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Nayland Blake

Nayland Blake has been exhibiting his work at Matthew Marks Gallery since 1993. Interracial desire, same-sex love, and racial and sexual bigotry are recurrent themes in Blake's sculptures, drawings, performances, and videos, which reflect his preoccupation with his own racial and sexual identities. In his first solo show at Matthew Marks Gallery, he exhibited eight sculptures that expanded on an earlier body of work, dealing with role playing, the skin's role in race and personal identity, and the concept of "passing" in terms of identity.

Blake (b. 1960) is an interdisciplinary artist living in New York. His work has been shown extensively since 1990, notably in one-person survey exhibitions at the Yerba Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Location One in New York, and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Blake participated in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and the 1993 Venice Biennale, and was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012.

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Gallery Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions
Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
New York, NY
Apr 24 - Jul 20, 2019
United by AIDS – An Exhibition About Loss, Remembrance, Activism and Art in Response to HIV/AIDS
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Zurich, Switzerland
Aug 31 - Nov 2, 2019
No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Sep 29, 2019 - Jan 26, 2020