Janiva Ellis, reveling in the details

Sometimes its the details in a painting that strike most forcefully. I felt that way about Janiva Ellis's paintings at the New Museum Songs for Sabotage exhibition. The cartoony flatness, the figure/mask, and the glitched arm are all details that keep me engrossed in her work.


Janiva Ellis, detail: Curb Check Regular, Black Chick (2018)

Janiva Ellis, detail: Thrill Issues

Janiva Ellis, detail: Thrill Issues

Janiva Ellis, detail: Doubt Guardian 2, 2017, oil on canvas

Janiva Ellis, detail: Doubt Guardian 2, 2017, oil on canvas

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