COVID-19 GALLERY UPDATE
In light of the progression of the COVID-19 virus in New York City, and keeping with the current recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Center For Disease Control, Claire Oliver Gallery is temporarily closing our Harlem Gallery location, effective March 17.
Visits to the gallery may be arranged by appointment only. To schedule a private appointment to visit Bisa Butler’s exhibition, The Storm, the Whirlwind and the Earthquake, please email the Gallery at email@example.com.
Claire Oliver Gallery will continue to operate during this time; we are available by email or telephone to help you with any questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery as soon as we feel that it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, please visit our website and follow our social media channels for updates and news about our current exhibitions and artists.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time; we wish you and your family good health.
Bisa Butler solo exhibition @
The Storm, The Whirlwind, and the Earthquake
February 29 – April 25, 2020
“I create portraits of people that include clues of their inner thoughts, their heritage, their actual emotions, and even their future,” states Butler. “I represent all of my figures with dignity and regal opulence because that is my actual perspective of humanity.”
Almost Better Angels
January 18 – February 22, 2020
With brilliant color and dazzling beauty, Schaechter seduces the viewer to look closely at her work. The artist states: “Beauty is what has always captured the viewer’s attention and allows them to spend time with my work. Once involved, it is easier for them to read the content held just below the surface.”
I imagine myself as an Urban Shaman exploring both my familiar visible world and the hidden dimensions of other realms that lurk beneath the surface of daily life. The sense of personal cosmology in my practice grows from both experiencing and observing the details of everyday life and ritual. Artworks emerge out of the crossroads of life, history, memory, and imagination, a place between that suggest multiple layers of meaning.
Look Back @
UNTITLED, ART Miami Beach 2019
Tapping Into Moyo, our curated, site-specific exhibition created for UNTITLED, ART Miami Beach 2019 brought together the dynamic energies of two diverse voices speaking to the power of Moyo (soul) as driving life force. Leonardo Benzant and Adebunmi Gbadebo explored the intertwining of community and personal histories that inform an individual’s lengthy journey to tap into Moyo.
In The News:
Adebunmi Gbadebo @ Dhaka Art Summit 2020
“In the section Colonial Movements, where themes of indentured labour and the machismo of nation-building were explored, one work similarly stood out as a solemn memorial not only to a brute history, but to resilience against all odds. Adebunmi Gbadebo’s ‘True Blue’ series of silk screen prints on sheets constructed with beaten cotton linters and human hair collected from black barbershops, were hung across a wide wall: each sheet recalling documentations of genetic histories based on the archives of plantation owners, with the indigo-tinged hair dye referencing the history of slavery within Gbadebo’s maternal family history.”
– Radha Mahendru
Labels and text fragments, alongside champagne bottles, cars, watches, pistols, and bling make up the glistening flotsam and jetsam of media content, woven into the larger optical impression and allowing the viewer to contemplate their unique role to play in this challenge of globalized life.