Reading Al Hassan Issah’s Radicant Formalism

Exhibition Review: Seduced by the Charms of a Mistake on View at Nubuke Foundation, Accra (December 18, 2021 to March 12, 2022)

Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh


This exhibition review analyzes Al Hassan Issah’s debut solo exhibition in terms of the artist’s spatial approach to painting, which transgresses the traditional limits of the medium. One could suggest that the exhibition presents an altermodern criticism of the formalist ethos of modern art that is influenced by academic, mainstream art, and quotidian sources. The article argues that Issah’s formalism considers painting as a synthesis of structural, plastic, spatial, temporal, and aural forms.

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