AfriCOBRA: Now will showcase work from America’s longest running art collective

Renee Stout, The Black Wall, 2008, 34 x 42.5 x 4.5 in. Acrylic, mixed media, wood, glass and metal on plywood panel Courtesy of Kravets Wehby Gallery

Kravets Wehby Gallery (521 West 21st Street, Ground Floor New York, New York 10011) is pleased to announce AfriCOBRA: Now, a group show of work by founding, current and former members of AfriCOBRA, opening Saturday, June 16 and running through August 17, 2018. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 16, from 6 – 8 pm.

In 1968, five artists in Chicago came together with a vision for the future. AfriCOBRA, African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists, arose from the Black Power Movement and sought to change the world. The AfriCOBRA movement has always preached positivity to the people, and its artists walk a rhythmic line between abstraction and figuration. This exhibition, AfriCOBRA: Now, focuses on current, deceased and founding members’ work dating from the 1960s to the present. The exhibition will include work by Akili Ron Anderson, Kevin Cole, Adger Cowans, Murry DePillars, Jeff Donaldson, Michael D. Harris, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, James Phillips, Gerald Williams, Nelson Stevens, Frank Smith, and Renee Stout.AfriCOBRA: Now aims to show the breadth and diversity of a movement with a continually evolving and adapting vocabulary.

Kevin Cole, Sittin Pretty, 2017

AfriCOBRA may be the longest-running artist collective in America, and this exhibition will commemorate the 50th year anniversary of its founding. Recently, Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum, Detroit Institute of the Arts, The David C. Driskell Center, the Everson Museum of Art, MOCA Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Tate Modern have exhibited work by AfriCOBRA artists.

About Kravets Wehby Gallery

Founded in 1996, Kravets Wehby Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that works globally with international artists. Our artists’ work has recently been featured at the MOCA Los Angeles, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Nasher Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Ackland Art Museum, the Tate Modern, Crystal Bridges Museum, and the Rubell Family Collection.

Featured Image:  Gerald Williams, Watchnight 150, 2013