b. 1983, Enugu, Nigeria

Education

2011

  • MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

2006

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2004

  • BA (Honors), Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2017

  • Front Room: Njideka Akunyili Crosby | Counterparts, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
  • Predecessors, Tang Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Predecessors, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2016

  • Portals, Victoria Miro, London
  • I Refuse to be Invisible, organized by Cheryl Brutvan, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Before Now After (Mama, Mummy, Mamma), 95 Horatio Street, The Whitney Museum of American Art Billboard Project, New York, NY

2015

  • Hammer Projects: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, organized by Jamillah James, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Beautyful Ones, organized by Jamillah James, Art + Practice, Los Angeles, CA

2013

  • I Always Face You, Even When it Seems Otherwise, Two-Person Show with Simone Leigh, Tiwani Contemporary, London
  • I Still Face You, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

  • Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, New Orleans, LA
  • A Good Neighbour, 15th Istanbul Biennial curated by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Pera Museum, Istanbul
  • Jacob Lawrence, Lines of Influence, SCAD Museum of Art, GA
  • Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2017, Collateral Event, Palazzo Papadopoli, Venice
  • Regarding The Figure, Studio Museum Harlem, NY
  • POWER, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, CA
  • African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • 21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2017, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, UKR

2016

  • The Grand Balcony, La Biennale de Montreal 2017 curated by Philippe Pirotte, Musee d’art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, QC
  • Prix Canson 2016 Finalist’s Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
  • Human Interest: Portraits From The Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • KALEIDOSCOPE: A Moment of Grace, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

2015

  • Forces in Nature, organized by Hilton Als, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
  • Surround Audience, 2015 New Museum Triennial curated by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin, New Museum, NY

2014

  • Kings County, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Draped Down, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Meeting in Brooklyn, curated by Monica Lenaers, Landcommandery of Alden-Biesen, Bilzen, Belgium

2013

  • Housewarming, curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
  • Bronx Calling: The Second Bronx Biennial, Bronx Museum, NY
  • Cinematic Visions, Paintings at the Edge of Reality, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
  • Exhibition of Works by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY

2012

  • Primary Sources, The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY
  • Lost and Found: Belief and Doubt in Contemporary Pictures, Museum of New Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

2011

  • The Bearden Project, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • Collage Perspectives, Swarthmore College List Gallery, Swarthmore, PA

Residencies, Awards, and Grants

2017

  • MacArthur Fellowship ‘Genius Grant’

2016

  • Financial Times Women of the Year
  • Future Generation Art Prize 2017 Shortlist
  • Prix Canson 2016

2015

  • Foreign Policy’s Leading 100 Global Thinkers of 2015
  • Next Generation Prize, New Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. Grant
  • Art Here And Now (AHAN) Acquisition, LACMA

2014

  • The James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize, Smithsonian Museum

2013

  • The Space Program at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
  • Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • International Studio and Curatorial Program, sponsored by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust
  • Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant
  • Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace program

2011

  • Artist-In-Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem

Selected Press and Publications

2017

  • Vankin, Deborah, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby: The Painter in Her MacArthur Moment,” LA Times, November 2, 2017
  • Solway, Diane, “Nigerian Artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby Is Painting the Afropolitan Story in America,” W Magazine, September 2017
  • Neuendorf, Henri, “In Los Angeles, Sprüth Magers Celebrates the Artistic Contributions of African American Women,” ArtNet.com, March 31, 2017
  • Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, “On Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” @chimamandaadichie, February 17, 2017

2016

  • Steiner, Rochelle, Vitamin P3: New Perspectives In Painting, Phaidon, London, UK, 2016
  • Cattelan, Maurizio, and Salah, Myriam Ben, “FAQ,” Fontegrafica, Italy, 2016
  • Leers, Dan, “Seydou Keita: un innovateur qui a fait ecole,” Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 2016
  • Cloutier, Mario, “Deux artistes inquiètes face à l’ère Trump,” La Presse, December 28, 2016
  • Farago, Jason, “The Best American Art of 2016,” TheGuardian.com, December 15, 2016
  • Griffin, Jonathan, “Women of the Year: Njideka Akunyili Crosby On Her Breakthrough Year,” The Financial Times, December 7, 2016
  • Davies, Cassie, “Interview With Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” TheWhiteReview.com, November, 2016
  • Pohl, John, “Visual Arts: The Montreal Biennial Lives Up To The Curator’s Promise,” MontrealGazette.com, October 27, 2016
  • Herriman, Kat, “9 Must-See Artists At La Biennale de Montreal,” ArtNet.com, October 25, 2016
  • Aggarwal-Schifellite, Manisha, “The Lenny Interview: Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” LennyLetter.com, October 14, 2016
  • Jansen, Charlotte, “Portals On The World,” Elephant 28, Fall 2016
  • Baker, Harriet, “Multifaceted Collage of Cultures,” The Financial Times, October 7, 2016
  • Heawood, Sophie, “The Nigerian Artist Who Is Exploding The Myth of The ‘Authentic African Experience’,” The Guardian G2, October 4, 2016
  • Jansen, Charlotte, “In Massive Paintings, Njideka Akunyili Crosby Pushes Post-Colonial Narratives Forward,” Artsy.net, October 3, 2016
  • Ando, Erica, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” Bomb Magazine, Fall 2016
  • Walker, Tim, “Intricate Lives,” Vogue UK, October 2016
  • Barnard, Imelda, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby at Victoria Miro,” Apollo-Magazine.com, September 24, 2016
  • Jansen, Charlotte, “Interiors and Interiority: Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” Carla, Issue 4, 2016
  • N/A, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby Awarded 2016 Prix Canson Prize for Art on Paper,” ArtForum.com, June 22, 2016
  • Steadman, Ryan, “The Complicated Beauty of Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” Observer.com, May 5, 2016
  • Solway, Diane, “Art: Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” WMagazine, April, 2016
  • Brown, Liz, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” Elle Décor Magazine, March 2016
  • Sjostrom, Jan, “Nigerian-born Artist Explores Expatriate Identity at Norton Museum,” PalmBeachDailyNews.com, January 30, 2016

