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Look, See, Buy: African American Art at Art Basel in Miami Beach, a Survey of What was on View and What Sold

Look, See, Buy: African American Art at Art Basel in Miami Beach, a Survey of What was on View and What Sold

“Hammons meets a hyena on holiday,” (2016) by Henry Taylor sold for $70,000 at Blum & Poe gallery.   HOWARDENA PINDELL WAS ON HAND to talk about her work at Garth Greenan Gallery. Sean Combs spent time checking out the latest offering by Mickalene Thomas. Nigel Freeman of Swann Auction...
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Jack Shainman Announces its Representation of Nina Chanel Abney, Will Debut Artist's Work at Art Basel Miami Beach

Jack Shainman Announces its Representation of Nina Chanel Abney, Will Debut Artist’s Work at Art Basel Miami Beach

Jack Shainman Gallery is presenting two new untitled paintings by Nina Chanel Abney at Art Basel Miami Beach.   THE JACK SHAINMAN BOOTH at Art Basel Miami Beach is always a big draw, presenting artists from its impressive roster of diverse artists. This year the space will feature a new artist. Jack Shainman announced its...
William T. Williams Joins Michael Rosenfeld in New York, Gaining Gallery Representation for the First Time in 40 Years

William T. Williams Joins Michael Rosenfeld in New York, Gaining Gallery Representation for the First Time in 40 Years

WILLIAM T. WILLIAMS, “Truckin,” 1969 (acrylic on cotton canvas). | via Swann Auction Galleries   A SINGLE PAINTING GREETS VISITORS when they enter the fourth-floor visual art galleries at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. The large-scale, abstract geometric painting, a captivating mix of color and composition,...
2016 Holiday Gift Guide: 30 Objects Inspired by the Work of African American Artists

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: 30 Objects Inspired by the Work of African American Artists

  FOR THE ART ENTHUSIASTS ON YOUR LIST, consider a gift inspired by one of the most critically acclaimed African American artists working today. Culture Type has curated a list of 30 fabulous finds to fit any budget and suit a variety of recipients. Many special products were created to accompany major exhibitions in 2016,...
Oprah Winfrey Has a Whitfield Lovell Installation in Her West Hollywood Office

Oprah Winfrey Has a Whitfield Lovell Installation in Her West Hollywood Office

Oprah Winfrey tells Steve Harvey that Whitfield Lovell’s work inspires her. | Video by The Steve Harvey Show   PERSONAL PHOTOS OF NELSON MANDELA and countless Emmys fill the shelves of Oprah Winfrey’s office, and across from her desk is an installation by Whitfield Lovell. Yesterday, Steve Harvey dedicated an entire episode of his talk...
Market Interest: With Intimate Portrait, Njideka Akunyili Crosby Achieves Auction Record for Second Time in Two Months

Market Interest: With Intimate Portrait, Njideka Akunyili Crosby Achieves Auction Record for Second Time in Two Months

“Drown” by Njideka Akunyili Crosby sold for more than $1 million at Sotheby’s New York on Nov. 17, 2016. | via Sotheby’s   MANY ARTISTS GO OUT OF THEIR WAY to make clear that the issues raised in their work serve to start a conversation rather than reflect their own opinion and the figures they...
Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art - Sam Gilliam Acquisition, Black Portraiture[s], United States Artists Fellows

Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art – Sam Gilliam Acquisition, Black Portraiture[s], United States Artists Fellows

  RETROSPECTIVE is a review of the latest news and happenings related to visual art by and about people of African descent, with the occasional nod to cultural matters. United States Artist Fellows for 2016 were announced, including Senga Nengudi and Stanley Whitney. Curatorial appointments were made at the Tang Teaching Museum and Chrysler Museum....
Chrysler Museum of Art Hires Kimberli Gant as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Chrysler Museum of Art Hires Kimberli Gant as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART in Norfolk, Va., announced the appointment of Kimberli Gant as curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. She joins a succession of young black women who have accepted prestigious curatorial appointments at important institutions across the country this year. “With her bold vision, international perspective, scholarship, and verve, Kimberli Gant will...
Artist List for 2017 Whitney Museum Biennial Includes Henry Taylor, Lyle Ashton Harris, Pope.L, and Deanna Lawson

Artist List for 2017 Whitney Museum Biennial Includes Henry Taylor, Lyle Ashton Harris, Pope.L, and Deanna Lawson

Clockwise, from left, Deanna Lawson, Pope.L, Lyle Ashton Harris, Maya Stovall, and Cauleen Smith (center).   THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART announced 63 individual artists and collectives participating in the museum’s 2017 biennial. Largely informed by the contentious political climate and the socioeconomic issues dividing Americans, the exhibition will explore themes including “formation of...
Post Election, to Realize Our Future, We Have to 'Do More and Do Better'

Post Election, to Realize Our Future, We Have to ‘Do More and Do Better’

For Freedoms: NARI WARD, “Mass Action,” 2016 (shoelaces). | ©Nari Ward. Courtesy the Artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong   ONE WEEK AGO TODAY, AMERICA WOKE UP to a new president-elect. The largely unexpected result has struck fear, anger, disappointment, and disbelief, in a majority of the voting populace. Americans are dismayed...
Tang Teaching Museum Has Appointed Isolde Brielmaier Curator-at-Large

Tang Teaching Museum Has Appointed Isolde Brielmaier Curator-at-Large

  CURATOR, SCHOLAR, AND WRITER Isolde Brielmaier is joining the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College as curator-at-large. The Tang is expanding its curatorial team in order to advance its 21st century approach to presenting innovative contemporary art exhibitions and programming. In announcing the appointment, which begins this month, the...
Battleground States: Art is Winning in Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, Political Powerhouses Where Must-See Exhibitions are on View

Battleground States: Art is Winning in Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, Political Powerhouses Where Must-See Exhibitions are on View

  THE FINAL DAYS OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION are playing out in a handful of states, battlegrounds with key electoral votes likely to determine the outcome of a hard fought, stranger-than-fiction race for the White House. There are 538 electoral votes up for grabs and 270 are needed to win. The campaigns of Hillary...
Election Fervor: For 40 Years, 'Teenie' Harris Photographed Pittsburgh's African American Community, Including Major Political Moments

Election Fervor: For 40 Years, ‘Teenie’ Harris Photographed Pittsburgh’s African American Community, Including Major Political Moments

CHARLES “TEENIE” HARRIS, Linda Starkey handing bouquet to Shirley Chisholm, surrounded by Delta Sigma Theta sorority members, including Christine Jones Fulwiley on left, Vivian Mason Lane, and Marcia Davis, in Loendi Club, March 5, 1972 (black and white: Kodak Safety Film). | Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund   FOR GENERATIONS, AFRICAN AMERICANS in...