‘Derrick Adams: I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You’ at The Flag Art Foundation in Chelsea

 

 

 

Derrick Adams. So Much To Celebrate. 2021. Acrylic, paper birthday hats, pompoms on wood panel, 72 x 95 5/8 x 2 inches (200.7 x 242.9 x 5.1 cm). Courtesy the artist and LGDR.

I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You, a solo exhibition by Derrick Adams, comprises a cycle of sixteen large-scale works from Adams’s new series Motion Picture Paintings, 2020-22, which extend the artist’s signature deconstructed, cubist-style portraits in a new cinematic direction. Freeze framed moments—drawn from movies, media, and the artist’s imagination—are emblazoned with a variety of graphic texts reminiscent of film titles. “Black life is a movie,” says Adams, “a psychological thriller, situational comedy, romance, adventure drama, suspense, and horror all rolled into one.” Opening at The Flag Art Foundation in Chelsea on January 13th.

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