Derrick Adams is having a stellar year. He currently has a show at the Salon 94 Gallery in New York; his artist’s retreat in his home town of Baltimore should be up and running next year and he’s on a tenure track at Brooklyn College. His current exhibit, Style Variations, is composed of a group of portraits inspired by the beauty and barber shops he walks by in his Brooklyn neighborhood. The styles he saw, asked about and created in his paintings, define the culture and trends of the neighborhood. Works from Style Variations are available at VFA.
In this month’s edition of British Vogue magazine, Adams was described as, “the hardest-working leisure lover on earth.” His works from the Pool Float and We Came to Party and Plan series, are available at VFA.
“People couldn’t exist if they lived in constant grief.” he said in the Vogue interview. “My work is focused on the idea of how crucial it is for Black people to think of leisure as a radical act.”
Even the large house in Baltimore, that Adams is restoring for his invitation-only artists’ retreat, is going to emphasize leisure. It has a pool, a screening room, a greenhouse and studio spaces. Called The Last Resort, he plans to host, not just Black visual artists, but also writers, musicians, chefs and other creative people. “You can come and not do anything,” he says.
Derrick Adams’ work is in the permanent collections of the Museum Of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts and the Birmingham Museum Of Art.
Jonas Wood says that he was inspired by the works of Alex Katz and David Hockney. It’s easy to see the influence of Katz’s colors and Hockney’s intimate visions in Wood’s interiors, but his style is all his own.
The comfort of Wood’s interior works, comes from his ability to show his relationship with and enjoyment of his surroundings.
Pattern Couch Interior with Mar Vista View is a recent acquisition at VFA that exemplifies Wood’s talent and the reason that his works have been highly coveted at auction.
Since March of 2019, David Hockney has been living in a farmhouse in Normandy.
When he first chose the location, he said that it was because Normandy is one of the few places left on earth where he could smoke a cigarette at a cafe.
The paintings and iPad drawings that he has produced while staying at the farmhouse during the past two years are bright and beautiful and reflect the artist’s joy of life. Always able to see the wonder and awe of his surroundings, the work that he did in Mexico in the 1980s has the same sense of delight as the works he does today.
He currently has exhibits at LA Louver, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, Salts Mill in Saltaire, West Yorkshire and an upcoming exhibit scheduled at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in September.
Dodie Kazanjian. Derrick Adams’s Art Celebrates Black Life at its Most Exultant. Vogue Magazine. April 1, 2021.
Poppy Malby. Derrick Adams on the empowerment of black femininity. GQ Dagazine.uk. February 8, 2020.
Sophie Bew. Lose Yourself in David Hockney’s Work From 1966 to 1978. AnOther Magazine. April 1, 2021.
Tom Teicholz. A Pleasing Pandemic In Normandy: David Hockney’s Creative French Country Prints. Forbes. March 31, 2021.
Lawrence, Vanessa. “Bored at Home? David Hockney Has A Lesson for You.” Elle Décor. 17 March 2021.