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[Exhibition] Arthur Jafa 'Air Above Mountains, Unknown Pleasures' @ Gavin Brown's Enterprise, NYC

Last Friday I attended the opening of Arthur Jafa's solo exhibition, 'Air Above Mountains, Unknown Pleasures', at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, in Harlem, NYC. An amazing mixed media exhibition, spanning three floors, that includes photography, video and sculpture. The exhibition, as I understood it, acts as a collage of art works from different art series but are put together so seamlessly that a powerful theme/message can easy be seen threading throughout.

If you don't know who Arthur Jafa is he's an artist, director, and the award-winning cinematographer for Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dusk. Though, you may also know his recent work with African American music artists such as Solange Knowles, Lauren Hill and Jay-Z. This oscillation between (high) art and popular culture is possibility what makes Jafa's work so striking as, in essence, he seems to expose the "avant garde" in the everyday, or is it the everyday in the avant garde? More importantly…

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