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A CONVERSATION WITH JUMAANE N’NAMDI BY CHARLES MOORE

Jumaane N’Namdi, director of the N’Namdi Contemporary Gallery, grew up immersed in the art world. The second-generation gallerist launched his career in Chicago (1997-2012), expanded to New York (2001-2009), and since has put down roots in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami (2012). I recently had the opportunity to sit down with him at the Princeton Club in New York City and learn more about his trajectory.

“I grew up in the gallery,” explains Jumaane N’Namdi. 

Pausing for a moment, the gallery director adds, “I played hide-and-seek behind sculptures, and these great master artists—meeting them and just having them around—all this was very normal to me.”

The art dealer’s father, George N’Namdi, a former developmental psychologist, switched gears and launched his own Detroit gallery in 1981. From an early age, N’Namdi spent a great deal of time in the business. He watched his family accrue an expansive art collection and witnessed first-hand the power of the artist-collector relationship.

Yet N’Namdi didn’t always set out to live his father’s legacy. Initially, he was going to be a teacher at Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit, the institution founded by his mother,Carmen. He also thought about being a music producer. But after graduating from Morehouse College in 1997, he moved to Chicago and launched a career in the arts.

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‘Resting in Black’: Artist creates socially conscious works about Black life in America

Rashaun Rucker Overbooked 2020

Duante Beddingfield | Detroit Free Press

 

Taking a novel approach with featured artists during COVID-19, Wayne State University’s art department has transitioned to non-traditional gallery exhibition venues for its current season. 

A billboard, at the corner of Woodward and Canfield will display a work by one artist, per month through next spring for “In the Air: Voices From Detroit and Beyond.” According to the exhibit website, the series features works by eight local and national artists “in response to the global pandemic and racial injustice.”

This month’s billboard, “Resting in Black,” was created by former Free Press deputy director of photo and video and locally based Kresge Artist Fellow Rashaun Rucker, whose drawings and prints make socially conscious commentary on the Black experience in America. The Detroit billboard features two black men, shoulder-to-shoulder, weighed down by worry.  

 

 

 

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Neha Vedpathak: Defiant

Neha Vedpathak

By Heike Dempster

Original Post: Art Districts Magazine 

“Defiant,” at N’Namdi Contemporary, encompasses 13 multi-layered works by Neha Vedapathak in which the artist offers a view into her innovative practice and recent explorations of space and landscape while inviting the viewer to delve deeper, literally and conceptually, into the works she has fabricated.

Born in India, Vedpathak created the majority of the works in the exhibition while living in Phoenix, Ariz. and Detroit, Mich., where she currently resides and maintains her studio. Using a unique technique of paper plucking she created herself, Vedpathak presents works that explore a variety of subjects via concept and process as well as multiple layers of materials, texture and color. Vedpathak studiously maintains her focus on the artistic process, innate qualities of materials, mystery of nature, idea of the ritual, concepts and interpretations of time and in the contemporary notion of space. In “Defiant,” Vedpathak closely investigates landscape, light and architecture, as well as society living and moving within that landscape, specifically Phoenix and Detroit.

 

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Patrick Quarm – Paradox: Surfaces of Self

Patrick Quarm. Paradox: Surfaces of Self

By Heike Dempster

Original Post Patrick Quarm. Paradox: Surfaces of Self

Patrick Quarm’s exhibition “Paradox: Surfaces of Self” at N’Namdi Contemporary Art’s new Little Haiti space presents nine new works by the artist focusing on cultural hybridity, identity construction and its fluidity, and the interconnectedness of past, present and future.

Born in Sekondi, Ghana in 1988, Quarm currently lives and practices in the United States. He graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana with a BFA in Painting and a Masters of Fine Art degree at Texas Tech University; his work has been showcased at K.N.U.S.T Museum Kumasi, Ghana; Peckham International Art Fair (PIAF), London, England; and the Caviel Museum of African American History, Lubbock, Texas, amongst others. He has also served as a teaching assistant and Adjunct Professor for painting and drawing courses in both Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Texas Tech University.

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Stephen Arboite Dreamscapes: The Metaphore Has Shifted to Healing

Stephen Arboite, Untitled, 2020, coffee, charcoal, mixed media collage on paper All images are courtesy of N'Namdi Contemporary, Miami.

By Heike Dempster

Oringal post Art Districts Magazine – Florida

With “Dreamscapes: The Metaphor Has Shifted to Healing,” artist Stephen Arboite presents a series of soulful and spiritual works focusing on a metamorphosic journey, inviting viewers along on an emotional and introspective path to self-discovery and healing.

The paintings are representative of the past 10 years of Arboite’s artistic practice and are as much rooted in the present. They are continuations of investigations he started to pursue while a student, when he first discovered coffee as a medium. Initially chosen based on a lack of resources, the coffee soon led the artist on a powerful journey to explore his Haitian heritage and various discourses on the Caribbean diaspora.

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The Gallerist Jumaane N’Namdi

Although he has made Miami his home only since 2012, Jumaane N’Namdi is a committed stakeholder. “Everyone here who’s involved in the arts has a mission to promote the arts in South Florida,” says the director of N’Namdi Contemporary Miami, a gallery in Wynwood. Although the neighborhood is increasingly dominated by retail stores, he insists art cannot be just a commodity. Instead, he finds himself allied with the Pérez Art Museum Miami and other venues “to put the city on the map … for people to come to see art.”

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By Jeff Edward s An Interview with Gregory Coates Gregory Coates in Obama, Japan in front of his piece Black Rice, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and N’Namdi Contemporary, Miami.

 

 

New York Times: As a Painter Grows Older, His Creativity Endures

By RACHEL L. SWARNS FEB. 23, 2014

Ed Clark stood silently before the canvas on the floor of his studio. He buy essays online considered the muted morning light, the paint and its promise. Then he pushed a broom across the surface, capturing the hues of daybreak and twilight with each stroke.

He leaned on his personal assistant, who steadied Mr. Clark’s aging body. There was a time when it seemed that nothing could stop him from painting with his push broom, one of his signature innovations. But he is 87 now. After about three hours, he was physically spent.

“When you get older, what you’ve done when you were younger, you research paper can’t do anymore,” Mr. Clark said last week, as he sank slowly into his easy chair. “That’s just the body getting old. It’s telling me, ‘You won’t be here for long.’ ”

Then he grinned: “But I don’t intend to go.”

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An Artistic Encounter

By Lisa Skolnik

James and Mary Bell know buy essays online what they like when they see it. When they met artist William Tolliver in Los Angeles 25 years ago, they were immediately drawn to his work— but didn’t buy an original piece until several years later

At the time, James was an executive with Rockwell International Corporation and Mary was a business analyst with TRW. Her best friend, Carmen N’Namdi, had opened a gallery in Detroit with her husband, George, who urged the Bells to buy works by African American masters. “[George] meant the research paper masters, like Romare Bearden, Artis Lane or Jacob Lawrence.

We loved the work, but we didn’t have that kind of budget,” says Mary. The Tolliver they did eventually buy inspired them to purchase more of what they term papers liked. “We didn’t start out as collectors,” explains James, who is now Boeing’s corporate president, executive vice president and CFO.