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VENICE 2019 — GIARDINI

The Giardini section of the 2019 Venice Biennale includes a selection of mostly new work by Nicole Eisenman, Kaari Upson, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Joi Bittle and Dominique Gonzalez–Foerster, Jill Mulleady, and Hito Steyerl.

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

Through November 24.

Giardini della Biennale

Venice.

From top: Nicole Eisenman, Morning Studio, 2016, oil on canvas, courtesy and © the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Kaari Upson, There is No Such Thing as Outside, 2019, HD video (still), courtesy and © the artist, Sprüth Magers, and Massimo de Carlo; Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mama, Mummy and Mamma2014, acrylic, color pencils, charcoal and transfers on paper, courtesy and © the artist and Victoria Miro, London; Joi Bittle and Dominique Gonzalez–Foerster, Martian Dreams Ensemble, 2018, diorama detail, courtesy and © the artists; Jill MulleadyThis Connection is Not Private, 2018, oil on linen, courtesy and © the artist and Freedman Fitzpatrick; Hito Steyerl, Leonardo’s Submarine, 2019, three-screen video, courtesy and © the artist and installation photographer Naomi Rea.

HILTON ALS — A COLLECTIVE PORTRAIT OF JAMES BALDWIN

“Troubled times get the tyrants and prophets they deserve. During our current epoch, the revival of interest in author James Baldwin has been particularly intense. This is in part due, of course, to his ability to analyze and articulate how power abuses through cunning and force and why, in the end, it’s up to the people to topple kingdoms.

“As a galvanizing humanitarian force, Baldwin is now being claimed as a kind of oracle. But by claiming him as such, much gets erased about the great artist in the process, specifically his sexuality and aestheticism, both of which informed his politics.” — Hilton Als*

GOD MADE MY FACE—A COLLECTIVE PORTRAIT OF JAMES BALDWIN—a group show curated by Hilton Als, featuring the work of Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Alvin Baltrop, Beauford Delaney, Marlene Dumas, Ja’Tovia Gary, Glenn Ligon, Alice Neel, Cameron Rowland, Kara WalkerJane Evelyn Atwood, and James Welling—is on view through mid-February.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Metrograph and Als will present a series of films featuring Baldwin through the years, at home and abroad.

GOD MADE MY FACE—

A COLLECTIVE PORTRAIT OF JAMES BALDWIN*

Through February 16.

David Zwirner

525 and 533 West 19th Street, New York City.

HILTON ALS ON JAMES BALDWIN FILM SERIES

Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2.

Metrograph

7 Ludlow Street, New York City.

See “The Energy of Joy: Hilton Als in conversation with David Bridel and Mary-Alice Daniel,” PARIS LA 16 (2019): 217–221.

From top: Marlene Dumas, James Baldwin, 2014, from the Great Men series exhibited at Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, image credit: Marlene Dumas and Bernard Ruijgrok PiezographicsBeauford Delaney, Dark Rapture, 1941, oil on canvas; Alvin Baltrop, The Piers (man sitting), 1975-1986, photograph; Richard AvedonJames Baldwin, writer, Harlem, New York, 1945, © The Richard Avedon Foundation; Ja’Tovia Gary, An Ecstatic Experience, 2015, video still; Jane Evelyn AtwoodJames Baldwin with bust of himself sculpted by Larry Wolhandler, Paris, France, 1975 (detail), gelatin silver print. All images courtesy David Zwirner.

THE LIES THAT BIND

In a conversation moderated by Erin Christovale of the Hammer Museum, Kwame Anthony Appiah and Njideka Akunyili Crosby will discuss twenty-first-century identity politics and the appropriation of culture.

Anthony Appiah is The Ethicist columnist for the New York Times , and Akunyili Crosby is one of the many artists featured in the new documentary The Price of Everything.

 

THE LIES THAT BIND—RETHINKING IDENTITY

Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 pm.

Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 West 5th Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Above image credit: W.W, Norton.

Below: Kwame Anthony Appiah, on couch, surrounded by his sisters and parents, 1969. Image courtesy of the author.

PEGGY COOPER CAFRITZ

Peggy Cooper Cafritz—the Washington, D.C., collector of African-American art, salonist, activist, fundraiser, co-founder of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and just-published author—died last week in the capital.

Her 2018 book FIRED UP! READY TO GO!—FINDING BEAUTY, DEMANDING EQUITY brings together images of more than 200 works of art that were lost in a 2009 house fire, as well as the art Cooper Cafritz had collected in the years since the catastrophe.

The Cooper Cafritz collection includes pieces by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Alma Thomas, Norman Lewis, Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, El Anatsui, Yinka Shonibare, Nick Cave, Kehinde Wiley, Glenn Ligon, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae WeemsNoah Davis, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Titus KapharNjideka Akunyili Crosby, and Toyin Ojih Odutola.

PEGGY COOPER CAFRITZ, FIRED UP! READY TO GO!—FINDING BEAUTY, DEMANDING EQUITY: AN AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE IN ART, THE COLLECTIONS OF PEGGY COOPER CAFRITZ (New York: Rizzoli , 2018).

Contributors to the book’s text include Thelma Golden, Simone Leigh, Uri McMillan, Jack ShainmanTschabalala Self.

From top: Torkwase Dyson, Strange Fruit (Blue Note), 2015, acrylic on board; Romare Bearden, Prince Cinque (Maquette), 1976, felt pen with watercolor and collage on graph paper; Jas Knight, Autumn, 2015, oil on linen; Loren Holland, The Messenger, 2005, oil on paper; Noah Davis, Black Widow, 2007, acrylic and gouache on canvas; Nina Chanel Abney, Untitled, 2012. All images © the artists, courtesy the Estate of Peggy Cooper Cafritz, and Rizzoli.

NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY

Njideka Akunyili Crosby is wrapping MOCA this year—the second artist to reimagine the museum’s Grand Avenue façade—and this weekend she will give a talk covering her projects and practice.

 

NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY, Sunday, February 4, at 3 pm.

MOCA GRAND AVENUE, 250 Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

moca.org/njideka-akunyili-crosby

Njideka Akunyili, ‘The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born’ Might Not Hold True For Much Longer, 2013. Image credit: Nasher Museum of Art.

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