30 Americans: Nina Chanel Abney

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30 Days to 30 Americans

(born 1982)

In the November 2008 issue of W Magazine, a twenty-six-year-old Nina Chanel Abney explained to Haven Thompson how celebrity scandals inspire some of her vibrant, often brazen paintings that at once suggest Francis Bacon, David Hockney, and contemporary street murals. “I’m fascinated by how celebrity news has become not more interesting, but more important than politics. I like to infuse that with race issues,” Abney said, referring to her 2007 solo debut show, Dirty Wash, at New York’s Kravets/Wehby Gallery.

Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at http://arkansasartscenter.org/30-Americans.

To view Abney’s work visit http://www.ninachanel.com/.

photo: Milwaukee Art Museum, http://mam.org/

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