As I always say: We first come to recognize ourselves by reflection. We have to see ourselves to know ourselves. And, art is one of the most powerful ways we see ourselves reflected: In museums, in the movies, in prose, on tv. That is why the inclusion of black voices and black art is sooooo important. Thank you @whitneymuseum for being an inclusive space, and thank you @scott_rothkopf for your leadership in this regard. Hell, even this picture of the artist is ART! #blackgirlmagic✨ #BlackArtMatters
#regram @elleusa: When Toyin Ojih Odutola told her parents she’d be having a solo show at Manhattan’s Whitney Museum this fall, her mother cried. Her father said, “Whitney Houston has a museum?” Says the artist: “That’s what I love about my dad. You need that reality.” In 2012, she made a name for herself using markers and ballpoint pens to draw figures with skin so alive and fluid, it’s been described as resembling a weaving, or a galaxy. Last year, she began a series informed by a fictional narrative: portraits from the collection of an imaginary duo of aristocratic husbands depicting individuals amid markers of luxury and wealth.
Tap the link in our bio to learn more about @toyinojihodutola, Whitney asst. curator @rjkhckly, and the rest of ELLE's 2017 Women in Art. #ToyinOjihOdutola #ToWanderDetermined #BunnyRogers #WhitneyMuseum [Photo by Henry Leutwyler, styled by @emilybarnesstudio]