Andrew Goldstein, ARTNET, December 8, 2018

Devan Shimoyama at Untitled

Who: A 29-year-old Philadelphia artist with a Yale MFA and a tremendous amount of buzz, Shimoyama paints mesmerizing portraits that often comment on his multifaceted concerns—from police-shooting victims to notions of masculinity—as a young gay black man in America, embellishing them with with sequins and other eye-grabbing materials to provide layers of unexpected visual counterpoint. He currently has a solo show (“Cry, Baby”) at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and recently completed a stint at Miami’s Ayn Rand-inspired Fountainhead Residency.

What: At Untitled, De Buck gallery brought several smaller paintings from Shimoyama’s series exploring the culture of black barbershops, along with two dazzling larger portraits from his new body of work incorporating books. One, a self-portrait, shows the artist, eyes ablaze with rhinestones, reading V.S. Naipul’s The Loss of Eldorado, which hearkens back to Shimoyama’s own family history in Trinidad.

Where: The booth of De Buck Gallery, New York

How Much: The smaller works are around $18,000 while the larger are priced at about $50,000—but they were all sold out on the fair’s opening day, gone to his growing cadre of collectors. His paintings “are never available for more than a few days,” says his dealer, David De Buck.

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