Devan Shimoyama’s Vision of a Dazzling Black Future

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A reading list for black futurity—what might it contain?

The paintings in Devan Shimoyama’s “Shh…,” a small recent show at De Buck Gallery in New York City, offer some…

  • Antwaun Sargent
  • NYR Daily

Each of the six large glittering collages, painted in oil and acrylic and adorned with the artist’s signature rhinestones, sequins, and fabrics, shows a lithe harlequin figure with bejeweled, searching…

Some are self-portraits or portraits of friends and acquaintances, others are completely out of Shimoyama’s imagination.

All of the figures are portrayed with books by various writers in everyday spaces made spectacular with a…

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