Combining representation and abstraction, Nina Chanel Abney’s paintings capture the frenetic pace of contemporary culture. Broaching subjects as diverse as race, celebrity, religion, politics, sex, and art history, her works eschew linear storytelling in lieu of disjointed narratives. The effect is information overload, balanced with a kind of spontaneous order, where time and space are compressed and identity is interchangeable. Her distinctively bold style harnesses the flux and simultaneity that has come to define life in the 21st century. Through a bracing use of color and unapologetic scale, Abney’s canvases propose a new type of history painting, one grounded in the barrage of everyday events and funneled through the velocity of the internet. Abney was born in Chicago and currently lives and works in New York. Her work is included in collections around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum, The Rubell Family Collection, Bronx Museum, and the Burger Collection, Hong Kong.
Nina Chanel Abney, “Hot to Trot. Not.”, 2018, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. Courtesy of the artist
Nina Chanel Abney, “Always Ready, Always There”, 2018, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea. Courtesy of the artist
Nina Chanel Abney, “Issa Saturday”, 2019, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida. Courtesy of the artist
Nina Chanel Abney, “Peep”, 2019, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida. Courtesy of the artist
Nina Chanel Abney, “Third Time’s the Charm“, 2018, Pace Prints, New York. Courtesy of the artist