Congratulations to MacArthur Fellowship Awardee Njideka Akunyili Crosby

The Nigeria-born, now Brooklyn-based, artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby was awarded a well-deserved MacArthur ("Genius") Fellowship for 2017. Her exquisite paintings, dense with visual information, are both immediately striking and rewarding of sustained examination.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Predecessors (2013). Courtesy of the artist via her website. 

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Predecessors (2013). Courtesy of the artist via her website. 

I first saw her work several years ago at a gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, before she joined Victoria Miro Gallery and acquired broad exposure. It was immediately obvious on first encountering her work that she was a major talent.