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Chris Ofili's 'Holy Virgin Mary' Make News Again, This Time Setting Auction Record

Chris Ofili’s ‘Holy Virgin Mary’ Make News Again, This Time Setting Auction Record

AT CHRISTIE’S LONDON, expectations were high for Chris Ofili‘s “The Holy Virgin Mary” and the results didn’t disappoint. The mixed-media painting sold for more than $4.5 million (including fees) at the Post-War and Contemporary Evening Auction last night, setting a record for the British-born Ofili. In a post-sale press release...
New York Times Publishes First-Ever, Art-Themed Issue of Sunday Book Review

New York Times Publishes First-Ever, Art-Themed Issue of Sunday Book Review

FEATURING “ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, art-themed fiction, artist biography, nonfiction about the art world, original photography and original artwork,” the New York Times published its first-ever art-themed Sunday Book Review section today (June 28, 2015). The print version arrived in this morning’s paper, but the reviews began appearing online Wednesday and a...
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Willie Cole, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall and Hank Willis Thomas Featured in Season 2 of Met Museum's Artist Project

Willie Cole, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall and Hank Willis Thomas Featured in Season 2 of Met Museum’s Artist Project

FEATURED FOUR YEARS AGO in the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition “Reconfiguring an African Icon: Odes to the Mask by Modern and Contemporary Artists from Three Continents,” Willie Cole recently returned to the museum to talk about his introduction to African art. It was the late 1960s, after the Kennedy and King assassinations and the...
Henry Taylor Paintings Featured in Sotheby's London Selling Exhibition

Henry Taylor Paintings Featured in Sotheby’s London Selling Exhibition

IN AN ERA WHEN COUNTLESS ARTISTS are creating untitled abstract and conceptual work, there is a certain satisfaction in viewing paintings by artists who not only remain fixated on figures, but also relish the art of naming their canvases. Henry Taylor‘s title choices are often as blunt, cheeky and colorful as his images. “Walking with...
Black Artist News - June 19: Nick Cave, Gordon Parks, Mickalene Thomas & More

Black Artist News – June 19: Nick Cave, Gordon Parks, Mickalene Thomas & More

THE WEEK’S TOP NEWS COVERAGE from around the web featuring artists Nick Cave, Gordon Parks, Noah Purifoy, Mark Bradford, Mickalene Thomas and designer Duro Olowu. Nick Cave: Soundsuit Invasion, Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead. | Photo by PD Rearick, Courtesy of Cranbrook Art Museum via T Magaine Nick Cave T MAGAZINE talks to Chicago-based artist Nick...
Porter Magazine Reports on 'Quiet Power' of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's Paintings

Porter Magazine Reports on ‘Quiet Power’ of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Paintings

MYSTERIOUS AND CAPTIVATING are among the descriptors often used to label the subjects in Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s remarkable portraits. Fictional figures, the men and women she paints—whether sitting, standing, reclining, gazing at a floral arrangement or nursing a cup of tea—betray no sense of time or place, and their clothing and spare surroundings don’t offer any...
Jacob Lawrence's 'Struggle' Series Documents Broad Sweep of Early American History

Jacob Lawrence’s ‘Struggle’ Series Documents Broad Sweep of Early American History

ARTnews Publishes Special Report on Women in the Art World, Black Artists Respond

ARTnews Publishes Special Report on Women in the Art World, Black Artists Respond

BORN IN PORTLAND, ORE., IN 1953, photographer Carrie Mae Weems has steadily built a critically acclaimed, internationally recognized practice. Weems uses photography and video to test and explore assumptions about race, gender, class and history. She is a trailblazer, who had few examples to turn to, model her career after or use as a measure...
Commencement 2015: African American Artists Bestow Wisdom on Graduates

Commencement 2015: African American Artists Bestow Wisdom on Graduates

Swann Announces September Sale of Maya Angelou's Art Collection

Swann Announces September Sale of Maya Angelou’s Art Collection

View image | gettyimages.com AN AVID COLLECTOR OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART, Maya Angelou (1928-2014) surrounded herself with paintings, sculpture, fine prints and works on paper. The vaunted poet and author acquired works by Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Melvin Edwards and Faith Ringgold, among many others, that have largely remained unseen by the public....
Modern Painters: Engaging African American Artists in Talks About Police Brutality

Modern Painters: Engaging African American Artists in Talks About Police Brutality

OVER THE PAST YEAR, visual artists have responded to the steady clip of national news stories about unarmed black men and youth being killed by police. Titus Kaphur painted the Ferguson, Mo., protestors for Time magazine; Dred Scott wrote an essay titled “Illegitimate” for the Walker Art Center on the killing of Michael Brown; and...
Mark Bradford's 'Smear' Sells for Record $4.3 Million at Sotheby's

Mark Bradford’s ‘Smear’ Sells for Record $4.3 Million at Sotheby’s

TEN BIDDERS VIED FOR A NEW PAINTING by Mark Bradford at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction on May 12. The sale price for “Smear” was ultimately $4,394,000 (including fees), a record for the Los Angeles-based artist, according to Sotheby’s and Iris Index. A brilliant nexus of color, technique and materials executed in 2015, the mixed...
Okwui Enwezor's Vision for Venice Biennale is Right Up Front

Okwui Enwezor’s Vision for Venice Biennale is Right Up Front

Glenn Ligon and Oscar Murillo for “All the World’s Futures” curated by Okwui Enwezor #VeniceBiennale A photo posted by Artforum (@artforum) on May 5, 2015 at 3:49am PDT THE 56th VENICE BIENNALE officially opens to the public on May 9 and black artists are at the forefront. The entrance to the Central Pavilion in the...
Kara Walker Offers a Critical Assessment of Toni Morrison's New Book

Kara Walker Offers a Critical Assessment of Toni Morrison’s New Book

View image | gettyimages.com FOR TWO DECADES, KARA WALKER HAS PURSUED a unique practice focused on exploring the history of race, gender, power and exploitation in the antebellum South through large-scale cut-paper silhouettes, drawings, watercolor and video animation. The artist’s primary subject parallels that of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Beloved” (1987), as well as...