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Contemporary Wing

I’m especially excited to see the booth of DC’s Contemporary Wing gallery. I first met the gallery’s founder, Lauren Gentile, when she was killing it as the director of Irvine Contemporary. Can’t wait to check it at the fair in person at Booth F13.

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Blue Intrusion 1 (1)




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Sacred you are to me (1)

Quiet Invasion 4 (1)

Quiet Invasion 2 (1)



Contemporary Wing is pleased to participate in SCOPE NEW YORK March 6-10 (BOOTH F13) with works by three female artists from DC and New York whose experiments in painting and sculpture present new directions in visual constructions of race, identity, and displacement.

Caitlin Cherry is participating in the Studio Museum of Harlem’s current exhibit, “Fore,” which presents work of 29 emerging artists. She also has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, part of the Raw/Cooked series, opening June 7th and running until September 2013. Cherry will present abstract self-portraits in which she places her own figure alongside a carefully constructed avatar. Cherry’s use of the surrogate becomes a means of coping with fraught emotion, creating a sense of fracturing and conflict heightened by the artist’s incorporation of found objects. Cherry is a 2012 graduate of the Columbia MFA program.

Sonya Clark will present a series of unique works constructed of hair, thread and combs. Clark’s work, a critique of “hair history,” explores the contentious relationship African Americans have with hair by reinventing its use as a contemporary art form. According to Clark: “Hair holds the place where race resides.” Sonya Clark is the Chair of Craft and Material Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She was named by United States Artists as one of its 2011 USA Fellows, and was a past recipient of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, an Art Matters Grant, the Lillian Elliott Award, a Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency and a Pollock-Krasner Award.

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi is a semifinalist for the Sondheim Artscape Prize and will be presenting a new body of work that explores the simple yet complicated idea of home/homeland with an emphasis on landscapes of Iran and the Middle East region. Utilizing topographic maps and satellite imagery as sources for her painting, she continues to reference the visual languages of Western abstraction and Islamic illumination to create allegories of displacement that question the notion of home.  Ilchi is a 2011 graduate of the American University MFA program.

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