"Face to Face" at CAAM
"Face to Face" does not have much of a point to make, but that's OK. Many pieces are first-rate works of trending artists.
British-born to Ghanian parents, Lynette Yiadom-Baokye was a Turner Prize finalist and has a show this summer at New York's New Museum. From the same body of work is The Grains, 2017 (below). Yiadom-Baokye's pictures are imaginary portraits of fictional bohemians. Yiadom-Baokye is also a writer and compares her art to an author's creation of characters.
Genevieve Gaignard had a CAAM show last winter. Here she's represented by two fancy-dress selfies, The Line Up (Green) and (White), 2017.
Before he was famous & repetitious Kehinde Wiley did some portraits owing more to op art than Old Masters. A cell phone photo of Apotheosis of Admiral Vettor Pisani #1 (2003), lent by Eileen Norton, can't suggest the dazzle of the out-of-gamut colors.
Also on view are works by Noah Davis, Lyle Ashton Harris, Titus Kaphar, Patrick Martinez, and Mickalene Thomas.
Below: Simmons' lobby installation, "Fade to Black," repurposes the titles of 1930s Hollywood race pictures.