Friday, March 8, 2013

Zwelethu Mthethwa @ Jack Shainman Gallery

Not surprisingly, Jack Shainman has dry straight-on portraits of Africans looking blankly at the camera from interiors, dressed in nice traditional-looking clothes. It’s the kind of thing that Jack Shainman should stop doing. It’s great that they have so reliably shown artists of color and art about people of color, but if they don’t diversify, it starts do a disservice to everyone involved. Turning the gallery into a place that is more about race than it is about quality. Taking the artists from being represented by a front-line Chelsea gallery to being represented by a gallery that only shows work that deals with people of color, it’s like becoming the racial equivalent of a gallery that only represents photographers, and no one wants to be in a gallery that just represents photographers.

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