BALTIMORE-BORN, Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams is working with two new galleries. Luxembourg & Dayan and Salon 94 announced their collaborative representation of Adams Sept. 5. His multidisciplinary practice spans painting, collage, sculpture, video, sound, and performance. Adams will continue to be represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago.

Described by the galleries, Adams’s practice “engages the ways in which individuals’ ideals, aspirations, and personae become attached to specific objects, colors, textures, symbols, and ideologies. His work probes the influence of popular culture on the formation of self-image, and the relationship between man and monument as they coexist and embody one another. Adams is also deeply immersed in questions of how African American experiences intersect with art history, American iconography, and consumerism.”

Adams is incredibly productive, juggling multiple exhibitions, projects, collaborations, and installations. In 2019, he has had solo exhibitions at Luxembourg & Dayan and Mary Boone Gallery in New York City, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago. Vigo Gallery of London also mounted a solo presentation of his work at Frieze New York in May.

Recently, Adams has collaborated with Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, unveiled a mural outside the entrance to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, and installed “America’s Playground” on the beach during Miami Art Week.

Adams earned a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Columbia University. Recent opportunities include a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (2019) and a Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship (2018). In 2016, Adams won the Studio Museum Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize. He has exhibited internationally and his work is represented in the collections of major museums.

“[Derrick] Adams is also deeply immersed in questions of how African American experiences intersect with art history, American iconography, and consumerism.”

“We are honored and thrilled to be able to work with Derrick Adams and with each other, in a way that brings all of our respective talents, networks, and areas of expertise to the forefront,” Amalia Dayan of Luxembourg & Dayan and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn of Salon 94 said in a joint statement.

“Through his wonderful art and his passionate advocacy of other creators, Derrick is helping to expand the narrative to accurately reflect the integral role black artists have played in shaping American culture.”

Luxembourg & Dayan has locations in New York and London. Salon 94 has three spaces in New York—two in the Bowery and one on the Upper East Side.

The galleries will host their first collaborations with Adams in 2020. At its Savile Row space in London, Luxembourg & Dayan will present a solo exhibition with the artist in Winter 2020. Coinciding with that gallery show, Salon 94 will debut selections from a new body of work by Adams at Frieze Los Angeles art fair, which opens to the public Feb. 14, 2020.

In the meantime, Adams has an exhibition opening in his hometown of Baltimore later this month. “Where I Am From” will feature 10 paintings inspired by the artist’s decades-old family photos. The exhibition will be on view at the Baltimore City Hall Gallery, Sept. 20-Nov. 22, 2019. CT

 

IMAGE: Above right, Derrick Adams. | Photo by Mark Poucher

 

FIND MORE about Derrick Adams on his website

 


From left, DERRICK ADAMS (b. 1970), “Interior Life (Figure 11),” 2019 (acrylic paint, pencil, fabric, on paper, 24 x 18 inches / 61 x 45.7 cm.); and “Interior Life (Figure 3),” 2019 (acrylic paint, pencil, fabric, on paper, 24 x 18 inches / 61 x 45.7 cm.). | Both © Derrick Adams, Courtesy Luxembourg & Dayan, New York and London

 


Featured in “Where I’m From — Derrick Adams” at The Gallery in Baltimore City Hall opening Sept. 20 2019. Shown, DERRICK ADAMS, “Family Portrait #3,” 2019 (oil on canvas). | © Derrick Adams, Courtesy the artist

 

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