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1971 © David Hockney

ON VIEW |  “These paintings started with a walk I took in the morning in New York City. I looked up and saw all these co...
16/10/2023

ON VIEW | “These paintings started with a walk I took in the morning in New York City. I looked up and saw all these colored leaves against a blue sky. They were relatively small trees, and the leaves stood out distinctly. I felt a sensation of brightness and tried to paint this sensation. Using those leaves, I was able to make these really bright paintings.” - Alex Katz

Alex Katz has painted figures and landscapes in equal measure throughout his career. Expressed at great scale and in vivid color, the paintings exhibited in Autumn present enveloping compositions measuring as wide as fourteen feet. “I started to think about the environmental landscapes [as] being really an environment that wraps around you,” as Katz notes, “There is no narrative. You’re dealing with perception.”

Alex Katz: Autumn is currently on view at GRAY Chicago. Plan your visit via the link in bio.

1. Installation view of Alex Katz: Autumn, 2023, at GRAY Chicago; 2. Alex Katz, Autumn 10, 2023.

ARTIST TALK | Today, Torkwase Dyson joins Lynnée Deniseto, a global practitioner of sound, language, and Black Atlantic ...
15/10/2023

ARTIST TALK | Today, Torkwase Dyson joins Lynnée Deniseto, a global practitioner of sound, language, and Black Atlantic thought, in conversation at Tate Liverpool. Their dialogue serves as a special activation of Dyson’s sculptural installation, Liquid A Place, 2021, and marks the temporary closure of Tate Liverpool following the end of the Liverpool Biennial 2023, uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things.

Dyson and Denise discuss the principle of uMoya meaning spirit, breath, air, climate, and wind through the lens of the Blues, followed by a Q&A. Torkwase Dyson will also read from her forthcoming book of poems “A Dark Plunge,” published by GRAY, to discuss the effect of abstraction and why hauntology is fundamental to her form. DJ Lynnée Denise will read excerpts from her new book Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters, discussing vocal genius in the Blues, improvisation, and the force of q***r Black imagination.

Pictured: Torkwase Dyson, ‘Liquid a Place’, 2021. Liverpool Biennial 2023 at Tate Liverpool. Courtesy of Liverpool Biennial. Photography by Stuart Whipps.

FORTHCOMING | Curated by professor and cultural theorist Romi Crawford, “So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’7...
13/10/2023

FORTHCOMING | Curated by professor and cultural theorist Romi Crawford, “So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77: Roy Lewis, K. Kofi Moyo, Bob Crawford” unveils visual documentation from the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. Also known as FESTAC ‘77, the Pan-African festival was one of the most significant, yet lesser known, cultural events of the twentieth century. Held in Lagos in 1977, FESTAC brought together around 17,000 artists from African countries and Black diaspora communities across the world.

The exhibition, opening at GRAY New York on October 26, draws from the archives of Roy Lewis, Bob Crawford, and K. Kofi Moyo, three members of the United States delegation to FESTAC. Members of the Black Arts Movement in Chicago, Lewis, Crawford, and Moyo each embarked on careers of documenting momentous social and political developments. As curator, Crawford is “interested in placing these archives side by side, staging the related subject matter and happenings that resonate between them.”

Bob Crawford documented black life on the city’s South Side throughout the 1960s and 70s. Lewis started his career as a freelance photographer for publications such as Jet and Ebony, and recorded the historic 1974 match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire. Photojournalist K. Kofi Moyo’s extensive archive of street photography and photojournalism chronicles some of the most pivotal moments of the period, including the Chicago uprising after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pictured: 1. Bob Crawford, Untitled (Sun Ra at FESTAC 1977), 1977; 2. Bob Crawford, Untitled (Miriam Makeba at FESTAC 1977), 1977.

Learn more via the link in bio.

ON VIEW | Alex Katz: Autumn is now on view at GRAY Chicago (2044 W Carroll Ave) through October 28.Expressed at great sc...
12/10/2023

ON VIEW | Alex Katz: Autumn is now on view at GRAY Chicago (2044 W Carroll Ave) through October 28.

