The New Museum is hosting an exhibition of works by Turner Prize–winning British artist Lubaina Himid (b. 1954, Zanzibar), on view in the Museum’s Fourth Floor Gallery until October 6. “Lubaina Himid: Work from Underneath,” marks the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States and debuts an entirely new body of work. A pioneer of the British Black Arts Movement of the 1980s and ’90s, Himid has long championed marginalized histories. Throughout her over thirty-year career, Himid’s works in drawing, painting, sculpture, and textile have critiqued the consequences of colonialism and questioned the invisibility of people of color in art as well as the media. While larger historical narratives are often the driving force behind her images and installations, Himid’s works beckon the viewer through their attention to the unmonumental details of daily life. Her paintings are often bright, graphic, and rich in color and symbolic referents, and draw from history painting as well as eighteenth-century British satirical cartoons.
Lubaina Himid, Le Rodeur: The Exchange, 2016. courtesy of The New Museum.