Power 100

Most influential people in 2021 in the contemporary artworld


Ebony L. Haynes

Curator - Director of David Zwirner’s 52 Walker, changing the system from within

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Photo: Lelanie Foster

Haynes was taken on by David Zwirner to do something different, and she sees 52 Walker, the newly opened gallery in Lower Manhattan, as adopting an ‘adapted kunsthalle model’, albeit one backed by blue-chip money. Haynes is to take things slower and make things riskier than the market normally demands, opening with a solo show for Kandis Williams, an artist who explores race, authority and eroticism through collage, performance, video, assemblage and installation work. The gallery will then proceed at a leisurely pace through four further shows in 2022, featuring Nikita Gale, Nora Turato, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Tau Lewis, each accompanied by an issue of Clarion, the gallery’s in-house journal. It’s an approach that’s catching on: in December Haynes will curate part of the NADA Miami art fair, featuring similar risk-taking galleries. Haynes also runs an online programme that offers professional-practice workshops, for free, to Black students worldwide; herself a model of how to change the system from within. 

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