ARTIST NINA CHANEL ABNEY’S DOPE SOLO IN LOS ANGELES
By Erin White
October 5, 2018
“Royal Flush” is the debut solo museum exhibition by contemporary Black artist Nina Chanel Abney (b. 1982). A 10-year survey of the Chicago-born painter’s work, “Royal Flush” explores the complex social dynamics of urban life, Black identity and storytelling through big-canvas oils, watercolors, and collages. Informed by the mainstream news media, hip-hop and celebrity culture, video games, and tabloid magazine Abney paint frenzied, dynamic scenes featuring unapologetic figure paintings, stream-of-consciousness messaging to stimulate internet immediacy and the inescapable 24-hour news cycle. With smart commentary and sharp, January satire, “Royal Flush” presents viewers with scathing commentary about the world around them.
“Royal Flush” is on exhibition now through January 20, 2019 jointly at the Institute of Contemporary Art and the California African American Museum.