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Cover Worthy: David Hammons Body Print Graces Phillips Auction Catalog

Cover Worthy: David Hammons Body Print Graces Phillips Auction Catalog

WHEN PHILLIPS CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION gets underway tomorrow morning, a central highlight of the show will be an early work on paper by David Hammons (b. 1943). “Moving to the Other Side,” one of the artist’s celebrated body prints, graces the cover of Phillips “Under the Influence” catalog where it...
New Autograph ABP Exhibition is Latest Exploration of Early Images of Blacks

New Autograph ABP Exhibition is Latest Exploration of Early Images of Blacks

THROUGHOUT THE AFRICAN DIASPORA the image and representation of black people have been fraught with a history of power, subjugation, racism and stereotype. For generations, the black community was largely absent from the visual record of societies from Europe to the Americas. When blacks lacked the means and agency to...
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Art Agenda | Sept. 15-21, 2014

Art Agenda | Sept. 15-21, 2014

The Week in Black Art | Sept. 6 - 12, 2014

The Week in Black Art | Sept. 6 – 12, 2014

A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring performance art at MOCA LA, Swann’s forthcoming African American art auction, the passing of Detroit artist Gilda Snowden, and more MOCA LA is Embracing Lives Art Programming Again The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is gearing up for Step and Repeat:...
A Browse Through the 'Ideal Bookshelf' of Hilton Als

A Browse Through the ‘Ideal Bookshelf’ of Hilton Als

Stephen Burks: The Design World's Global Ambassador

Stephen Burks: The Design World’s Global Ambassador

DESIGN IS ABOUT PROBLEM SOLVING and for a decade Stephen Burks has been offering innovative solutions. The New York-based designer collaborates with artisans in South Africa, Peru, Colombia and Haiti, helping them hone their designs and access new markets and partners with high-end European brands to create luxury products with a global sensibility. Along the...
Art Agenda | Sept. 8-14, 2014

Art Agenda | Sept. 8-14, 2014

ART AGENDA LISTS UPCOMING EVENTS, must-see exhibition openings and interesting talks happening this week in black art. Today’s edition features a Carrie Mae Weems talk in Brooklyn, a conversation with Nick Cave about his new monograph, exhibitions featuring Chakaia Booker, Kehinde Wiley, Derrick Adams, Fahamou Pecou and more: Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 DEADLINE for Johnson...
The Week in Black Art | Aug. 30 - Sept. 5, 2014

The Week in Black Art | Aug. 30 – Sept. 5, 2014

A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring Shinique Smith, Mark Bradford, Nick Cave, a documentary about black photographers and more Detail of “Majesty” 2012 (ink and acrylic on canvas over panel) by Shinique Smith via MFA Boston Shinique Smith Responds to 21 Questions “Bright Matter” at the Museum of...
Fall Preview: The Season's 16 Most-Anticipated Art Exhibitions

Fall Preview: The Season’s 16 Most-Anticipated Art Exhibitions

THE NEW EXHIBITION SEASON IS UNDERWAY and fall’s most anticipated museum and gallery shows are opening soon. In the coming months, 16 exhibitions will feature highly regarded and innovative black artists working across a range of mediums. Chris Ofili’s first major solo museum exhibition in the United States opens at the New Museum on Oct....
Art Agenda | Sept. 1 - 7, 2014

Art Agenda | Sept. 1 – 7, 2014

ART AGENDA IS A LISTING OF MUST-SEE EXHIBITION OPENINGS and interesting talks and events happening this week in black art. Today’s edition features a pair of much-antipated exhibitions of new works by Nick Cave at Jack Shainman Gallery, art and civil rights at Dartmouth, a Hank Willis Thomas public art installation in Chicago, Kara Walker...
The Week in Black Art | Aug. 23 - 29, 2014

The Week in Black Art | Aug. 23 – 29, 2014

A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring Afropunk portraits, Kara Walker, Rashaad Newsome and more Vogue Publishes Afropunk Hair Portraits by Awol Erizku Vogue.com dispatched Awol Erizku to the 10th annual Afropunk Festival in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn to document the fabulous, natural and architectural hairstyles on parade....
Studio Museum in Harlem Makes Two Major Announcements

Studio Museum in Harlem Makes Two Major Announcements

EARLIER THIS WEEK, the Studio Museum in Harlem made two major announcements. The storied institution that describes itself as a nexus for artists of African descent has tapped Amanda Hunt (at right) to join its curatorial team. The Philadelphia native will serve as assistant curator, filling a coveted post left vacant when Thomas J. Lax...
Kara Walker Pitcher Elicits a Difference of Opinion

Kara Walker Pitcher Elicits a Difference of Opinion

JUXTAPOSITION CAN BE INCREDIBLY ILLUMINATING. Earlier this year, Kara Walker collaborated with Bernardaud and LizWorks to create a limited-edition porcelain pitcher and this week the New York Times asked J. Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons and singer-songwriter Courtney Love what they thought about it. In a new feature called “Take Two: A Dual Review of...
Smithsonian Announces Nominees for James Dicke Prize

Smithsonian Announces Nominees for James Dicke Prize

DAVE MCKENZIE, MICKALENE THOMAS, JULIE MEHRETU and Theaster Gates are in good company. The artists are among 13 nominated for the biennial James Dicke Contemporary Art Prize. The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced the nominees on Aug. 14. Established by the museum in 2001 to recognize a visionary artist younger than 50 who has produced...