THE ARTSY VANGUARD
PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DIOR
30 April 2018
The Artsy Vanguard is a new, annual list of the most influential talents shaping the future of contemporary art practice. Selected by Artsy’s team of editors—with insight from a global group of leading collectors, curators, and other influential members of the art world—the 50 featured artists range in age from 23 to 97 and hail from 18 countries; they create work that spans across media and addresses wide-ranging subject matter. Each, however, is reaching a crucial new stage in her or his career: whether that’s gaining representation by an influential gallery, landing their first group show at a museum, or finally seeing their career fêted with a retrospective at a major institution.
Renowned for its historic support of the arts, Dior joins forces with Artsy at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City from May 3–20. Dior and Artsy have enlisted talent from The Artsy Vanguard for an exhibition on the retail landmark’s second floor and unique window installations alongside looks from Dior’s Fall 2018 collection, which pays homage to Surrealist photographer Claude Cahun.
THE ARMORY SHOW
8-11 March 2018
The Black Ark | Solo Presentation
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery is delighted to mark its debut in the Gallery section of the Armory show, with a solo presentation of new works from the British Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor. A continuation of the artist's Constellations series - V, VI, and VII - will be revealed for the first time, alongside two new figurative paintings.
Breaking with conventional and traditional standards (white and opaque), Viktor’s solo booth is black and latticed. Titled The Black Ark, the site-specific installation unites artistic, design and architectural practice to explore notions of race, history, ownership and discovery. Referring to both marishibya veils and the fishnets of Liberian fisherman, the confined yet revealing space symbolically recaptures lost narratives, existing before the formation of artificial nations.
CROCKER ART MUSEUM COLLECTION
19 November 2017
Permanent Collection Acquisition
Lina Iris Viktor's work 'Came the devil so shrew in all his ways' has been acquired from 'Black Exodus: Materia Prima' at Amar Gallery, London by the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California and will be exhibited in February 2018 alongside works by Grafton Tyler Brown, Sam Gilliam, and Mickalene Thomas.
MARIANE IBRAHIM GALLERY NOW REPRESENTS LINA IRIS VIKTOR
9 June 2017
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery is delighted to represent British—Liberian, multidisciplinary artist Lina Iris Viktor.
Viktor’s work transcends mysticism in a post-colonial spectrum and in doing so; she reenacts a disruptive idea of primitivism. Misinterpreted and distorted, her interpretations reveal intelligence, beauty and perfection. Yet trapped in refuge and confinement, her reflections of post-modernist societies seem dark and threatened. By blackening her naked body, she inverts European notions of beauty and purity. Viktor poses with defiance . . .
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