Opens Fri, Nov 15, 6-8p:
Thierry Goldberg Gallery, 103 Norfolk St., NYC
“Ahuja references a variety of cultural traditions, including the arts of Africa, Asia, and America… she suggests that identity is not only fluid, but that it represents a layering of different guises—both real and fictional, historic and contemporary. Her work also demonstrates an interest in different types of marks and materials. She employs hand stamps, paints with brushes, and draws directly onto the collaged ground.” - National Portrait Gallery
“My self-portraits are “auto-mythic.” I define automythography as a process of identity formation that combines the real with the self-invented. I position myself within a history of Eastern and Western representation, reflecting my identity as an African American and South Asian American woman. My sources include Buddhist wall paintings and Mughal manuscript art.” - Mequitta Ahuja
opens Sunday, Jan 5, 6-8p:
Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, 327 Broome St., NYC (bt Bowery / Chrystie)
the exhibition presents an arrangement of sewn paintings surrounding an elevated, glazed terracotta tile floor, invites viewers into an installation whose function is expressed equally as stage-like viewing platform and distinct painterly composition, extending the exhibition across visual and tactile forms. Blue-green tiles, handmade with the artist in Guadalajara, Mexico, are organized into an amplified chevron pattern set atop a raised platform within the space of the gallery. Each tile, fired and glazed individually, conveys inconsistencies and irregularities in surface, color, and edge; furthering the artist’s engagement with the handmade. The viewer stands on the tiles in order to observe the paintings.
Untouched since the day she died, Louise Bourgeois’ New York home-cum-studio offers an intimate portrait of the artist (via Inside artist Louise Bourgeois’ New York home - Telegraph)