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Another exhibition that sees everything through the prism of race

9 March 2024

9:00 AM

9 March 2024

9:00 AM

The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure

National Portrait Gallery, until 19 May

A wave of totalising race-first exhibitions has swept through UK art institutions of late. The National Portrait Gallery’s remit of ‘reflecting’ British society could reasonably make one wary of its turn at the same project. Indeed, a false, stilted language accompanies curator Ekow Eshun’s The Time is Always Now. To have some 20 artists ‘reframing the black figure’ somehow sounds both ambiguous and politically predetermined.

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