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* Featured photo: Basil Kinkaid, Praise around the Seed, 2022. Em- broidery and hand-woven cotton fiber on canvas; 67 x 88 in (170.2 x 223.5 cm). Courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York

September 7 – October 8, 2022
Venus Over Manhattan 
20 East 65th Street New York, NY 1006
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

(New York, NY) – Celebrating improvisation, freedom of imagination, and a continuous process of self-discovery through making, St. Louis, and Accra-based Basil Kinkaid is a post-disciplinary artist known for textile compositions that mine what he calls a “spiritual inheritance.” On September 7, 2022, Venus Over Manhattan presented River, Frog and Crescent Moon, the artist’s first New York solo exhibition, featuring a series of re- cent quilted, embroidered, and sculpted works. Kincaid’s pieces are often made from “emotionally charged materials,” including the cast-off clothes of loved ones, and involve a time-intensive collage technique that channels the inheritance of a multi-generational familial practice of quilting.

View of Basil Kincaid’s studio, with the artist wrapped in a quilt. Courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York

The exhibition will be on view through October 8th at the gallery’s Upper East Side location.

Basil Kinkaid’s work—be it explored through quilting, photography, collage, installation, or performance—often incorporates found, salvaged, or donated materials. Through re- working and recontextualizing these raw elements, Kinkaid offers alternative perspectives from which to consider how context and conditioning impact our identities and self-ex- pression. Kinkaid’s practice reckons with notions of Black displacement and the strictures and implications of an oppressive, violent and carceral state on Black people, while con- currently deriving a numinous and metaphysical expansiveness from the ancestral well- spring of knowledge, resilience, and joy that the artist’s work is equally steeped in.

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Basil Kinkaid, Exfoliating in The Sea, Swept Up in the Shallow Surf, 2020-2022. Quilt; 106 x 87 in (269.2 x 221 cm). Courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York