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Almine Rech

Marcus Jahmal Spiral

Apr 7 — May 14, 2022 | London
Opening on April 7, from 6pm to 8pm. For the safety of our visitors and staff, masks must be worn by all visitors upon entrance and hand sanitiser will be provided at the door and throughout the gallery. Inquire about the exhibition: The gallery is open on Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am until 6 pm.

Almine Rech London is pleased to announce Spiral, a solo exhibition by American artist Marcus Jahmal, on view from April 7 until May 14, 2022. This will be the artist's first solo exhibition in London and the fourth solo exhibition with Almine Rech.

'In Marcus Jahmal’s new paintings, purple hurtles along the continuum of human history. The figures that populate his washy fields wear little clothing or nothing at all, a self-abnegating refusal of millenia of class structure. They have become purple itself, their skin pulsating violet, as if emanating light. Jahmal’s color sense is finely tuned, taking something of the rabid passion of the Fauvists and the emotional immediacy of the Neo-Expressionists (there are other overlaps, too: a rejection of three-dimensional space, for example). On the chromatic spectrum, purple exists somewhere between the tempestuous fury of red and the calm cool of blue. It takes both humors and makes its own. Purple vibrates at the uppermost length of the visible spectrum. Travel any further and you’ve left the physical realm. You can do that in a Marcus Jahmal picture, too.'

— Max Lakin

Marcus Jahmal (b. 1990) lives and works in New York. He was raised in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, growing up in a family with roots in the West Indies and American south. His paintings synthesize a diverse range of inspirations and autobiography, drawing from photographs, ancient rituals, and personal memories. Jahmal's work is held in public collections internationally, including Allentown Museum, Allentown, PA ICA Miami, Miami, FL Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN Zuzeum Art Centre, Rīga, Latvia.

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