Black Matters
in cooperation with Octavio Zaya
Radcliffe Bailey, Nick Cave, Barkley L. Hendricks, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Lorraine O’Grady, Dread Scott, Carrie Mae Weems
16 September – 4 November 2017


Preview: Friday, 15 September 2017, 6-9pm 


Some things and some words can carry meanings that have larger lives of their own, regardless of the meanings that we ordinarily ascribe to them. But unless we are parts of these things – such as social bodies or movements – or use those words in a historically specific way, we cannot pretend that we have the authority to speak in their names, in the case of things, nor can we deny their intrinsic history, in the case of words. The exhibition Black Matters originates in this understanding, and follows a direction that does not try to approach the subject in a vacuum, beyond history, nor does it try to speak for the subject.

The circumstances under which the exhibition has been constructed began with the current and pervasive interest that African and African-American artists, and other artists of African descent, have been garnering in Europe, particularly through mainstream museums and gallery exhibitions, biennials, prestigious prizes, specialized coverage, and collectors. This positive reception from providers and consumers of contemporary culture contrasts sharply with the increasingly restrictive European policies toward African immigrants. It has also been used opportunistically and cynically, particularly by those who deny the widespread and expanding racism within Fortress Europe. […]


Press release (PDF, 150 kb)

Pressemitteilung (PDF, 150 kb)


Thank you to Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, Alexander Gray Associates, New York and Galleria Pack, Milano.

Carrie Mae Weems
“In the Mountains of Santiago de Cuba”, 2002
gelatin silver print
framed 79,05 x 79,05 x 5,1 cm
© Carrie Mae Weems
Carrie Mae Weems
“Untitled (Woman walking along railroad tracks)”, 2003
gelatin silver print
framed 52,7 x 52,7 x 4,44 cm
Edition 2 of 5, with 2 artist proofs
© Carrie Mae Weems
Radcliffe Bailey
Transplant, 2016
photograph printed on aluminum with glitter and acrylic paint
framed 186,99 x 123,49 x 5,08 cm
© Radcliffe Bailey
Radcliffe Bailey
“Western”, 2015
mixed media on paper
framed 150,31 x 210,18 x 09,82 cm
signed, titled, and dated on verso
© Radcliffe Bailey
Nick Cave
“Untitled”, 2015
mixed media including cast-iron figure, ceramic birds, strung beads and metal flowers
235 x 101,6 x 88,26 cm
© Nick Cave, photo by James Prinz Photography
Barkley L. Hendricks
“JohnWayne”, 2015
oil and acrylic on canvas
framed 180,97 x 180,97 x 8,25 cm
© Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks
Barkley L. Hendricks
“Passion Dancehall #5”, 2016
oil and acrylic on linen
189,23 x 189,23 cm
signed and dated 3/8/2016 on verso
© Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks
Dread Scott
“Burning the US Constitution”, 2011
(Gallery archive no.:DSc-11-0001)
Archival pigment prints, Triptych
framed 67,31 x 50,8 cm
© Dread Scott
Lorraine O’Grady
“Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire Shouts Out Her Poem)”, 1980-83/2009
From the series: “Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire)”, 1980-83/2009
Silver gelatin fiber print
127 x 101,6 cm
© Lorraine O’Grady
Lorraine O’Grady
“The Fir-Palm”, 1991 / 2012
Silver Gelatin Print (Photomontage)
127 x 101,6 cm
© Lorraine O’Grady
María Magdalena Campos-Pons
“Untitled #3”, 2017
(Gallery archive no.:MCP-17-002)
Ink and watercolor on Stonehenge’s archival paper
160 x 115 cm