Expressed at great scale and in vivid color, the paintings exhibited in Autumn present Alex Katz’s enveloping compositions of the changing season, some measuring as wide as fourteen feet. While Katz’s Autumn series relies on a bright fall palette, other paintings in the exhibition, from the related series Field's End and Tree Top, present quieter responses to the landscape in muted greens, yellows, and grays. Alex Katz: Autumn follows the artist’s lauded career retrospective, Gathering, which opened at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in the fall of 2022.

Learn more via the link in bio.

Pictured: 1. Installation view of Alex Katz: Autumn, 2023, at GRAY Chicago; 2. Alex Katz, Autumn 27, 2023

CLOSING SOON | On view through October 8, Jaume Plensa: La Part du Sacré presents nearly twenty notable works by the art...
06/10/2023

CLOSING SOON | On view through October 8, Jaume Plensa: La Part du Sacré presents nearly twenty notable works by the artist at Musée Beaux-Arts and across the city of Mons, Belgium.

The exhibition is distributed across a series of important civil and religious sites throughout the city – Grand-Place, Chapelle Saint-Georges, Jardin du Mayeur, and Collégiale Saint Waudru – and features some of Plensa’s most notable public works, including Heart of Trees, 2007, Double Roots, 2017, White Nomad, 2021, and Invisibles, 2018.

Pictured: Installation views of Jaume Plensa: La Part du Sacré, 2023.

UPCOMING | Opening on October 26 at GRAY New York, So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77 draws from the archi...
05/10/2023

UPCOMING | Opening on October 26 at GRAY New York, So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77 draws from the archives of Roy Lewis, Bob Crawford, and K. Kofi Moyo, three members of the United States delegation to FESTAC ‘77.

Also known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, FESTAC ‘77 was a Pan-African festival held in Lagos that brought together around 17,000 artists from African countries and Black diaspora communities across the world. Artists, dancers, fashion designers, ceramicists, and musicians were assembled, including Faith Ringgold, Audre Lorde, and Stevie Wonder.

Curated by Romi Crawford, Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77 unveils visual documentation of the US delegation’s travel to Nigeria; the Olympic-style parade that marked the opening of FESTAC; intimate gatherings, planning meetings, and social events; Lagos’s contemporary architecture, and performances.

So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ’77 will be on view at GRAY New York from October 26 - December 22, 2023.

Pictured: Roy Lewis, FESTAC 77 United States of America and Red, Black and Green Flag, 1977; Roy Lewis, National Theater Night Time, Flags of All Countries, 1977.

ARTIST FEATURE | In a brand new episode of the podcast, A Brush With…, Torkwase Dyson joins The Art Newspaper’s Ben Luke...
04/10/2023

ARTIST FEATURE | In a brand new episode of the podcast, A Brush With…, Torkwase Dyson joins The Art Newspaper’s Ben Luke to talk about her greatest influences—including writers, musicians, and film-makers, as well as artists such as Kiki Smith and Saidiya Hartman—and the cultural experiences that have shaped her life and work.

Dyson, a Chicago native, uses abstraction as a means of exploring what she describes as “the ways Black and brown bodies perceive and negotiate space as information.” In her in-depth interview with Ben Luke, Dyson reflects on her concept of Black Compositional Thought and the “hypershapes” that appear in her work. Dyson elaborates on the profound role of the senses and embodiment in her practice, and acknowledges the rigor and discipline that underpin it. She describes the seismic effect on her of the paintings of Mary Lovelace O’Neal, reflects on her admiration of the work of Tony Smith and his daughter, fellow artist Kiki Smith, explains the effect of the writer Saidiya Hartman’s reflections on her work, and the music of Scott Joplin.

Pictured: 1. Torkwase Dyson. Credit: Weston Wells; 2. Torkwase Dyson, From the Water There is Power (Black Liquidity) 4, 2023.

To listen to the full episode of “A Brush With…Torkwase Dyson,” click the link in bio.

