Culture Type Features Aubrey Williams

By Victoria L. Valentine



On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions


A STUNNING ARRAY of works by more than 100 artists from Britain, the United States, and beyond, is on view at Somerset House. Reflecting a half century of black creativity, “Get Up, Stand Up Now” brings together pioneering legends, mid-career figures, and promising artists on the rise. The multidisciplinary exhibition is curated by Zak Ové who envisioned “exploring Black experience and influence, from the post-war era to the present day.” Historic works and new commissions are displayed side-by-side and multiple works in a variety of mediums are in conversation. “Pressure” and “Baldwin’s Nigger,” two films by Horace Ové, the curator’s father, are being screened. A member of the Windrush generation he was the first black British filmmaker to direct a feature film. Cinematographer Bradford Young edited a new version of “REkOGNIZE” for the exhibition. The video installation documents the Hill District, an historic African American neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pa. During the run of the show, an exclusive soundtrack mixed by Jillionaire is streaming in the exhibition galleries. Vivid color is everywhere, on the walls and among the artworks, further enlivening the traditional gallery spaces. CT



Participating Artists:


A Guy Called Gerald, Abe Odedina, Adjaye Associates, Ajamu, Alexis Peskine, Althea McNish, Anthea Hamilton, Anthony Joseph, Armet Francis, Aubrey Williams, Barbara Walker, Barby Asante, Barkley L. Hendricks, Benji Reid, Betye Saar, Black Audio Film Collective – John Akomfrah, Bradford Young, Caleb Femi, Campbell Addy, Carrie Mae Weems, Charlie Phillips, Che Lovelace, Chris Leacock (Jillionaire/Major Lazer), Chris Ofili, Cooly G, Cosmo Whyte, David A. Bailey, David Hammons, Deborah Roberts, Dennis Bovell, Denzil Forrester, Derrick Adams, Don Letts, Ebony G. Patterson, Elizabeth Colomba, Emheyo Bahabba ‘Embah’, Errol Lloyd, Faisal Abdu’Allah, Franklyn Rodgers, Gaika, Gary Simmons, Glenn Ligon, Gordon Parks, Grace Nichols, Grace Wales Bonner, Hank Willis Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Helen Cammock, Hew Locke, Horace Ové, Hurvin Anderson, Ishmahil Blagrove, Jay Bernard, Jazzie B, Jenn Nkiru, Julie Mehretu, Kehinde Wiley, Keith Piper, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Larry Achiampong, Lavar Munroe, Lezley Saar, Libita Clayton, Lina Iris Viktor, Linton Kwesi Johnson, LR Vandy, Lubaina Himid, Marlene Smith, Marlon James, Martine Rose, Maud Sulter, Merle Van den Bosch, Mickalene Thomas, Mowalola Ogunlesi, Nari Ward, Neil Kenlock, Nick Cave, Niyi Olagunju, Normski, Oliver Hardt, Patrick Betaudier, Paul A. Smith, Paul Maheke, Pauline Black, Peter Doig, Phoebe Boswell, Rashid Johnson, Rhea Storr, Richard Mark Rawlins, Ronald Moody, Ronan McKenzie, Sanford Biggers, Satch Hoyt, Selina Nwulu, Shabaka Hutchings, Sonia Boyce, Stephen Burks, Steve McQueen, Thick/er Black Lines, Thomas J. Price, Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), Vanley Burke, Victor Ekpuk, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Young Fathers, Zadie Smith, Zak Ové, Zanele Muholi, Zoe Bedeaux