Blacks figure prominently in Chelsea Art

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2017, 10 a.m. - Three Chelsea arts shows are currently featuring blacks on gallery walls.

The first is Taglialatella Gallery which is the work of British pop artist Russell Young "Femme Fatale." Young is highlighting the contributions of female stars in entertainment.

The show includes images of famous singer and dancer Jospehine Baker in the window and singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist Nina Simon.

They are the only black faces in the show but the fact that they are included is notable.

A few doors down, Yossi Milo Gallery is featuring the notable works of South African artist Pieter Hugo. Hugo's show prominently features European fashion in a raw African environment. The fascinatingly fanciful post-1994 shots of children of Rwanda and South Africa are in water, fields, dirt and sidewalks.

All this to symbolize "the budding hope of a life unladen by active oppression," Hugo says.

Finally, the Curator Gallery's "New New York" group show features Hunter College's Prof. Lisa Corinne Davis. Davis' painting is loosely on maps that make people want to locate themselves, sometimes within systematic racial oppression. It is based on her personal history of people trying to tell her who she is.

"It is a personal individual narrative," she said.

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Davis is the only black artist in the more than 20 artists show.

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 (Artist, professor, broadcaster and internet journalist Rob Redding regularly reviews artistic New York and presents creative minds on his daily internationally known and award-winning talk show, "Redding News Review Unrestricted." You can subscribe to the daily talk show at and keep up with his artistic work at You can find out more about his music at


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