Cassi Namoda - Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Charity Auction London Monday, March 15, 2021 | Phillips
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  • Provenance

    Donation courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery

  • Catalogue Essay

    In Princess Elizabeth Bagaya of Toro Cassi Namoda reinvents a photo of the former Ugandan Minister of Cultural Affairs carrying a bunch of bananas. Princess Elizabeth was the first black woman to be featured on the cover of American Vogue in 1968, and she will appear in the magazine again this month. Namoda was one of a few artists specially commissioned by Vogue Italia to create a new work inspired by an inspirational figure of the artist’s choice. For Vogue, Namoda has refashioned the Princess by dressing her in sapphire blue dress from Alexander McQueen’s latest spring/summer 2021 collection.

    Namoda’s painting and performances explore the intricacies of social dynamics and mixed cultural and racial identity. Her colourful paintings often capture individuals set within group situations; sitters stare out of faceless crowds with intensity. This psychological acuity pierces the viewer of Princess Elizabeth Bagaya of Toro as we are drawn to her calm expression radiating from the from the surface of the painting

    Cassi Namoda (b. 1988, Maputo, Mozambique) lives and works between Los Angeles and Easthampton. Recent solo exhibitions include Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, François Ghebaly, Los Angeles and Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami. Namoda’s work has been included in exhibitions at Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, New York; CFHILL, Stockholm; Library Street Collective, Detroit; Nicodim Galleries, Los Angeles and Bucharest. Her work is held in the collection of The Studio Museum in Harlem; Baltimore Museum, Baltimore, Pérez Art Museum, Miami and MACAAL, Marrakesh. Last year, Namoda was named one of the ‘Rising Arts Stars of 2020’ by Elephant Magazine and was commissioned to paint a cover for the January issue of Vogue Italia.


Princess Elizabeth Bagaya of Toro

signed, titled and dated 'C. Namoda 2021 Princess Bagaya of Toro' on the reverse
oil on cotton poly
100.3 x 81.3 cm (39 1/2 x 32 in.)
Painted in 2021.

£8,000 - 12,000 


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Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Charity Auction

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