August in New York: 8 Gallery Exhibitions to See Now Feature Texas Isaiah, Arcmanoro Niles, Julie Mehretu, Cal Bocicault

Victoria L. Valentine, Culture Type, August 27, 2021

THE CHURN OF THE NEW YORK ART WORLD slows down in August with many art galleries on hiatus until after Labor Day. Nonetheless, in the waning days of August, there is still plenty to see in New York, this week and next, before the transition to fall shows in September.

Terrific solo exhibitions and group shows are on view in the city’s galleries. At her newly opened, eponymous gallery, Nicola Vassell is presenting a group exhibition focused on landscapes. Jenkins Johnson has gathered a variety of artists working in abstraction. Solo shows of Julie Mehretu, Arcmanoro Niles, February James, and Texas Isaiah are also on view. Here are 8 gallery shows to see now, plus a few more for the record:


“What’s It All About” @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Brooklyn | July 17-Aug. 28, 2021, By Appointment Only

“What’s It All About” is a group exhibition that brings together a variety of artists working in abstraction. The show features works by Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Patrick Alston, Carmen Neely, Esteban Ramón Pérez, Emma Soucek, Jason Stopa, Dewey Crumpler and Lisa Corinne Davis. Writer and critic Amarie Gipson moderated a virtual conversation with three of the artists (Alston, Neely, and Stopa) on Aug. 13. Jenkins Johnson is a Black-owned gallery.