Park Avenue Armory, New York
Our return to The Art Show—presented by ADAA—features a solo booth of new works by Nicholas Hlobo that capture his newfound engagement with acrylic paint—a medium that he has not employed since his days as an art student. The solo presentation marks the first time that Hlobo’s work will be featured in New York in more than four years.
Hlobo’s use of acrylic builds a new complexity into his signature multi-media canvases, combining historically-specific materials to explore race, gender, and identity—specifically, his identity as a Black, gay man—within the context of his South African heritage.
Paired with the selection of paintings is Hlobo’s 2017 sculpture Jong’ emva rhamncwa ndini. Made of painted leather, wood, ribbon, steel, a mannequin, a skull, and horns, the work is an exceptional example of the way Hlobo combines human and animal forms with evocative material selections.
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