There is a new space in New York, and there is something special about it. Nicola Vassell recently opened the first black-owned gallery in Chelsea. Nicola herself is an art dealer and curator, and in opening this space is "committed to discourse that widens the lens of the history and the future of art."
"Evidence" is a series of silver gelatin vintage prints. These images by Ming Smith have never been exhibited before. They incorporate fifty years of work as a photographer from Detroit born Ming. The images themselves create a glimpse into the artist's exemplary eye for the pictorial narrative of the environment around her. The photos are complex, thought-provoking, and engaging.
Nicola states, "I am delighted to inaugurate my new gallery with a solo presentation by Ming Smith, an artist I admire greatly. Minx embodies the spirit of the gallery and its journey to inception — the irrepressible guest for truth and beauty. It is my honor to share this moment with her."
Ming was the first female member to join Kamoinge, a Black collective of photographers in New York in the 1960s. She has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art and the Tate Modern.
Ming is currently based in Harlem.
The exhibition runs through July 3rd, so if you find yourself in NYC, check it out!
America Seen Through Stars and Stripes (New York), 1976
Dakar Roadside with Figure, 1972
Mother and Child, 1977
Space Ra Space III, 1978
West Indian Day Parade (Brooklyn, New York), 1972
Self Portrait as Josephine, 1986
Grace Jones, Studio 54 (New York), 1970s
Nicola Vassell Gallery
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All images are provided by Nicola Vassell Gallery © Ming Smith