Art Diary

Tschabalala Self: By My Self

19 March 2021

While some museums are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibitions will include shows at institutions that are currently open as well as digital projects providing virtual access to art and culture.

With 13 paintings produced over the last five years, this display at Baltimore Museum of Art reveals how Tschabalala Self has developed her exploration of cultural representations of the Black female form. Stencils, stitches, tracings, prints and casts are layered on top of one another in her canvases, creating formally audacious and complex works. A highlight of this display is a new series of three works responding to Henri Matisse’s sculpture Two Women (previously known as Two Negresses), which is in the BMA’s collection; also included are two of Self’s sculptures. Find out more about the exhibition, which runs 28 March–19 September, from the BMA’s website.

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Carpet (2020), Tschabalala Self.

Carpet (2020), Tschabalala Self. Private Collection

Sock (2018), Tschabalala Self.

Sock (2018), Tschabalala Self. Courtesy Tschabalala Self Studio

Two Women (2019), Tschabalala Self.

Two Women (2019), Tschabalala Self. Rubell Museum, Miami

Loner (2016), Tschabalala Self.

Loner (2016), Tschabalala Self. Craig Robins Collection