It was Kahlil Joseph’s brother who made him an artist. Or at least that’s one way to describe how Mr. Joseph, a successful director who has worked with Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé, came to premiere his film “Fly Paper” at the New Museum this fall.
An impressionistic collage of Harlem’s past and present, “Fly Paper” is being shown continuously in a new ground-floor gallery space at the museum as part of the exhibition, “Kahlil Joseph: Shadow Play.”
The film’s title evokes one of Mr. Joseph’s critical influences: the photographer Roy DeCarava, renowned for his chiaroscuro images of Harlem life and culture. Mr. DeCarava, who died in 2009, collected some of his photographs in a best-selling book, “The Sweet Flypaper of Life” (1955), with text by Langston Hughes.
This New Museum show is Mr. Joseph’s first solo exhibition in New York. That would be a milestone for any artist but it may be especially significant because Mr. Joseph first showed his work in a gallery a mere three years ago.
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