Individual art works and exhibitions that hit the right note for me. Some are seemingly eternal while others are fleeting in their impact.
Apex by Arthur Jafa
800+ images drawn from popular culture referencing blackness through depictions of racialised violence, gore, horror-tinged scientific imagery, gruesome deep-sea creatures, outer-space scenes, insect close-ups — and then some — set to Minus, a pulsating techno track by Robert Hood. Unsettling, yet meditative, it’s what a PowerPoint would be on acid. Engrossing. Catch it if you can.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Alice Neel’s retrospective Collector of Souls at Kunstmuseum Den Haag revealed, at least to me, how portraits can pack power. When I fancied myself as a painter at art school, it was her work that inspired me. Seeing it up close and personal many years cemented my admiration for her work.
Love George Condo’s Windswept figure.