Roberta Smith has penned a complimentary review of the New Museum's exhibition Art and Race: The Career of Robert Colescott, which opened on June 28.
"Watch out," Smith warns. "A raucous, enthralling exhibition of the great American painter Robert Colescott (1925-2009) has arrived at the New Museum, to revel in and dissect. Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott is the first museum exhibition of this artist’s relentlessly provocative work to be seen in Manhattan since a 1989 show (also at the New Museum) and the most complete yet."
"Taut and carefully shaped, the show traces Colescott’s heroic trajectory from start to finish, a nervy mixture of abstraction and trompe l’oeil during his undergraduate years to a sardonic humanism that is both indicting and optimistic."
The exhibition remains on view at the New Museum through September 11, 2022.