Intricately cut paper overlaid with colorful paint and gold leaf, monumental narrative paintings, drawings featuring animal-human hybrids, and large panels painted with abstract patterns greeted visitors at the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh's special exhibition entitled “The Ease of Fiction.” Independent curator Dexter Wimberly organized the diverse array of media and subject matter around two tenets: The four artists featured in the show are US-based but African-born, and their respective artworks interrogate the ease of accepting narrative as truth. Although many of the questions posed in Wimberly's exhibition have been asked before, the show provided timely and nuanced insight into a number of issues relevant to the fields of African art, contemporary global art, and international politics.

Juxtaposed on the first floor of the exhibition were the mixed media works of Sherin...

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