The FLAG Art Foundation: New Flower | Images of the Reclining Venus & Surface Tension, On view through December 12, 2015 545 West 25th Street, 9th & 10th Floors

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Thursday, September 17, 6-8pm
On view through December 12, 2015
545 West 25th Street, 9th & 10th Floors
Awol Erizku
New Flower | Images of the Reclining Venus

New Flower | Images of the Reclining Venus is a solo exhibition of photographs shot by Awol Erizku in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa in 2013. The images challenge the art historical role of the Venus and the odalisque in Western painting, setting these tropes against the reality of one of the largest concentrations of sex workers in Africa.
A ‘Conceptual Mixtape’ by Erizku, produced in collaboration with Los Angeles-based DJ SOSUPERSAM, plays throughout the exhibition and features music and soundbites from Kerry James Marshall’s “Elson Lecture: Kerry James Marshall: The Importance of Being Figurative” at the National Gallery of Art.
Surface Tension
El Anatsui, Mark Bradford, Kadar Brock, Cecily Brown, Sarah Crowner, Sam Gilliam, Sterling Ruby, Sean Scully, Ryan Sullivan, Lesley Vance, Rebecca Ward, Garth Weiser
Surface Tension features twelve artists whose approach to abstraction incorporates a range of materials, processes, and techniques – such as sanding, stitching, dying, and layering – to draw attention to the dynamic potential of a painting’s surface.
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Image Credits: Top: Awol Erizku. Brukawit, 2013. Digital Chromatic print. 40 x 50 inches. Edition of 3. Image courtesy the artist. Bottom: Sam Gilliam. Out, 1969. Acrylic on canvas, 113 ½ x 152 ½ x 2 inches. Image credit: Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Photography: Fredrik Nilsen

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