Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My Huffington Post comment on George Osodi and Hassan Hajjaj exhibitions @ Newark Museum


"Osodi's subjects are the high and mighty, men and women who at least in days past had tremendous power, and who in the present are the guardians of tradition. Yet, the portraits reveal how much the performance of this traditional power depends on acquisition of luxury (or simply exotic) materials and goods from far beyond the respective kingdoms, even as they equally mask the fact that many of these rulers were once well-traveled chieftains of modern business and the professions. In these portraits then are multiple and complex stories and histories of not just the royals but also of their societies as they contend with ancestral legacies and the imperatives of global modernity."

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