Wed December 8, 2021 - Sun February 27, 2022

Amoako Boafo - Soul of Black Folks

Amoako Boafo - Soul of Black Folks
Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah

Amoako Boafo - Soul of Black Folks features over twenty works created between 2018-2021. You may be aware of Boafo's rise in the art world, which has been meteoric. The most buzzed about break out artist at Art Basel 2019, his star has just continued to rise with a 2020 collaboration with Dior for their Spring/Summer 2021 Men Collection and much more.

This exhibition curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah is a timely exploration into the varying strategies that Boafo employs within his painting practice to capture the essence of the Black figure. Boafo creates paintings that actively center Black subjectivity, Black joy, and the Black gaze. The brushstrokes of his vibrant portraits are thick and gestural, the finger technique emphasizing the contours and luminous skin tone of the body. His subjects' accentuated and elevated figures are often isolated on single color backgrounds, their gaze the focal point to disrupt observation from canonical viewership. Really quite extraordinary.

Soul of Black Folks is presented in partnership with Contemporary Arts Museum Houston where it will travel in 2022. More below about the show in the press release.

Thread for a Web Begun is Malawi-born, Johannesburg-based artist, Billie Zangewa's (b. 1973) first solo museum exhibition as well and includes examples of the artist's work from the past 15 years, as well as new pieces made specifically for this presentation curated by Dexter Wimberly. Zangewa creates intricate collages composed of hand-stitched fragments of raw silk. These figurative compositions explore contemporary intersectional identity in an attempt to challenge the historical stereotype, objectification, and exploitation of the Black female form. A nice pairing with Boafo's work to be sure.

Image Credits:

Amoako Boafo, Bella Sontez, 2019. Oil on paper; Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles

Amoako Boafo, Golden Frames, 2019. Oil on paper; Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
Amoako Boafo - Soul of Black Folks
Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah

Amoako Boafo - Soul of Black Folks features over twenty works created between 2018-2021. You may be aware of Boafo's rise in the art world, which has been meteoric. The most buzzed about break out artist at Art Basel 2019, his star has just continued to rise with a 2020 collaboration with Dior for their Spring/Summer 2021 Men Collection and much more.

This exhibition curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah is a timely exploration into the varying strategies that Boafo employs within his painting practice to capture the essence of the Black figure. Boafo creates paintings that actively center Black subjectivity, Black joy, and the Black gaze. The brushstrokes of his vibrant portraits are thick and gestural, the finger technique emphasizing the contours and luminous skin tone of the body. His subjects' accentuated and elevated figures are often isolated on single color backgrounds, their gaze the focal point to disrupt observation from canonical viewership. Really quite extraordinary.

Soul of Black Folks is presented in partnership with Contemporary Arts Museum Houston where it will travel in 2022. More below about the show in the press release.

Thread for a Web Begun is Malawi-born, Johannesburg-based artist, Billie Zangewa's (b. 1973) first solo museum exhibition as well and includes examples of the artist's work from the past 15 years, as well as new pieces made specifically for this presentation curated by Dexter Wimberly. Zangewa creates intricate collages composed of hand-stitched fragments of raw silk. These figurative compositions explore contemporary intersectional identity in an attempt to challenge the historical stereotype, objectification, and exploitation of the Black female form. A nice pairing with Boafo's work to be sure.

Image Credits:

Amoako Boafo, Bella Sontez, 2019. Oil on paper; Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles

Amoako Boafo, Golden Frames, 2019. Oil on paper; Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
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