Thursday, November 19, 2020

Apollo Magazine Announces Toyin Ojih Odutola as Artist of the Year

By Samuel Reilly

Toyin Ojih Odutola, photographed in 2019. Photo: Beth Wilkinson

Toyin Ojih Odutola’s series A Countervailing Theory began, the artist has explained, with a single ‘wandering charcoal line’. It’s a phrase that calls to mind a number of similar expressions of spontaneity over the course of modern art history (think of Paul Klee ‘taking a line for a walk’), but in the case of Ojih Odutola, it still comes as something of a surprise. Ojih Odutola’s gift for world-building has set her apart as a graphic artist of extraordinary imaginative power in recent years. By refusing to claim the final word, Ojih Odutola embraces a process by which her creations will continue to speak long after she has stopped working on them. [More
This is How You Were Made; Final Stages from A Countervailing Theory (2019), Toyin Ojih Odutola. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; © Toyin Ojih Odutola