Monday, March 4, 2013

Like Contemporary Art Mixed With Graffit-Style? Shinique Smith Brings "Bold As Love" To Chelsea!

One of my most favorite artists for many years has a new exhibit at James Cohen Gallery in Chelsea.  Shinique Smith presents "Bold As Love" as the artist's combines her combined inspirations from drawn calligraphy, music, fashion and dance in her sculptural pieces, and love of graffiti in her paintings.  If you love street art and graffiti, you will love her work!  Luckily, I met Smith two years ago in Atlanta as she lectured at SCAD and showed a group of her latest works (at the time) on paper.  (I spoke with her and she signed one of her articles from I believe, Marie Claire magazine. Very happy.)
Smith has also been commissioned by the New York City MTA Arts For Transit to create a permanent public work in the new Mother Clare Hale Bus Depot in Harlem (Lenox Ave/146th St.)   This extensive project features a large scale mosaic across the facade and laminated glass windows throughout measuring over 6,600 feet of artwork.  Have a look at the exhibit and my close ups to see all of the details!
No Key, No Question, 2013, Ink, acrylic, fabric and collage on canvas over panel, 60 x 60", see my CLOSE UP  detailed images below.  A must see in person.
The Oldest Love, 2013, Ink, acrylic, and fabric collage on canvas over panel, 60 x 60"

As artist Kehinde Wiley observes, “The work of Shinique Smith navigates the leading edge of the written word. Her installations of extremely mixed visual signifiers marry literature, Islamic architecture, and hip hop music to investigate and expound the narrative capabilities of the language.”

Left: Love is a Dreamer, 2013, Artist’s clothing, fiber-fill, ribbon and string, 37 x 21"
Within a detail, 2013, Acrylic and fabric collage on wood panel, 48 x 48"

Also, a solo exhibition will be mounted at the MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON from October 2014 to March 2015.

The James Cohen Gallery is located at 533 W26th St. in Chelsea and runs thry March 24, 2013 & visit: