Friday, November 20, 2020

Nina Chanel Abney Imagines a Queer Black Utopia

By Erica Rawles
Nina Chanel Abney’s “Femme Games” (2020).Credit...© Nina Chanel Abney. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
By the beginning of this year, the artist Nina Chanel Abney’s studio, a 1,500-square-foot space in a multiuse building in Jersey City, N.J., that she’s rented since 2018, had begun to feel like a storage room. Abney, 38, is known for large-scale paintings with densely layered compositions and fragmented narratives that touch on topics including politics, race, policing, sexuality and celebrity. Graphic, angular figures that resist categorizations of race and gender appear against boldly colored backgrounds overlaid with large geometric shapes and fields of vibrant patterns [More]