THAMI : ATTA KWAMI Recent Paintings
(Thursday) February 16 - (Saturday) March 18, 2017
Opening Reception for the artist:
(Thursday) February 16, 2017, 6-8 P.M.
Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to present the fourth solo exhibition of Ghanaian artist Atta Kwami. The exhibition is titled THAMI and will open on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
In the Summer of 2016 I began body of work in the THAMI Mnyele Foundation studio in Amsterdam. Thami Mnyele (1948-1985) was a South African artist and activist who died in exile in Botswana. The atmosphere of the studio, its generous proportions, its location, and the organizational support of the team were enough to launch me in a new direction. These paintings, the Theme Mnyele paintings, embody the rhythms and spatial dialogues that excite me when I experience the drama of city architecture. More recently in Ghana, I have$#+been looking anew at vernacular roof-tops, at their complexity and simplicity which say so much about the aesthetics of the region; its geometry and its abstractions.
Atta Kwami’s vibrant and abstract paintings offer fresh views resonating with hidden energies and emotions. His energetic, sophisticated paintings attract us with their dazzling play of color and keep us engaged, revealing increasing complexity, the more time spent with them.
Atta Kwami was born in 1956 in Accra. He trained and taught in Kumasi, Ghana and the UK. Atta Kwami is included in many institutional collections including the National Museums of Ghana and Kenya; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and The British Museum; the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (Washington, D.C.); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), The Brooklyn Museum (NY); the Newark Museum (NJ); The Tang Teaching Museum (NY); the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; The Chazen Museum, University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI); University of Michigan Museum of Art (MI) and The Hewlett Foundation (CA).
Atta Kwami works in both Ghana and the United Kingdom and exhibits widely in Africa, Europe and the USA. He was a Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Research Fellow and a Visiting Scholar, Wolfson College, Cambridge (2012/2013). He is the author of Kumasi Realism, 1951-2007: An African modernism (2013, Hurst & Company, London / Accra: Ghana Denmark Cultural Fund).