Royal Flush is the first solo museum exhibition of Chicago-born artist Nina Chanel Abney (b. 1982), and a 10-year survey of the artist’s provocative paintings, watercolors and collages. Unapologetically revitalizing narrative figure painting, Abney has been branded as one of the “Next Irascibles” by Paper Magazine.
The exhibition is organized by Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. A comprehensive, fully-illustrated hardcover catalogue with critical essays has been published by the Nasher Museum and distributed by Duke University Press.
CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER
FEBRUARY 10, 2018 - MAY 6, 2018
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES
& CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 - JANUARY 20, 2019
NEUBERGER MUSEUM OF ART, PURCHASE COLLEGE, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
APRIL 7, 2019 - AUGUST 4, 2019
HOT TO TROT. NOT.
Nina Chanel Abney sometimes moves her pictorial practice from her studio to public spaces by painting immense murals on city walls. For her first commission by a French institution, Abney will take over a series of walls integral to the architecture of Palais de Tokyo and transform them into in situ frescoes.
Between abstraction and figuration, bright colours and greyscale, bold lines and airy forms, Nina Chanel Abney’s paintings capture the energy and the tensions that underpin our era of undifferentiated streams of true and false information, abuses of power and questions of gender and identity.
Painting for an open source age, Abney draws on multiple references which she samples and remixes in order to create a new language inflected by elements of popular culture, from satirical cartoons to graffiti and hip hop, as well as politics, entertainment and the history of art. These signs, languages and events are assembled into opaque narratives that are often punctuated by words and sounds from the contemporary world, from political slogans to slang. Her compact compositions are often created with the help of stencils: like emoticons, these simplify forms even as they usher in complex, ‘2.0’ emotions.
Curator : Hugo Vitrani
PALAIS DE TOKYO, PARIS
FEBRUARY 16, 2018 - SEPTEMBER 9, 2018
THE SCHOOL, JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, KINDERHOOK, NEW YORK
MAY 20, 2018 - OCTOBER 6, 2018