THE STAR: Black Artists’ Works Create a Gallery in a $7-Million Model Suite

September 15, 2020

The pieces are compelling — an imposing, wall-mounted necklace evokes “slave chains” as well as the bling for which it is named; striking portraits of Black women and men; a sizable and vertical sculpture, by a Ghanaian artist, created from discarded water containers and other pollution.

These arresting works are part of a pop-up exhibition in a $7-million (U.S.) model home at 181 Fremont, an 800-foot tower in San Francisco. It’s the tallest residential building on the West Coast.

A wall hanging in the dining area was made by Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey from pollution, such as plastic water containers, which he believes have the potential to leach harmful chemicals into the environment.

Called PODIUM, the highrise exhibition includes 20 artworks by 15 renowned Black artists.

“Each work speaks to racial equity, justice or colonialism in some way,” art adviser Holly Baxter told the Star. “Each piece tells a story and resonates with the (viewer) in a deep way.”

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