Njideka Akunyili Crosby Named in TIME’s 100 Most influential People in the World
TIME has named Njideka Akunyili Crosby in the first-ever TIME 100 Next, a new expansion of the TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world. The list highlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, health, science and activism, and more.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s works have sold for millions at auctions. However, in 2018, it was possible to see one at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art free of charge. The visual artist was the second person to be chosen to create a mural on the walls of the museum itself, which was visible from Grand Avenue’s sidewalk. It featured brightly coloured scenes of domestic life: in one section, a woman rests her elbow on a table, seemingly deep in thought. Akunyili Crosby, who moved to the US from Nigeria in her teens, is known for such scenes, some of which are autobiographical and incorporate references to both countries. “I’m really looking at how [Nigeria and the U.S.] are complex hybrid spaces,” she tells TIME.
Akunyili Crosby’s work will also be on view in the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia through November 24, 2019. Created specifically for the exhibition and on view in the Arsenale in Venice, the artist’s new series revisits her earlier interest in portraiture, exploring the legibility of the body as a surface, in which aspects such as hair, skin, clothing, and jewellery resonate culturally and historically.
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