Night Journey (1969 —70) belongs to Frank Bowling’s Map series (1966 – 71), a group of mostly abstract paintings composed of broad fields of color into which the artist placed the continents of Australia, South America, and Africa. Here, the barely discernible shapes of South America, in red at center left, and Africa, in blue and pink and center right, hover in his luminous composition. The yellow area between them evokes the Atlantic Ocean, the maritime highway that facilitated exchange and, most importantly for Bowling, the slave trade. Using the conventions of modern painting about 1969 — 70 in New York, where he worked at the time, the artist evokes the displacement and migration of Africans.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
At the Surround Audience Triennial exhibit going on now at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, photos and sculptures by Korean artist Onejoon Che, a former military police photographer, explore the faux Soviet socialist-realist style of sculptures produced by a contemporary North Korean art studio specializing in the construction of massive public monuments in Africa. At once poignant and comic, these images touch upon military and economic geopolitics.
Emmanuel Fremin Gallery is currently exhibiting a portfolio of 15 large photographs shot by Julian Lennon during his travels through Kenya and Ethiopia as part of his involvement in the Water and The White Feather Foundation initiative for Africa.
Happy Girl (Top), Wheels of Fortune (Bottom)
While I was admiring these, a guy standing behind me asked if I knew where they were taken. “I think they were taken in Africa,” I replied, “No,” he interjected, “They were taken on the Moon.” What an ass.
I really like this one.
You can see that Julian has an amazing talent for composition and capturing the human spirit.
This exhibit will be up for all of April so make a point to check it out.
Julian Lennon Horizon will be on Exhibit Through May 2nd, 2015 at Emanuel Fremin Gallery, Located at 547 W. 27th Street #510, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
The People, 27 Flag Grid By Fred Wilson, 2010 (All Photos By Gail)
It’s funny how I am always ‘just discovering’ artists that have been around for decades, and then once I see their work, I start seeing it all over. It happens all the time. For example, I was just vacationing in Boston last month and paid a visit to that city’s really fantastic Museum of Fine Arts, which everybody should visit. In the contemporary art wing at the MFA, I became enchanted with this work by Fred Wilson called Lago’s Mirror, which is a huge, ornate wall mirror made up of layers of black glass. It was so totally my thing and I stared at it for about ten minutes. Art! Continue reading Fred Wilson, Sculptures, Paintings and Installations 2004 – 2014 at Pace Gallery→