TOMORROW | Join us at GRAY Chicago for “Autumn: Coffee and Conversation,” an intimate walkthrough of the exhibition, Ale...
29/09/2023

TOMORROW | Join us at GRAY Chicago for “Autumn: Coffee and Conversation,” an intimate walkthrough of the exhibition, Alex Katz: Autumn, led by gallery principal Valerie Carberry. “Autumn: Coffee and Conversation” will take place on Saturday, September 30, from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Pictured: Installation view of Alex Katz: Autumn, 2023.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | “We had come on faith, not knowing what was going to happen, but all the artists from all the co...
29/09/2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | “We had come on faith, not knowing what was going to happen, but all the artists from all the countries had one thing in common: we wanted it to be a success, we wanted to be all together in one place at least once in our lifetimes. And we did it.” —Roy Lewis

GRAY is pleased to announce So Be It! Asé! Photographic Echoes of FESTAC ‘77: Roy Lewis, K. Kofi Moyo, Bob Crawford. Curated by Romi Crawford, the exhibition unveils visual documentation of one of the most significant, yet lesser known, cultural events of the twentieth century: the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, held in Lagos,
Nigeria. Known as FESTAC, this Pan-African festival, which convened in early 1977, brought together around 17,000 artists from African countries and Black diaspora communities across
the world.

The exhibition draws from the archives of Roy Lewis, K. Kofi Moyo, and Bob Crawford, three members of the United States delegation to FESTAC. To read the full release, tap the link in bio.

Pictured: Bob Crawford, Untitled (FESTAC 1977), 1977; Bob Crawford, Untitled (Jeff Donaldson at FESTAC 1977), 1977

ON VIEW | Torkwase Dyson, I Belong to the Distance 3, (Force Multiplier), is now on view in the 12th edition of the Seou...
27/09/2023

ON VIEW | Torkwase Dyson, I Belong to the Distance 3, (Force Multiplier), is now on view in the 12th edition of the Seoul Mediacity Biennale, THIS TOO IS A MAP. The Biennale, on view through November 19, explores the idea of non-territorial thinking in the context of displacement, diaspora, and multi-situated alliances and how individual localities contain their own divergent and mutating histories in Seoul and beyond.

Dyson's abstract works are visual and material systems that examine the continuity between ecology, infrastructure, and architecture. With an emphasis on the ways Black and Brown bodies perceive and negotiate space as information, Dyson looks to spatial liberation strategies from historical and contemporary perspectives, seeking to uncover new understandings of the potential for more livable geographies.

Pictured: Torkwase Dyson, I Belong to the Distance 3, (Force Multiplier), Preview of the 12th Seoul Mediacity Biennale, 2023. Photo: GLIMWORKERS. Courtesy of Seoul Museum of Art.

UPCOMING | On the occasion of Chicago Exhibition Weekend, GRAY is excited to present “Coffee and Katz,” an intimate walk...
25/09/2023

UPCOMING | On the occasion of Chicago Exhibition Weekend, GRAY is excited to present “Coffee and Katz,” an intimate walkthrough of the exhibition, Alex Katz: Autumn, led by gallery principal Valerie Carberry. “Coffee and Katz” will take place on Saturday, September 30, from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Presented by Gertie and EXPO Chicago, the inaugural Chicago Exhibition Weekend (CXW) celebrates visual arts organizations across the city from September 29 through October 1. The weekend will bring together over 50 galleries, institutions, and artist-run spaces to present exhibitions that encourage everyone from seasoned collectors to those new to engaging with Chicago’s visual arts scene to explore unique programs, extended hours, and more. CXW will also welcome the city’s next generation of talented business, civic, and philanthropic leaders to engage with gallerists, artists, and curators through community dinners, programming, and a closing celebration that aims to cultivate the relationships needed for the city’s arts scene to continue to thrive.

Pictured: 1, 3-4. Installation views of Alex Katz: Autumn, 2023.
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Founded in Chicago in 1963 and now located both in Chicago and New York, Richard Gray Gallery is one of the leading dealers in modern and contemporary American and European art, with museum as well as private clients worldwide.