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Thelma Golden on the Studio Museum's 'Clear Mission'

Thelma Golden on the Studio Museum’s ‘Clear Mission’

SIMILAR TO AN INNOVATIVE IDEA or a smart strategy, a sound mission will stand the test of time. When the Studio Museum in Harlem was established 1968, its purpose was to serve as a nexus for black artists, to provide a platform for exposure and serve as a resource in...
On PBS, An Engaging Portrait of Kehinde Wiley

On PBS, An Engaging Portrait of Kehinde Wiley

FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, Kehinde Wiley has been painting regal portraits of men of color. First he focused on young African American men in Harlem and eventually he expanded his oeuvre, launching his World Stage series featuring “urban” men in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. His...
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Weekend Listening: Hilton Als Talks with Toni Morrison, Thelma Golden and Khandi Alexander

Weekend Listening: Hilton Als Talks with Toni Morrison, Thelma Golden and Khandi Alexander

TODAY HILTON ALS GUEST HOSTED STUDIO 360, the public radio program about the arts and the people who are shaping our culture. Filling in for regular host Kurt Andersen, the New Yorker critic took full advantage of the opportunity, delivering engaging conversations with three groundbreaking women in the arts. Als spent the hour talking with...
The Week in Black Art | Sept. 13 - 19, 2014

The Week in Black Art | Sept. 13 – 19, 2014

A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring new MacArthur fellow Rick Lowe, curator Okwui Enwezor, black comics, the Cosby art collection, the art world’s gender gap, the unveiling of Frederick Douglass portrait at governor’s mansion in Maryland, Shinique Smith, Doyin Odutola, and more Artful Genius: Rick Lowe Among 21...
Picturing the Black Diaspora

Picturing the Black Diaspora

FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ERNEST COLE documenting blacks during apartheid-era South Africa and the work of Royal Court Photographer Chief S.O. Alonge in Benin, Nigeria, to Dean Chalkley’s images of Jamaican ‘Rude Boys’ in Britain, several recent and current exhibitions are presenting photography that documents the rich history, style and culture found throughout the diaspora:...
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 is estimated to sell for...
Art Agenda | Sept. 15-21, 2014

Art Agenda | Sept. 15-21, 2014

Artforum: Thomas J. Lax Previews Chris Ofili's Fall Exhibition

Artforum: Thomas J. Lax Previews Chris Ofili’s Fall Exhibition

ONE OF FALL’S MOST ANTICIPATED MUSEUM SHOWS is “Night and Day,” Chris Ofili’s forthcoming exhibition at the New Museum on Oct. 29. His first solo show in the United States will be presented on all three gallery floors and survey his entire career. Exploring race and gender issues through cultural and historical references, Ofili’s vast...
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:...
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 control their own images, their...
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...