We’re back with special guest Benny Bing to talk about his latest art collection titled ‘BLOOM,’ which has recently released online. We get into his start in music, his unique art style, commissioning work for Dave Chappelle, having personal agency in the art world, taking back the narrative of the black experience, reconnecting the African diaspora, and much, much more. Check the full episode out above and tell us your thoughts, comments, and questions about the topics in the episode.
00:01:28 –Benny’s latest exhibition, ‘BLOOM’
00:10:35 –Benny’s self-taught start in art, the origin of “Benny Bing,” his art inspirations
00:26:44 – The rise of Nigerian art and “gatekeeping” in the art world
00:34:39 – Commissioning work for Dave Chappelle, the importance of personal agency, and the overlooked private sector
00:43:49 – Re-defining the “black experience” and reconnecting the African diaspora
00:55:07 – African culture breaking through to the mainstream
00:58:30 – Artists’ role in normalizing “blackness”
01:05:28 – Is the gallery model dying?
01:12:09 – The impact of COVID and taking the exhibition “online”
01:17:31 – Dealing with anxiety as an artist
01:25:53 – What’s in the future for Benny Bing?
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