Friday, November 20, 2020

Derek Fordjour, From Anguish to Transcendence

By Siddhartha Mitter
“Pall Bearers,” 2020, was inspired by the ornate funeral of George Floyd in Houston.  Derek Fordjour and Petzel
Mr. Fordjour often depicts Black athletes and performers — dancers, riders, rowers, drum-majors — as strivers who navigate the ambiguities that come with their achievement, and the racial scrutiny that accompanies visibility in the mainstream culture. At 46, by art-world metrics, Mr. Fordjour is already registering. He was a market sensation in 2019 with a noteworthy sale at Phillips, where “Agency and Regulation (study)” went for $137,500, double its estimate. At the Frieze art fair he sold a suite of 10 paintings to Jay-Z and Beyoncé. This year brought his first full-fledged museum show, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. [More]

"Self Must Die"  Through Dec. 19 at Petzel Gallery, 456 West 18th Street, Manhattan; 212- 680-9467, A puppet show, “Fly Away,” is performed twice daily.
Derek Fordjour outside his studio in an industrial building in the Bronx, where the artist was preparing for a solo show at Petzel Gallery. Rafael Rios for The New York Times