remember a few months ago when i said that black artists are in turnt mode these last few years? welp, that reign just won’t let up! yesterday the new museum opened the first us solo show for nigerian-brit artist chris ofili!
though he’s been around since the 90s, ofili is a new name for me. a quick google image search had me jumping out of my skin about this exhibit! as a mickalene thomas stan, i’m partial to large scale work textured with fabric, rhinestones, hair, etc. furthermore, who can deny some serious brownskinned girl homage? i mean…hello?!
i could attempt to describe his work in person to you, but who am i kidding? there are no words. the show doesn’t close until january 25th, but you get your butts down there asap!
the new museum usually costs $16, but since coins are precious, you should visit on thursdays aka suggested donation day aka free if you’re hard up. the museum’s thursday special runs from 7-9pm, but there’s always a line, so get-there-ear-ly! this is not a show to miss.
i know it’s hard to keep tabs on all of the black artists churning out amazing work, but luckily there’s someone doing it for you. kim drew over at black contemporary art is the epitome of #BeKnowin. follow! follow! follow!
…and speaking of that new-new…
*editor’s note: this is super in advance, but kehinde wiley and basquiat will have huge shows at the brooklyn museum next year. wiley opens february 20th and basquiat, april 3rd. i totally get both artists are overhyped/oversaturated/over everything, but this is history. mark your calendars.