2017

Study in Black Modernity, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Solo Exhibitions

Study in Black Modernity , 2015-2017, installation 300 x 2300 cm, @ Van Abbemuseum, detail, (p) Peter Cox
Study in Black Modernity , 2015-2017, installation 300 x 2300 cm, @ Van Abbemuseum, detail, (p) Peter Cox
Study in Black Modernity , 2015-2017, installation 300 x 2300 cm, @ Van Abbemuseum, detail, (p) Peter Cox
Study in Black Modernity , 2015-2017, installation 300 x 2300 cm, @ Van Abbemuseum, detail, (p) Peter Cox
Study in Black Modernity , 2015-2017, installation 300 x 2300 cm, @ Van Abbemuseum, detail, (p) Peter Cox

Study in Black Modernity

“Dutch artist Iris Kensmil has made a new work for the Van Abbemuseum’s collection. Kensmil combines abstract patterns, classical portraiture and references from politics and literature that resonate with her position as a Black artist.

The installation includes a series of publications from key figures within what Kensmil calls Black Modernity. All of these books are available to read in our Library. In the installation, these books are accompanied by a series of drawings, large and small, which reflect on the historic position of the back subject within emancipatory politics, art history, hiphop and the anti racist and Black Lives Matter protests which have recently gained increasing visibility and traction.  For Kensmil her style of painting and use of portraiture has a specific function. By bringing them into the European art museum she gives Black individuals, who have had a formative historic role, their place in art history.

BECOMING MORE

Study in Black Modernity was commissioned as part of Becoming More, a ten-day caucus event comprising lectures, performances, screenings, commissions, discussions and food hosted by the Van Abbemuseum. Kensmil has been invited along with other artists to develop and co-author the caucus. Drawing on previously neglected histories and generating new work with promising artists in the Netherlands stimulates the Van Abbe to take part in a broader dialogue as a catalyst for change. In this context Iris Kensmil has convened the programme of the opening on Thursday 18 May (lecture by Gloria Wekker) an the programme On experiences and Choices on Friday 19 May.”

2015

Gloria

Painting

Gloria
Gloria
2015, oil on canvas, 130 x 160 cm

 

Black Star

Painting

Black Star
Black Star
Oil on canvas, 90 x 75 cm

 

Akwasi

Painting

Akwasi
Akwasi
Oil on canvas, 80 x 55 cm

 

Odetta

Painting

Odetta
Odetta
Oil on canvas, 110 x 140 cm

 

Angela Davis #2, Collection Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Painting

Angela Davis #2
Angela Davis #2
Oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm. Collection Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven

 

Here the New Negro begins

Painting

Here the New Negro begins
Here the New Negro begins
Oil on canvas, 140 x 110 cm. Collection Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven

 

Boy from Moengo

Painting

Boy from Moengo
Boy from Moengo
Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm

 

Neil

Painting

Neil
Neil
Oil on canvas, 75 x 60 cm

 

James Brown is dead #2

Painting

James Brown is dead #2
James Brown is dead #2
Oil on canvas, 110 x 140 cm

 

We the People who are darker than blue, 2015 (second version)

Installation

We the People who are darker than blue, 2015, (second version)
We the People who are darker than blue, 2015, (second version)
Ink, pastel on paper (310 x 470 cm), dj-set on table.
We the People who are darker than blue, 2015, (second version)
We the People who are darker than blue, 2015, (second version)
Ink, pastel on paper (310 x 470 cm), dj-set on table.

 

Ferguson

Drawing

Ferguson
Ferguson
5 drawings, ink, pastel on paper

 

Landgenoten #1

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Landgenoten #1
Moengo Diary: Landgenoten #1
Ink and pastel on paper, 66,6 x 49,4 cm

 

Moengo Diary: Ronnie Brunswijk

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Ronnie Brunswijk
Moengo Diary: Ronnie Brunswijk
29.7 x 42 cm

 

Moengo Diary: Torn Photo #1

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Torn Photo #1
Moengo Diary: Torn Photo #1
42 x 29.7 cm

 

Moengo Diary: Torn Photo #2

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Torn Photo #2
Moengo Diary: Torn Photo #2
29.7 x 42 cm

 

Moengo Diary: A ten fu a feti

Drawing

Moengo Diary: A ten fu a feti
Moengo Diary: A ten fu a feti
20.9 x 29.7 cm

 

Moengo Diary: Kabiten Da Baaja (Petondre)

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Kabiten Da Baaja (Petondre)
Moengo Diary: Kabiten Da Baaja (Petondre)
42 x 29.7 cm

 

Moengo Diary: Morning in Drietabbetje

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Morning in Drietabbetje
Moengo Diary: Morning in Drietabbetje
29.7 x 42 cm

 

Moengo Diary: Rooted in Para

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Rooted in Para
Moengo Diary: Rooted in Para
29.7 x 42 cm

 

Noordzeeblues

Print

Noordzeeblues
Noordzeeblues
4 colour silkscreen, 42.3 x 58 cm

 

Wooden City Wagenwegstraat

Print

Wooden City Wagenwegstraat
Wooden City Wagenwegstraat
3 colour silkscreen, 40 x 45.5 cm

