Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Jordan Casteel's Colossal Paintings Make People of Color Impossible to Ignore

By Zoë Lescaze
“The Baayfalls,” by Ms. Casteel, is on view above the High Line through 2020.Credit...Timothy Schenck, via the High Line
When the artist Jordan Casteel arrived on campus as a college freshman, her mother marched her into the dining hall — not for a meal, but to greet the kitchen staff. They had met the president and dean, but these were the people, her mother explained, who would truly be taking care of her. Ms. Casteel recalls being shy, but her mother was right: The first person she approached, a baker named Betty, became a surrogate parent. This particular alchemy, the kind that begins with a nervous hello and transforms strangers into family, lies at the core of Ms. Casteel’s practice. Her first institutional show in New York — an exhibition of nearly 40 canvases spanning seven years — opens at the New Museum on Feb. 19. [More]
New Museum: Jordan Casteel: Within Reach (Feb. 19-May 24, 2020); 235 Bowery New York, NY; 212.219.1222;
Jordan Casteel in Harlem. This month, the artist will have her first institutional show in New York, at the New Museum.Credit...Josefina Santos for The New York Times
Cover Image: Jordan Casteel, Joe and Mozel (Pompette Wines), 2017. Oil on canvas, 90 × 78 in (228.6 × 198.1 cm). Private collection. Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York