Meet Nina Chanel Abney, one of the most provocative and iconoclastic 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.(1)
Nina Chanel Abney (b. 1982) is an American artist. She was born in Harvey, Illinois. She is an African American contemporary artist and painter who explores race, gender, and politics in her work. She attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and received a BFA with a dual major in studio art and computer science. Abney then received an MFA at the Parsons School of Design. She is best known for her colorful graphic large-scale paintings, four of which are included in the "30 Americans" exhibition of "works by many of the most important African-American artists of the last three decades", which has toured museums and galleries in America since 2008. Her work has also appeared the Whitney Museum, the Jack Shainman Gallery, as well as the Kravets Wehby Gallery in Chelsea.
Nina Chanel Abney lives and works in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Nina Chanel Abney | filmed by Out of Sync | New York Sept 2015
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync
Text(1) | Catalogue text Nasher Museum of Art
Artworks courtesy | Nina Chanel Abney
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