Museum Show
Henry Art Gallery

Nina Chanel Abney

Fishing Was His Life

, 2022 – , 2023


Pace Prints congratulates Nina Chanel Abney and the Henry Art Gallery on the opening of Abney's solo exhibition "Fishing Was His Life." Created at Pace Prints' studios, this new series of monumental collages is the culmination of Abney's 2020 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship and were previously exhibited at the Gordon Parks Foundation, Pleasantville, NY. The exhibition will be on view October 1, 2022–March 5, 2023. 

From the Henry Art Gallery: 

Nina Chanel Abney (b. 1982, Chicago, IL) makes paintings, prints, and large-scale murals with layered compositions and fragmented narratives that explore themes of politics, race, sexuality, and celebrity. Hard-edged, vibrant, and often dense with geometric symbols and shapes, her figural works are influenced by the dynamics of our contemporary media landscape. Self-describing her images as “colorfully seductive” and “deceptively simple,” Abney’s work is visually alluring while it engages pressing and significant social issues.

Abney’s exhibition at the Henry includes recent collages and new paintings that center the rich culture and commerce of fishing within the African American community. Her work celebrates a long legacy of identity and self-determination intimately entangled with coastal fisheries while also conjuring the structural inequities that threaten Black life and livelihoods within the industry. 

Abney’s exhibition extends outdoors with an exterior mural on the Henry’s east façade that provocatively stages the seafood market, evoking relationships between racialized bodies, commodities, and consumption.


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