Awol Erizku’s show in Chelsea is a clever nod to the contemporary art world with an inner city New York spin. A wall of basketball hoops is displayed in a clear homage to Donald Judd’s “Stacks” sculptures, a shopping bag featuring the gorgeous Beyonce is embellished with a beard, a wall of black basketball t-shirts is displayed reverentially, this is urban pop art at it’s finest.
The show’s title “The Only Way Is Up” is taken from a Quincy Jones song Erizku often listened to as a child. His photographs are exceptional and continue the theme of the show, art and the urban iconography of life in New York.Awol Erizku. The Only Way Is Up. Hasted Kraeutler. 537 West 24th Street. NY. 10011. Tel: 212 627 0006