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Senga Nengudi

Sprüth Magers / Los Angeles / Art

“All of this is somewhat of a disruption,” explains the Black installation artist Senga Nengudi. “I’m disrupting a flow of thought, an easy flow of thought.” Using narratives and rituals from cultures that are disparate in geography and time, Nengudi challenges preconceptions and motivates viewers to see beyond their own personal histories. Her sand installation Sandmining B nods to Navajo painting, Tibetan mandalas, and Rangoli in India. In an adjacent room, her installation Bulemia (1988/2018) repurposes old newspapers to make a huge ruffled wall of print, gilded here and there with gold spray paint. The headlines blare moments of Black history in the United States. —E.C.

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