Saturday, 10 February 2018

Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations & Naming The Money


Also showing at the Walker Art Gallery are two exhibitions throughout the gallery by Lubaina Himid  - the latest winner of the Turner Art Prize, (in my opinion Hurvin Anderson was robbed!). Meticulous Observations, features artworks (all by women), chosen by Himid from the Art Council's collection which includes her own watercolour series - Scenes from the life of Toussaint L'Ouverture. Naming The Money meanwhile, is twenty (of a series of one hundred) painted cut-out figures representing the lives of enslaved African men and women who each recount their profession and life story through a label on their reverse, or orally through a recorded narrative. I understand, and celebrate Himid's thinking about the publicising of the usually hidden black presence in art, and her attempts at redressing the balance of the black image and voice in historical and contemporary art behind these works. These figures in my opinion though, don't really satisfy artistically as either sculpture, or painting. As sculptures they are one-dimensional and basic. As paintings they look quite inadequate in comparison to the technically proficient skills of the Pre-Raphaelite, and other Victorian painters in the Walker Gallery collection, but hey, go and judge for yourselves.



Lubaina Himid - Scenes from the life of Toussaint L'Ouverture, 1987

Lubaina Himid - Scenes from the life of Toussaint L'Ouverture, 1987

















Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money
until 18th March
Walker Art Gallery 
William Brown Street
Liverpool