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ART NEWSGerman often creates sculptures that are adorned with beads, fabrics, cowrie shells, glass, and more. Often, these works are intended to serve a restorative purpose and seem imbued with ritualistic power. Past works have involved the creation of altar-like spaces for victims of racist police killings, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. On view now at New York’s Kasmin gallery is a show by german that includes a new set of works in this vein. According to the artist, they take their inspiration from West African folk art and the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s.

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