With the opening of Art Basel Miami Beach less than two days away, New York’s Jack Shainman Gallery announced this morning that it will now show the superb young painter Nina Chanel Abney and have her work on offer at the fair, which runs Wednesday through Sunday at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Abney, who was born in Chicago in 1982 and works in New York, has garnered attention in recent years for large-scaled, brightly colored, tightly geometricized figurative paintings whose subjects range from punchy riffs on art-historical tropes (bathers, religious iconography) to disturbing depictions of police brutality against people of color. The flat shapes of Stuart Davis and late Henri Matisse are a potent inspiration.
Previously represented by Kravets/Wehby in New York, where she had a solo show in 2015, Abney has also had recent exhibitions at Monique Melouche Gallery in Chicago and Galeria Rabieh in São Paulo, and was also featured in the Whitney Museum’s “Flatlands” exhibition earlier this year. In 2017 she will have a solo show at the Nasher Museum at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Book your tickets now!