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Will Whitney

Will Whitney is writer who lives and works in New York.

ZANELE MUHOLI:
Visual Activism & Performa 17

Muholi speaks with missionary fervor, noting how important it is—especially in the divisive times that we find ourselves in—for her to put content out.

TERRY WINTERS:
Facts & Fictions

Featuring seventy-eighty drawings spanning from the 1980s to the present, the exhibition examines Winters’s history, his belief in linking abstraction with the real world, and challenging the perceptions around the two. However, rather than presenting the drawings as a retrospective, Claire Gilman’s curation emphasizes the morphological relationships between the works across time.

AL TAYLOR:
What Are You Looking At?

What Are You Looking At?—Al Taylor’s largest retrospective in the United States to date—confirms his reputation as an artist who does not cease to challenge his audience. The 150-piece exhibition explores and examines Taylor’s creative process: his love of rule breaking, appreciation of inexpensive materials, and his late-found belief in the importance of self-reliance.

BELKIS AYÓN:NKAME

The first emotion that hits upon entering NKAME is intrigue. Belkis Ayón died. She was 32. She killed herself.

NAOTAKA HIRO: Gibbous

Patience is often spoken of casually, but, in fact, it is a hard skill to master. In Gibbous, his fourth show at Brennan & Griffin, Naotaka Hiro has seemingly done just that. In making his latest works, Hiro lets his mind wander, exploring different ideas as they appear, in a patient meditation.

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

The exhibition's focus is on how Kahlo became a global icon through art and fashion, and as such, it neglects Kahlo's role as a painter, with only 11 paintings featured in a show of over 300 objects.

NINA CHANEL ABNEY:
Safe House/Seized the Imagination

The title of Nina Chanel Abney’s exhibition at Mary Boone, Safe House, caught my attention almost instantly. In such politically charged times, not making a statement is often a statement in itself.

MALICK SIDIBÉ:
Love Power Peace

Love Power Peace (the title comes from a James Brown album) exemplifies Sidibé’s magic, showcasing never seen before photos in an exhibition that confirms his status as a cultural icon.

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The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2019

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