Destinee Ross-Sutton‘s name was a topic of hot conversation over the summer when she organized a nearly sold-out online exhibition for Christie’s entitled “Say it Loud (I’m Black and Proud).” The presentation, however, included a caveat for collectors — anyone who purchased a work had to sign a contract promising not to flip the artwork at auction or any outlets in the secondary market.
The 25-year-old artist advocate and gallerist has now just opened her namesake art space called Ross-Sutton Gallery. The space on 155 Wooster Street in New York City’s SoHo district, itself, spans 8,000 square feet and was originally the home of the legendary gallerist, Paula Cooper. To commemorate the gallery’s opening, Ross-Sutton kicked off an inaugural presentation dubbed “Black Voices: Friend of My Mind.”
Figurative paintings and abstract works are featured in the presentation with most of these pieces spotlighting subjects of color. One of the highlighted pieces in the show is a work by the 36-year-old Ghanaian-born painter, Amoako Boafo, who is one of the most sought-after painters currently in the global art sector. With this presentation, Ross-Sutton wanted to celebrate the experiences of Black people especially in positive expressions such as smiling, relaxing, and loving one another. Participating artists include Stacey Gillian Abe, Marcellina Akpojotor, Joshua Michael Adokuru, and more.
Check out installation views and select works from “Black Voices: Friend of My Mind” in the slideshow above and then head to Ross-Sutton Gallery’s website to learn more. The exhibition is on view until January 8, 2021.