Nearly three dozen artists responded to RESIST, gallerist Marika Van Vessem’s call for political art that, in her words, “eschews pithy or sophomoric commentary for subtlety and depth.” Artists also weren’t allowed to use the president’s likeness, for which I am incredibly thankful. The subject matter varies greatly, with artists addressing injustices both domestically and abroad. At six feet by eight feet, Elizabeth Duffy’s abstract In Memory of Kalief Browder (pictured) is a tapestry, roughly as big as a twin sized comforter, but exactly the same size as the solitary confinement cell where Browder spent 400 days without ever being charged. Further afield, Newport painter David Barnes’ Syrian rooftop is haunting and mysterious, with his trademark blue infiltrating an otherwise dull palette. (Saberah Malik is represented in this show, too.)
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April 15 2017