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    Acclaimed Artist Derek Fordjour '01 Interviewed By Comedian Trevor Noah For Interview Magazine

    December 5, 2023

    IMG_0897-scaled-e1700066180188To Derek Fordjour '01, the stakes are high in art. “There are a lot of paintings in the world,” he remembers a graduate school professor telling him. “Why do we need another one?” Ever since, the Ghanaian-American artist has made sure his work toys with the big questions, and his newest show, which opened last week at Chelsea’s Petzel Gallery, is no exception. Titled SCORE, it’s an exploration of the parallel meanings of “score” in Fordjour’s work—to excavate, to compose, to compete—through sculpture, paintings, and performance art in collaboration with dancer Sidra Bell and banjoist Hannah Mayree.

    It’s his most personal, autobiographical show yet, and as he tells his friend, the comedian Trevor Noah, who called Fordjour from Minneapolis, “It’s in that space between real life and the unreal that we create."

    Read the full interview here.

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