Monday, May 8

How Radical Can a Portrait Be?

Rico Gatson’s 'Nina,' from 2007, is on display at the Studio Museum in Harlem as part of 'Icons,' a solo exhibition of the artist’s recent works on paper.
"In March, I went to see the first Biennial to be held at the Whitney’s new building downtown, near the Hudson and the High Line, with an artist friend whom I knew to be the best kind of museum companion—entirely comfortable with splitting up until the end of the visit. We took the elevator together between floors but were otherwise invisible to one another until, after an hour or so, we left the exhibition and started to walk. As we went, my friend expressed his disappointment with the show. It wasn’t that the work was uniquely bad or ill chosen. ..."
New Yorker