Trip Through Khalif Kelly’s Wonderland


Khalif Kelly’s lush oil paintings evoke an almost random assortment of artists and artifacts, from Lewis Carroll and Spike Lee to The Sims and Enid Blyton’s Noddy. In his latest batch — much of it completed during a recent residency at the Studio Museum Harlem — robotlike adolescents, dapper rabbits, and sassy gnomes frolic in simultaneously cozy and perilous-seeming settings. The following works are from two shows, at Thierry Goldberg Projects and Studio Museum Harlem.