N’Namdi Contemporary Fine Art will open its latest exhibition of Expressionist painter, Herbert Gentry entitled Rounded Friendship on October 13th, 2019.
Herbert Gentry an American artist, was born in 1919 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a young child, he and his mother moved to Harlem, finding themselves in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance. Thanks to his mother’s career as a Savoy Ballroom beauty queen and dancer, he was nurtured in Sunday afternoon salons by the actors and musicians, writers and poets, and dancers of the decade.
These experiences molded his view of the world and as a result became his source of inspiration in the expressive figures you will see throughout the show.
Jumaane N’Namdi, director of N’Namdi Contemporary Miami and N’Namdi Contemporary Chicago, was introduced to the professional art world at the age of six. It was at this time in 1981, when his father, George, founded the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit, Mi. Reared in the gallery business and amid an extensive family art collection, Jumaane developed his innate appreciation and understanding for the interrelationship of art, artist and collector.
Upon graduation from Morehouse College in 1997, Jumaane, begin his formal career in the arts at what was then the burgeoning G.R. N’Namdi Gallery Chicago. His discerning eye began to distinguish great pieces from good ones, making it possible for his art patrons to meet world-renowned artists and to develop some of the country’s most prestigious art collections. While under his father’s tutelage, Jumaane quickly assumed the directorship of G.R. N’Namdi Gallery Chicago and subsequently G.R. N’Namdi Gallery New York.