DANIELLE MCKINNEY


DANIELLE MCKINNEY

Danielle Mckinney’s (b. 1981) interior scenes capture moments of human introspection and intimacy with painterly lyricism. Mckinney builds her compositions from an all-black canvas, resulting in scenes emerging from darkness in chiaroscuro fashion. Like dioramas, these domestic spaces are carefully composed; the artist constructs her interiors with sourced material from magazines or social media. The atmospheric compositions are interspersed with shimmering highlights of colour: the faint glow of a lit cigarette, held by protagonists with brightly coloured lips and fiercely painted fingernails. The figures, exclusively Black and female, are seen cherishing moments of solitude: reading, smoking, or simply lost in contemplation. As a trained photographer, Mckinney arranges her subjects cinematographically, with an astute awareness of the gaze and its political power. Her figures command the space in which they find themselves, opening opportunities for endless narrative strands and self-exploration.

Danielle Mckinney’s canvases don’t simply ask to be looked upon. They ask viewers to breathe alongside them, inviting us to inhale and exhale in rhythm with their languid figures and supple layers of paint. Their brushstrokes seem to breathe, too: They are thick yet soft, applied with a looseness and freedom that elicits a meditative air of unburdening. Set in placid interiors, Mckinney’s paintings feature Black women stealing moments of quietude and interiority that solicit a similar stillness from viewers as we slip into the shadows of the canvas.

Z. Hopkins, ‘In Danielle Mckinney's Lyrical Paintings, Black Women Reclaim Domestic Space,’ in Artsy, 31 October 2022

Image: Table for Two, 2023, oil on linen, 61 x 45.7 cm.; 24 x 18 in. Photo: Nik Massey

Group Exhibitions


ON PAPER

Giulia Andreani, Louise Bonnet, André Butzer, Carroll Dunham, Ida Ekblad, Barry Flanagan, Günther Förg, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Jake Longstreth, Victor Man, Danielle Mckinney, Albert Oehlen, Adam Pendleton, Richard Prince, Eleanor Swordy, Tursic & Mille, Rinus Van de Velde, Grace Weaver

Paris: 46 & 57, rue du Temple
2 March – 6 April 2024

Biography


VITA

1981

Born in Montgomery, USA


2005

BFA, Atlanta College of Arts


2013

MFA, Parsons School of Design, New York


Lives and works in Jersey City

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Blenheim Art Foundation, Oxfordshire

Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson

Dallas Museum of Art

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Longlati Foundation, Shanghai

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Speed Art Museum, Louisville

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

Fondazione Re Rebaudengo, Turin


2023

Metamorphic
Night Gallery, Los Angeles


2022

Golden Hour
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York


2021

Midnight Oil
Marianne Boesky Gallery, Aspen

Smoke and Mirrors
Night Gallery, Los Angeles

Saw My Shadow
Fortnight Institute, New York

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

On Paper
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris



2023

Pictures Girls Make”: Portraitures
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

PRESENT '23: Building the Scantland Collection

Columbus Museum of Art

Presence in the Pause: Interiority and its Radical Immanence
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha

So let us all be citizens too, curated by Ebony L. Haynes
David Zwirner, London

Rear View
LGDR, New York

Talk of the Town: A Dallas Museum of Art Pop-Up Exhibition curated, by Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Fair and NorthPark Center


2022

A Different Now is Close Enough to Exhale on You, curated by Bonaventure Ndikung
Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town

In Our Time: Selections from the Singer Collection, curated by Allison Glenn
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY
The Contemporary Austin

Heroic Bodies
Rudolph Tegners Museum and Statue Park, Dronningmølle

Uncanny Interiors

Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York

Black Melancholia, curated by Nana Adusei-Poku
Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson

Women Painting Women
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Fire Figure Fantasy: Selections from ICA Miami’s Collection
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami


2021

Reflections: Part 1: Female Figures by Women Artists
Workplace Gallery, New Castle

Black Bodies, White Spaces: Invisibility and Hypervisibility, curated by Aindrea Emelife
Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas

My Secret Garden
Asia Art Center, Taipei

and I will wear you in my heart of heart
Flag Art Foundation, New York

The Lonely Ones, curated by Katelyn Eichwald
Fortnight Institute, New York

Friend Zone, curated by Vaughn Spann
Half Gallery, New York

Selected Press


Financial Times January 2023

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Hyperallergic January 2023

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Vogue September 2022

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Elephant June 2021

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Juxtapoz May 2021

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Mousse Magazine May 2021

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