Duke University Museum of Art Nina Chanel Abney : Royal Flush exhibition catalogue

Nina Chanel Abney : Royal Flush

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'an exemplary catalog from a small museum. Its plentiful reproductions vividly trace the headlong first decade of the work of Nina Chanel Abney, a promising painter whose bright, stenciled surfaces draw equally from dire current events and modernist art.' - New York Times

Nina Chanel Abney exhibition

This catalogue accompanies the exhibition Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush, a ten-year survey of one of the most provocative artists working today. Abney is at the forefront of a generation of artists that is unapologetically revitalizing narrative figurative painting, and as a skillful story-teller, she visually articulates the complex social dynamics of contemporary urban life. Her works are informed as much by mainstream news media as they are by animated cartoons, video games, hip-hop culture, celebrity websites, and tabloid magazines.

She draws on these sources to make paintings replete with figures, numbers, and words that appear to have tumbled onto the canvas with the stream-of-consciousness immediacy of text messages, pop-up windows, a Twitter feed, or the scrolling headlines of an incessant twenty-four-hour news cycle. By engaging loaded topics and controversial issues with irreverence, humor, and lampooning satire, Abney's works are both pointed contemporary genre scenes as well as scathing commentaries on social attitudes and inequities. 

One of the New York Times' art books of the year (2017)

  • Author: Marshall N. Price
  • Paperback: 124 pages | 150 color illustrations
  • Date published: May 2017
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0938989417
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.9 cm

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