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From New York to the Ivory Coast, 17 must-see exhibitions this winter and spring

“William Kentridge: Ode to Shadow” wasn’t in theaters when I was in LA (as of April 9th). This primary survey of his work at The Broad spans more than 35 years of his highly creative and unconventional, politically charged career . His focus has been on the legacy of colonialism, racism, and building resilience against these historical structures, and is personally inspired by his native South Africa. It is no exaggeration to say that he rewrote the artist’s script in painting, performance, tapestries, film animation, theater scenery, sculpture and directing. He also directed and produced sets for two operas at the Metropolitan Opera and other major opera houses around the world.

“Aida Muluneh: This Is Where I Am” (Public Art Fund, March 1-May ) brings over a dozen of the Ethiopian-born artist’s larger works – in locations throughout New York City, Boston, Chicago and Côte d’Ivoire Abidjan 138 bus shelters make for vivid and colorful photos. The images are deeply personal, inspired by her experience as an immigrant and refugee, and inspired by the different political systems she has experienced. You can’t miss this homage to religious iconography, surrealism and the studio portraits of talented West African photographer Malick Sidibé.

“REST OUR EYES” (curated by Tahirah Rasheed and Autumn Breon, January to June ) at ICA San Francisco. This is a newcomer to the neighbourhood, a non-collecting contemporary art museum dedicated to community, transparency and experimentation. The show showcases new and existing work on the liberation and celebration of black women, with an emphasis on leisure and adornment. Twenty artists made the point – including Deborah Willis, Jatovia Gary, Lauren Halsey, Lorna Simpson and Simone Leigh.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Minerva in Her Study 1635, 138. Oil on canvas. 138 x 35.5cm




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