The exhibition Nkame: A retrospective of Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayon, selected from the best art of 2017 worldwide by the ARTnews magazine.
January 4, 2018
In the past December 27, 2017 was published the article of Andrew Russeth, “2017:THE YEAR IN REVIEW. The Year in, and Beyond, New York Galleries—Plus a Top 10 from Around the World”. In this review, between very important contemporary art exhibitions showed in the year, Nkame… was selected in the position number 4 of the best exhibitions worldwide in 2017.
Andrew Russeth established that: “Once you get a look at the large-scale pieces that Belkis Ayón made by assembling together printed panels, you never forget. They are typically black, white, and every shade of gray (though she dipped briefly and stunningly into color), and they present, with preternaturally sinuous, confident lines, figures with faces that have only eyes—piercing, searching eyes—that are performing unidentifiable rituals,
embracing each other, and, yes, staring out at us, inspired by the Afro-Cuban allmale secret society known as the Abakuá. The world lost the Cuban artist in 1999, at the age of 32, and this retrospective made clear that if she were still alive, she would be one of the premier figures operating today.”
Nkame: A Retrospective of the Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón, previously exhibited at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and then at the Museo del Barrio in New York, has been selected for two years as the best of art, since it was chosen as the best of contemporary art in Los Angeles in 2016.