AKUNYILI TOPS LIST OF 10 BLACK ARTISTS TO CELEBRATE
Nigerian-born artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby has recently topped Artnet’s list of 10 Black artists to celebrate. “Akinyuli Crosby’s meticulous, large-scale collage paintings on paper have been widely lauded for charting positive portraits of intimate African experiences, running counter to typical narratives of diasporic trauma.”
Some of her outstanding achievements last year are a solo show at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; the New Museum’s Next Generation Prize and a listing as one of the year’s 100 global thinkers in Foreign Policy’s annual roundup.
The Norton Museum recently premiered her first institutional survey, I Refuse to Be Invisible, which opened January 28 and runs till April 24. This presentation of 15 paintings is Akunyili Crosby’s first solo exhibition at a museum. Here, her large-scale paintings and collages explore life as an African in America. “With an emphasis on the figure in familial, domestic settings, the artist creates compositions that appear as views into everyday life; yet, upon closer observation, are careful constructions that are subtly subversive.”
Akunyili Crosby received her BA with honours in 2004 from Swarthmore College before completing a Post-Baccalaureate at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2006. She earned her MFA in 2011 from Yale University.
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