Almine Rech is pleased to present Xavier Daniels' first solo show with the gallery, on view from May 13 to June 11, 2022.
Atlanta, Georgia-based artist Xavier Daniels will showcase his multihued perspective of brotherhood and unity in an upcoming Paris show Ties that Bind, scheduled to open on May 13 at Almine Rech. Touching on his experiences at Morehouse College, as a firefighter, and in his own family, Daniels will feature his painted Black male figures to create dialogue surrounding stereotypes, mental health, and other themes. Throughout, he incorporates a range of colors symbolizing different facets of the Black male experience.
The artist’s portraits of Black men are large and mystical, rife with washes of color, in an effort to symbolically reaffirm the Black male experience on earth and on a metaphysical level. Daniels explains that many of the conversations taking place in popular culture leave Black males invisible and quite often lost in discussions about themselves. To address this, the exhibition will feature works of varying sizes, exploring shapes and colors and symbols, with the goal of expanding the dialogue of the Black male experience—portraying these men far beyond the stereotypes of athletes, sex symbols, and absentee fathers.
— Charles Moore, writer, curator, and art historian