New Yorker Cover Story: Kadir Nelson’s “Second Line”

New Yorker Cover Story: Kadir Nelson’s “Second Line”

I wanted to capture the memory of Hurricane Katrina and its aftereffects—the spirit of New Orleans, its resilience, its culture,” Kadir Nelson says of his cover for this week’s issue, which coincides with the tenth anniversary of Katrina. “And one of the first images that came to mind was a kid playing music, an image somber and hopeful at the same time.”

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A selection of Nelson’s paintings is currently on view at RJD Gallery in Sag Harbor as part of a group exhibition called “Looking Forward Into the Past.” “All of the images I have are inspired by the Harlem Renaissance era,” he says. “They’re imagined scenes of archetypes from that period. I love the sense of New York and Harlem in the twenties, and a lot of the work pays homage to that very specific sense of style, of the integrity of the people who made up that era.”

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20" x 24" / 50.8 x 61cm
Oil on canvas covered panel

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16" x 16" / 40.6 x 40.6cm
Oil on canvas covered panel

Adam and Eve

80.25" x 53.37" / 203.8 x 135.6cm
Mixed media on canvas

Tools of the Trade

41.75" x 56.75" / 106 x 144.1cm
Mixed media on canvas

The Secret Garden

8" x 8" / 20.3 x 20.3cm
Watercolor on Aquabord

The Monarch

8" x 8" / 20.3 x 20.3cm
Watercolor on Aquabord

The Search

51.18" x 35.04" / 130 x 89cm
Oil on wood panel

Birds Watching

31.5" x 20.87" / 80 x 53cm
Oil on linen on ACM

Uplifted

59.05" x 38.19" / 150 x 97cm
Oil on wood panel

Quiet Glow

31.89" x 23.62" / 81 x 60cm
Oil on canvas

The Plunge

59" x 37.8" / 149.9 x 96cm
Oil on linen on ACM

The Chase

29.5" x 47.25" / 74.9 x 120cm
Oil on wood panel

Knoll’s Edge – Limited Edition Unframed Print

20 x 20 in, 50.8 x 50.8 cm

PURCHASE

The Thinker

24" x 20" / 61 x 50.8cm
Oil and 22k gold leaf on wood panel

Paper Dolls

36" x 36" / 91.4 x 91.4cm
Oil and 22k gold leaf on wood panel

Rainfall

24" x 30" / 61 x 76.2cm
Oil on Canvas

The Messenger

20" x 24" / 50.8 x 61cm

Law of Unattraction

28" x 22" / 71.1 x 55.9cm
Oil on canvas

Two Brothers

36" x 24" / 91.4 x 61cm
Oil on canvas

The Road Anywhere

24" x 20" / 61 x 50.8cm
Graphite, charcoal and acrylic on Stonehenge paper

Tailor

86" x 53.5" / 218.4 x 135.9cm
Mixed media on canvas

Runaway – Limited Edition Unframed Print

20 x 20 in, 50.8 x 50.8 cm

PURCHASE

Rural Sisters, Pig – Limited Edition Framed Print

28 x 22 in, 71.1 x 55.9 cm

PURCHASE

Rural Sisters, Chicken – Limited Edition Framed Print

28 x 22 in, 71.1 x 55.9 cm

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Red Tulips

39" x 47" / 99.1 x 119.4cm
Oil on linen

Surrender

30" x 24" / 76.2 x 61cm
Oil on canvas

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