 

Wooden City 1

Print

Wooden City 1
Wooden City 1
2 colour silkscreen, 39.7 x 55 cm

 

Wooden City 2

Print

Wooden City 2
Wooden City 2
2 colour silkscreen, 40 x 65 cm

 

Wooden City 3

Print

Wooden City 3
Wooden City 3
2 colour silkscreen, 40 x 63 cm

 

Wooden City 4

Print

Wooden City 4
Wooden City 4
2 colour silkscreen, 40 x 62.5 cm

2014

Yellow Room

Painting

Yellow Room
Yellow Room
Oil on canvas, 130 x 205 cm

 

Quincy

Painting

Quincy
Quincy
Oil on canvas, 160 x 115 cm. Collection Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven

 

Ellen #1

Painting

Ellen #1
Ellen #1
Oil on canvas, 60 x 40 cm

 

Maroonwoman

Painting

Maroonwoman
Maroonwoman
Oil on canvas, 60 x 65 cm

 

James Brown is dead

Drawing

James Brown is dead
James Brown is dead
Ink pastel on paper, 161 x 125 cm

 

By any means necessary

Drawing

By any means necessary
By any means necessary
Ink, pastel and acryl on paper, 70 x 49.5 cm

 

Haile Selassie

Drawing

Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie
Ink, pastel on paper, 100 x 70 cm

 

Inner space

Drawing

Inner space
Inner space
Ink, pastel on paper, 125 x 89.5 cm

 

Belanda Hitam #1

Painting

‘Displaced Persons’:  Belanda Hitam #1
‘Displaced Persons’: Belanda Hitam #1
Oil on canvas, 
80 x 55 cm

 

Belanda Hitam #2

Painting

‘Displaced Persons’:  Belanda Hitam #2
‘Displaced Persons’: Belanda Hitam #2
Oil on canvas, 180 x 115 cm. Private collection Washington D.C.

 

Boeroe #1

Painting

‘Displaced Persons’:  Boeroe #1
‘Displaced Persons’: Boeroe #1
Oil on canvas, 180 x 115 cm. Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

 

Boeroe #2

Painting

‘Displaced Persons’:  Boeroe #2
‘Displaced Persons’: Boeroe #2
Oil on canvas, 80 x 55 cm

2012

95th Birthday with Kwame Nkrumah

Print

95th Birthday with Kwame Nkrumah
95th Birthday with Kwame Nkrumah
1 colour silkscreen, 70 x 50 cm. nr 1/1(15) in collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

95th Birthday with Kwame Nkrumah

Collection Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

 

Du Bois, funeral

Print

Du Bois, funeral
Du Bois, funeral
4 colour serigraphy, 50 x 70 cm. nr 1/12(17) in collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

 

Pan African Congress 1921

Print

Pan African Congress 1921
Pan African Congress 1921
4 colour serigraphy, 50 x 70 cm. nr 1/3(23) in collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

 

The Negro Notes

Print

The Negro Notes
The Negro Notes
4 colour serigraphy, 70 x 50 cm. nr 1/8(27) in collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

 

The Souls of Black Folk

Print

The Souls of Black Folk
The Souls of Black Folk
2 colour silkscreen, 70 x 50 cm. nr 1/4(6) in collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

2010

No Sidon na bakra sturu, with Charl Landvreugd, 6to8months @ Kara Walker studio, New York

Solo Exhibitions

No Sidon a bakra sturu
No Sidon a bakra sturu
I.c.w. Charl Landvreugd, tempera, casein on wall + ink, pastel op paper, sizes variable, Location Kara Walker studio, New York, USA
No Sidon a bakra sturu
No Sidon a bakra sturu
I.c.w. Charl Landvreugd, tempera, casein on wall + ink, pastel op paper, sizes variable, Location Kara Walker studio, New York, USA

 

Sidonhopo

Installation

Sidonhopo
Sidonhopo
Print on canvas, pigments en casein, ink, pastel on paper, ca. 465 x 1140 cm, Location, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Sidonhopo, detail
Sidonhopo, detail
Print on canvas, pigments en casein, ink, pastel on paper, ca. 465 x 1140 cm, Location, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Sidonhopo, detail
Sidonhopo, detail
Print on canvas, pigments en casein, ink, pastel on paper, ca. 465 x 1140 cm, Location, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Sidonhopo, detail
Sidonhopo, detail
Print on canvas, pigments en casein, ink, pastel on paper, ca. 465 x 1140 cm, Location, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

2008

And assorted men came to hear

Installation

And assorted men came to hear
And assorted men came to hear
6 x 244 x 244, ink, pastel on paper, latex, pigment, casein, dvd, beamer on turning-table

 

Then they marched

Installation

Then they marched
Then they marched
Tempera, casein on wall + ink, pastel op paper, sizes variable

 

The true meaning

Installation

The true meaning
The true meaning
Tempera, casein on wall + ink, pastel on paper, sizes variable

2007

The problem of defence

Installation

The problem of defence
The problem of defence
Tempera, casein on wall + ink, pastel on paper pigment casein on wall, ink, watercolour, pastel on paper, 305 x 70 cm