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Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe

By Terence Trouillot

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe’s exhibition at Roberts Projects features an ensemble of paintings that, although clearly indebted to the colorful, virtuosic work of Barkley L. Hendricks and Kerry James Marshall, present an idiosyncratic perspective on African culture through the celebrated form of black portraiture.

Ten new large-scale paintings—each portraying a friend, a fellow artist, or a stranger from the street or internet—cover the white walls of the expansive Culver City gallery for “Black Like Me,” the Ghanaian artist’s first solo gallery show in the United States.