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Jammie Holmes Reflects on the Deep South in 'What We Talking About'

Opening next month at Marianne Boesky Gallery.

Jammie Holmes is making his New York solo debut in a new exhibition titled What We Talking About at Marianne Boesky Gallery.

Entirely self-taught, the Dallas-based artist didn’t even go to a museum until he was in his 30s. Nonetheless, Holmes has developed into a promising artist to watch for his intimate compositions that recount his experiences growing up in the Deep South — from playing dice in the park and gatherings around the kitchen table, to more turbulent scenes, such as racial confrontations and encounters with the police.

In each, Holmes utilizes art historical techniques like Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro and Holbein’s famous memento mori, but at the same time, raises the unsettling question: “How to engage with the traditions of Old Master painting when the word Master is so violently charged in the history of American racism?”

What We Talking About will go on view at Marianne Boesky Gallery from September 8 to October 8.

Elsewhere, Gagosian presents SWISS MADE: From Ferdinand Hodler to Urs Fischer.

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