Engender - The Art Newspaper

December 2017
THE ART NEWSPAPER

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BY JAMES H. MILLER

Before Kohn had fully installed its exhibition of paintings that address the fluidity of gender, collectors had already bought 70% of its contents. Of the 17 artists in the show, buyers came hungry for the names Loie Hollowell, Jesse Mockrin, Tschabalala Self, Jansson Stegner, Emily Mae Smith and Christina Quarles. Probably benefiting from the buzz around the New Museum’s current exhibition Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (until 21 January 2018), which features some of the same artists, Engender shows how contemporary painters are complicating identity and the body with a range of abstract and figurative strategies. Jonathan Lyndon Chase’s collaged figures, for example, oscillate between celebration and melancholy. Prices range from $5,000 to $65,000.

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