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'The Figure Remains Essentially Black in Every Circumstance': Kerry James Marshall Previews His Master Paintings at MCA Chicago

‘The Figure Remains Essentially Black in Every Circumstance’: Kerry James Marshall Previews His Master Paintings at MCA Chicago

CHICAGO — TWO PAINTINGS marked a turning point for Kerry James Marshall. Complete with Royal Crown Dressing hair pomade, a Zenith radio, and a business license with the first dollar made tucked into the frame, “De Style,” depicts a local Chicago barbershop. Another painting titled “The Lost Boys,” shows two...
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Ethiopian Photographer Aida Muluneh Finds Advantage in Creating and Distorting Reality

Ethiopian Photographer Aida Muluneh Finds Advantage in Creating and Distorting Reality

David Krut Projects is showing Aida Muluneh’s work at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York (May 6-8, 2916).   WHEN “THE DIVINE COMEDY: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists” opened last year at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., for the first time in the Smithsonian...
Mark Bradford Has Been Chosen to Represent United States at 2017 Venice Biennale

Mark Bradford Has Been Chosen to Represent United States at 2017 Venice Biennale

CRITICALLY RECOGNIZED ARTIST Mark Bradford will represent the United States at the 57th Venice Biennale next year. Bradford creates large-scale, abstract paintings, mixed-media works that explore a range of social justice issues. He will create a new site-specific installation for the U.S. Pavilion. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs chose...
Hauser & Wirth Announces Its Representation of Painter Jack Whitten

Hauser & Wirth Announces Its Representation of Painter Jack Whitten

KNOWN FOR HIS CONCEPTUAL APPROACH to abstraction, painter Jack Whitten has joined Hauser & Wirth. The New York gallery announced its worldwide representation of the artist on Friday. The news follows the first exhibition to span his entire career. “Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting” was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego...
Spring Shows: 32 New Exhibitions Feature Innovative Works by Black Artists

Spring Shows: 32 New Exhibitions Feature Innovative Works by Black Artists

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED museum exhibitions of the season, a major survey of Kerry James Marshall‘s work, primarily focused on his painting over the past 35 years, is opening at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, on April 23. In September, the exhibition will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York before...
Pioneering Malian Photographer Malick Sidibe Has Died at Age 80

Pioneering Malian Photographer Malick Sidibe Has Died at Age 80

Embed from Getty Images   CONSIDERED ON OF THE MOST influential photographers of his time, Malick Sidibe has died at age 80. For more than half a century, the Malian photographer documented the post-independence cultural transformation in his native country. He was recognized for his legendary studio portraits and dynamic street shots, bringing Mali’s people...
Yale's Beinecke Library Buys $100,000 Map of Prohibition-Era Harlem

Yale’s Beinecke Library Buys $100,000 Map of Prohibition-Era Harlem

IN 1932, IF YOU WERE LOOKING for an uptown night club or speakeasy that was open all night, an illustrated map by E. Simms Campbell (1906-1971) would have been a valuable resource. Today, it is a valuable treasure. The original artwork for the map sold for $100,000 (including fees) at the Printed and Manuscript African...
Sculptor Martin Puryear to Receive Yaddo Artist Medal in May

Sculptor Martin Puryear to Receive Yaddo Artist Medal in May

  YADDO IS HONORING one of its own. The third annual Yaddo Artist Medal will be presented to sculptor Martin Puryear (above), who has deep connections with the artist community. The medal “recognizes individuals who have sustained a high level of achievement in their artistic discipline and reinforced the sense of community that is central...
Culture Talk: Courtney Willis Blair on Ryan Lee Gallery's Representation of Emma Amos

Culture Talk: Courtney Willis Blair on Ryan Lee Gallery’s Representation of Emma Amos

  AT THE REAR OF RYAN LEE GALLERY in New York, a 1966 painting by Emma Amos casually sits on the floor leaning against the wall between works by other gallery artists. Blending figuration and Abstract Expressionism, the canvas references Color Field painting and conjures Bob Thompson. The work bears little resemblance to the collage...
Sculptor Inge Hardison, Who Paid Tribute to African American Legends, Has Died

Sculptor Inge Hardison, Who Paid Tribute to African American Legends, Has Died

A TRUE RENAISSANCE WOMAN, sculptor Inge Hardison, was also a photographer, poet and actress. The New York Daily News published an article announcing her death today, reporting that she died on March 23 “after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.” Hardison lived in Manhattan and was 102. Hardison was recognized for her sculptural portraits of...
Studio Museum Director Thelma Golden Joins Board of Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Studio Museum Director Thelma Golden Joins Board of Los Angeles County Museum of Art

AN INFLUENTIAL FIGURE IN THE ART WORLD, Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem is expanding her institutional reach to the West Coast. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced the election of three new members to its board of trustees today, including Golden. Caroline Grainge and Soumaya...
Portrait of an Artist: Baltimore-based Amy Sherald Wins Smithsonian's Outwin Boochever Competition

Portrait of an Artist: Baltimore-based Amy Sherald Wins Smithsonian’s Outwin Boochever Competition

EXPLORING RACE, REPRESENTATION AND PERFORMANCE, there is a certain something about the portraits painted by Baltimore artist Amy Sherald. Painted in grayscale, the bodies of her subjects are absent of color. Everything else in the large-scale fantastical portraits of African Americans—their distinctive clothing and the background against which they are set—celebrates color. The Smithsonian is...
Mining the Collection: Julie Mehretu, Rashid Johnson and Wangechi Mutu Discuss Compelling Works at the Met

Mining the Collection: Julie Mehretu, Rashid Johnson and Wangechi Mutu Discuss Compelling Works at the Met

“HOW DO YOU PAINT YOUR SLAVE?” artist Julie Mehretu wonders. She is looking at “Juan de Pareja,” a 1650 oil on canvas by Spanish painter Velázquez (1599–1660). She describes it as portrait of a black man with copper skin and brown eyes. “He was one of his primary assistants and he was his slave… The...