Is the art world getting over identity politics? Post-black? Post gay? Post-post? Possibly, according to Jori Finkel’s piece on artists-who-all-happen-to-be-black Edgar Arceneaux, Rodney McMillian, Mark Bradford and Kori Newkirk in The Times.

I would argue that any work that is liberated from a sense of obligation to biological/cultural is bound to the work that established the identity to begin with. It’s sort of a decadent situation we find ourselves in where a person can choose to or choose not to take up the flag of their race, gender, sexuality, etc. If anything, it makes the work of the 90’s seem more important than ever in the cyclical game of representation: repressed, revealed, established, optional, repressed…


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