Derrick Adams's Celebration of Black Culture
“I feel more than ever that it is essential for artists to make work that celebrates Black culture." - Derrick Adams
Derrick Adams believes “it is essential for artists to make work that celebrates Black culture," and he wants the art world to join in these celebrations. Cue the artist’s Style Variation series, a body of work that takes inspiration from the groovy hairstyles in window displays of wig shops, braiding salons, and hair boutiques in the artist’s beloved Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed-Stuy. We’re thrilled to exhibit Style Variation 3 (High Top), a multi-medium print that melds contemporary Black culture with the traditional visual language of West African masks. The cubist-style glossy portrait reveres the popular hairstyle from the 1980s and early 1990s, donned by young Black men around the world and memorialized in pop culture by celebrities like actor Will Smith, rap duo Kid ‘n Play, and NBA stars Patrick Ewing and Kenny Walker.
You may recognize Adams’s work from the recent dinner party scene in HBO’s And Just Like That… , from the collection tour of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys, or from collaborations with musician Jay-Z. As indicated by these pop culture features, the world is abuzz with Derrick Adams! Now is the perfect time to bring Adams’s celebration of Black culture into your collection.