The Chicago-born artist’s work is as entrenched in political discourse as it is in pop culture.
The late civil rights activist and Black arts patron Peggy Cooper Cafritz has bestowed the “largest gift ever made of contemporary art by artists of African descent” to the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
2017 was a strikingly strong year for all kinds of figurative representation and portraiture: contemporary, midcentury, imagined, caricatured, oil-painted, and drawn.
Abney locates much of her work on the recognition that abuse and violence are an integral part of the everyday consciousness of people of color.
Recurrent throughout 8 Painters are stylings on past painterly marks and movements, not so much placed in quotations as absorbed into a work’s facture.