In “Social Works,” Antwaun Sargent Explores the Connections Between Space and Black Social Practice
“Social Works,” a group exhibition that opened this week at New York’s Gagosian gallery on West 24th Street, explores space—and the myriad ways it can be used to build and strengthen communities—through the lens of art. On view through August 13, the show marks critic and curator Antwaun Sargent’s first presentation for the global art conglomerate (which added him to its roster of directors earlier this year), and features 12 Black artists, including Zalika Azim, Linda Goode Bryant, Theaster Gates, and Carrie Mae Weems, who engage with their respective locales through humanitarian projects such as food banks, mentorship programs, and neighborhood revitalization efforts. “We live with this notion of land art, and we’ve established a sort of canon around a certain type of land artist,” Sargent says. “This show tries to help us rethink that notion, and [consider] how [other] artists have used land and are thinking about space,” be it public, institutional, metaphysical, or otherwise.