2015

  • Mullins, Charlotte, “Picturing People: The New State of the Art,” Thames & Hudson Ltd, London, 2015
  • Miranda, Carolina, “We Asked Some Art Work Luminaries to Pick the Best & Worst of 2015,” HyperAllergic.com, December 28, 2015
  • Krug, Simone, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Hammer Museum,” Art in America, December 2015
  • Jansen, Charlotte, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s intimate tableaus echo her transnational world,” Wallpaper.com, November 23, 2015
  • Sutton, Kate, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” Frieze.com, November 5, 2015
  • Dedieu, Jean-Philippe, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s Intimate Universes,” The New Yorker, November 5, 2015
  • Farago, Jason, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” Even Magazine, Issue 2, Fall 2015
  • N/A, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins Studio Museum in Harlem’s Wein Prize,” Artforum.com, October 27, 2015
  • Kennedy, Randy, “Wein Prize Is Awarded to a Nigerian-born Artist,” The New York Times, October 26, 2015
  • Russeth, Andrew, “Trans-Everything: Njideka Akunyili Crosby Mounts Two Shows in Los Angeles,” ArtNews.com, September 29, 2015
  • Burlison, Dani, “Amid Racially-Charged Violence, Art from African Diaspora Hits Home in ‘Portraits,’” KQED Arts, June 9, 2015
  • Wood, Sura, “Portraying Lives of the African Diaspora,” Bay Area Reporter, May 14,2015
  • Lehrer, Adam, “Six Pieces That Stuck Out at the New Museum’s Triennial,” Forbes.com, February 25, 2015
  • Burns, Charlotte, “New Museum’s Generational Triennial: Wired for the Future,” TheGuardian.com, February 25, 2015
  • Mongezeleli Joja, Athi, “Infinite Possibilities: Interview with Njideka Akunyili,” Contemporary And, January 5, 2015

2014

  • Fawcett, Kirstin, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s Intimate Work Straddles Mediums and Oceans,” Smithsonianmag.com, December 1, 2014
  • Smee, Sebastian, “Many Techniques, Much to Ponder, in ‘Rest of Her Remains’,” Boston Globe, March 4, 2014
  • Ong, Amandas, “Showcase: Njideka Akunyili,” Elephant, Issue 17 – Winter 2013-14

2013

  • Merjian, Ara H., Vitamin D2, Phaidon, London, UK, 2015
  • Wyatt, Daisy, “Things Fall Into Two Parts: Artist Njideka Akunyili Tells a New Nigerian Story,” The Independent, October 17, 2013
  • Abbe, Mary, “Do Believe the Hype,” Star Tribune, June 28, 2013
  • Steinhauer, Jillian, “Getting an International Glimpse at Open Studios,” Hyperallergic.com, April 30, 2013
  • Rose-Shapiro, Annette, “Feast for the Eyes,” ARTnews, February 2013

2012

  • Davies, Catriona, “Artist Joins Nigeria’s ‘Cultural Explosion,'” CNN – Inside Africa, October 23, 2012
  • Cotter, Holland, “Primary Sources,” The New York Times, July 20, 2012
  • Elliott, Bobby, “Primary Sources, The Studio Museum’s Annual Artists in Residence Exhibition,” Huffington Post, June 17, 2012
  • Mokgosi, Meleko and Simmons, Xaviera, “In the Studio With the 2011-12 Artists In Residence,” Studio Magazine, Summer/Fall 2012
  • Darke, Colin. “Found: Compelling New Art Center in Detroit (Introduction to Passenger),” Huffington Post, April 30, 2012

2011

  • Cotter, Holland. “A Griot for a Global Village,” The New York Times, December 8, 2011
  • Elliott, Bobby. “The Bearden Project: A Family Affair,” Huffington Post, December 7, 2011
  • Newhall, Edith. “Painterly Collages,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 27, 2011

Institutional Collections

  • Yale University Art Gallery
  • The Rubell Family Collection
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • The Tate Modern
  • The New Church Museum, Cape Town
  • Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • The Norton Museum of Art
  • Perez Art Museum Miami
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Smithsonian National Museum of African Arts

 

 

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