Dabls + Normal Nudity, With Michael Stone Richards

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Please join us as Michael Stone Richards, professor of critical theory, literature and visual studies at the College for Creative Studies, and editor of the arts journal Detroit Research, discusses Dabls, his work, and his place in the Detroit and African American art landscapes.


In 2011, Olayami Dabls began working feverishly on a series of figurative watercolors, all depicting nude figures. He painted as many as 200 before abruptly stopping. The work remained unseen and stacked in the basement studio of the African Bead Museum that he runs. A year later billionaire businessman Luciano Bennetton was taking an art tour of Detroit, dropped by and bought 10 on the spot. Still, the work remained in the basement. Until now.

Dabls, mostly known for his renegade sculptural work, is a recent Kresge Fellow and a rising figure in the Detroit Art scene. His rediscovered paintings are now on view at Public Pool in Normal Nudity––his first solo show in 20 years.

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By: Public Pool