NCRC Art is pleased to present the group exhibition “Abstract View: Detroit,” organized by The N’Namdi Center. The exhibition includes a selection of paintings by some of Detroit’s most noted abstract artists, including Stamps alum Alvin Loving (MFA ‘65), the first African-American artist to have a one-person show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibition also includes work by 2007 Penny Stamps Speaker Series presenter Charles McGee, Allie McGhee, Artis Lane, Anita Bates, MacArthur Binion, Gilda Snowden, M. Saffell Gardner and Jocelyn Rainey.
These works come from the N’Namdi Collection, one of the finest private collections of African American art. The combined works cover more than a century of art in every genre and is anchored by contemporary abstract paintings. The collection can be seen as a legacy investment, which assists in securing the heritage of African American artists.
The N’Namdi Collection
George N’Namdi has been collecting art since he was an undergraduate at Ohio State University in the late 1960s. After receiving a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, he left a successful practice to open his first gallery Jazzonia in Harmonie Park, Detroit, in 1981.The gallery’s name, derived from the Langston Hughes poem of the same name, captures insight into the influences, which inspire the collection and interests of N’Namdi. In 1984 he established the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery. Since then, he has owned galleries in Detroit, Birmingham, Chicago and New York. For N’Namdi, it has been a privilege and a passion to share his collection with the public. The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art is located at 52 E. Forest Avenue in Midtown Detroit.
Abstract View: Detroit
June 22 through September 16, 2015
Exhibition Closing Reception: 5 — 7 PM, Wednesday, September 9
U‑M North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) Rotunda Gallery, Building 18
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor