The gallery describes the multimedia artist’s work as “high neo-Baroque style with low pop-advertising imagery.” Hmmm. I am not sure what to say about Newsome’s work. Without a doubt, he has staged innovative performance art (including “Tournament,” a rap battle that was a part of the Marlborough exhibit.) And his collages are certainly intricate, but their subject matter feels dated. As the most creative players in rap and hip hop have generally moved on to a more refined aesthetic, Newsome’s collages and video installations pay tribute to a hackneyed quartet—money, cars, women and bling.
His work has apparently garnered a following though. I visited the exhibit on Dec. 3, the last day of the show, and all of the framed works that I checked had little red “sold” stickers on them. Newsome’s forthcoming shows take place at the Miami Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
All photos by Arts Observer