DAVID HAMMONS - The WIne Leading the Wine - 1969TRAVELING TO TORONTO? Stop by Art Gallery Ontario (AGO) in Toronto, Canada, where a pair of solo exhibitions featuring British artist Hurvin Anderson and Chicago artist Theaster Gates are on view this summer. Both are also exhibiting in Europe. There is a Gates exhibition in Milan, Italy, and “Hurvin Anderson: Dub Versions” is at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham.

While in the UK, London has a number of must see shows, including “Making & Unmaking,” curated by fashion designer Duro Olowu at the Camden Art Centre; “Miss Black and Beautiful,” Autograph ABP’s tribute to photographer Raphael Albert at Rivington Place; and “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” at the Tate Modern.

Elsewhere, for “The Addis Show” at Addis Ababa University, U.S.-based Julie Mehretu is exhibiting her work for the first time in Ethiopia, where she was born. In Athens, “David Hammons: Give Me a Moment” at The George Economou Collection, presents rarely seen works (including his 1969 body print “The Wine Leading the Wine,” above right) and is being promoted as the first major David Hammons show in Greece and his first survey show in Europe.

The following selections provide a snapshot of some of the exhibitions on view around the world this summer featuring artists of African descent, many of whom are based in the United States. CT


IMAGE: Top right, DAVID HAMMONS, “The Wine Leading the Wine,” 1969 (body print). | Private collection. Photo by Bill Orcutt via White Cube Gallery


Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga - Oubliez le passé
EDDY KAMUANGA ILUNGA, “Oubliez le passé et vous perdez les deux yeux,” 2016 (acrylic and oil on canvas). | via Goodman Gallery

1. EDDY KAMUANGA ILUNGA @ October Gallery, London | June 30-July 30, 2016

Isaac Julien - Playtime

2. “ISAAC JULIEN: Playtime and Kapital” @ Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico | July 30, 2016

JULIE MEHRETU - Conjured Parts (tongues) - 2015
JULIE MEHRETU, “Conjured Parts (tongues),” 2015 (ink and acrylic on canvas). | via Modern Art Museum Gebre Kristos Desta Center

3. “JULIE MEHRETU: The Addis Show” @ Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | July 8-Aug. 6, 2016

Zohra Opoku -  Ficus Carica
ZOHRA OPOKU, “Ficus Carica,” 2015 (screen-print on textile). | via Gallery 1957

4. “ZOHRA OPOKU: Sassa @ Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana | June 9-Aug. 10, 2016”

HURVIN ANDERSON - Flat Top - 2008
HURVIN ANDERSON, “Flat Top,” 2008 (oil on canvas). | Thomas Dane, London. Courtesy Art Gallery Toronto

5. “HURVIN ANDERSON: Backdrop” @ Art Gallery Ontario, Toronto, Canada | May 19-Aug. 21, 2016

Installation view of Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu at Camden Arts Centre, 2016. Photo: Mark Blower

6. “Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by DURO OLOWU” @ Camden Arts Centre, London | June 19-Sept. 18, 2016

HURVIN ANDERSON - Is It Ok To Be Black? - 2016
HURVIN ANDERSON, “Is It Ok To Be Black?” 2016. | Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London via New Art Exchange

7. “HURVIN ANDERSON; Dub Versions” @ New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK | July 2-Sept. 18, 2016

Raphael Albert, Miss Black & Beautiful Sybil McLean with fellow contestants, Hammersmith Palais, London, 1972.
RAPHAEL ALBERT, “Miss Black & Beautiful Sybil McLean with fellow contestants, Hammersmith Palais, London,” 1972. From the portfolio “Black Beauty Pageants.” | Courtesy of © Raphael Albert/Autograph ABP via Autograph ABP

8. Autograph ABP presents “RAPHAEL ALBERT: Miss Black and Beautiful” @ Rivington Place, London | Jul. 8–Sep. 24, 2016

INstalltion View - Thinking Black - A Montage of Black Art in Britain
Installation view of “Thinking Back. A montage of Black Art in Britain,” Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands | Photo by Peter Cox via Van Abbe Museum

9. “The 1980s Today’s Beginnings? – Thinking Back. A montage of Black Art in Britain” @ Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands | April 16–Sept. 25, 25, 2016

Isaac Julien, Homage Noir, from Looking for Langston - Vintage series,
ISAAC JULIEN, “Homage Noir, from Looking for Langston (Vintage series).” | © Isaac Julien via The Photographer’s Gallery

10. “Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity @ The Photographer’s Gallery, London | July 15-Sept. 25, 2016

THEASTER GATES - True Value - Foundation Prada
THEASTER GATES, Installation view of “True Value” at the Prada Foundation, Milan | Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio via Prada Foundation

11. “THEASTER GATES: True Value” @ Prada Foundation, Milan, Italy | July 7-Sept. 26, 2016

David Hammons - Give Me a Moment - Installation view The Georg Economou Collection
Installation view of DAVID HAMMONS” Give Me a Moment at George Economou Collection. At right, “The Wine Leading the Wine,” 1969 (body print). | Photo by Natalia Tsoukala via The Georg Economou Collection

12. “DAVID HAMMONS: Give Me a Moment” @ The George Economou Collection, Athens, Greece | June 13-Sept. 30, 2016

Who's Afraid of Barney Newman 1968 Frank Bowling born 1936 Presented by Rachel Scott 2006 https://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T12244
FRANK BOWLING, “Who’s Afraid of Barney Newman,” 1968 (oil on canvas). | © Frank Bowling. Tate Collection, Presented by Rachel Scott 2006. via Tate Modern

13. “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” @ Tate Modern, London | July 12-Oct. 22, 2016

EL ANATSUI, Detail of “Skylines,” 2008 (aluminum and copper wire). | Photo Jonathan Greet. Courtesy OctoberGallery London, via Trapholt Museum

14. “Star of Africa: Monumental Works by El Anatsui” @ Trapholt Museum for Moderne Kunst, South Jutland, Denmark | March 17-Oct. 23, 2016.

Yinka Shonibare MBE, The British Library. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, Co-commissioned by HOUSE 2014 and Brighton Festival, Photographer  Jonathan Bassett.
YINKA SHONIBARE MBE, “The British Library,” | Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, Co-commissioned by HOUSE 2014 and Brighton Festival, Photographer: Jonathan Bassett via Turner Contemporary

15. YINKA SHONIBARE MBE @ Turner Contemporary, Kent, England | March 22-Oct. 30, 2016

Gates - House Head Liberation Training still 3
THEASTER GATES, “House Heads Liberation Training,” 2016 (Still from color video footage). | © 2016 Theaster Gates. Photo: Chris Strong Photography

16. “THEASTER GATES: How to Build a House Museum” @ Art Gallery Ontario (AGO), Toronto, Canada | July 20-Oct. 30, 2016

Glenn Ligon - Untitled - Bruise-Blues
GLENN LIGON, “Untitled (Bruise/Blues),” 2014 (neon and paint), Installation view, blank projects, Woodstock main road, Cape Town | via Stevenson Gallery

17. “The Quiet Violence of Dreams,” a group show featuring Glenn Ligon, Zanele Muholi, Lyle Ashton Harris, among others, on view simultaneously @ Stevenson Gallery (Cape Town, Johannesburg) and blank projects (Cape Town), South Africa | July 21-Aug. 27, 2016

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