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At Swann Auction, Records Set for 6 Black Artists Including Frank Bowling, Palmer Hayden, and Felrath Hines

At Swann Auction, Records Set for 6 Black Artists Including Frank Bowling, Palmer Hayden, and Felrath Hines

SIX BLACK ARTISTS made news recently when their work set sales records at Swann Auction Galleries. Paintings by Frank Bowling, Allan Freelon, Palmer Hayden, Felrath Hines, Wadsworth Jerrell, and Robert Neal, sold for record prices at Swann’s April 7 sale of African American fine art. The artists, both modern and...
New Season of ART21 Features African American Artists Edgar Arceneaux, Nick Cave, Stan Douglas, and Theaster Gates

New Season of ART21 Features African American Artists Edgar Arceneaux, Nick Cave, Stan Douglas, and Theaster Gates

Artists Edgar Arceneaux, Nick Cave, Stan Douglas, and Theaster Gates are featured in Season 8 of ART21.   THE NEW SEASON OF “ART21: Art in the 21st Century” debuts Sept. 16, 2016. For the first time, the PBS series is focusing on the connection to place and the ways an...
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Artists Hank Willis Thomas, Nick Cave, and Rick Lowe are Among the African American Creatives Addressing 2016 Commencments

Artists Hank Willis Thomas, Nick Cave, and Rick Lowe are Among the African American Creatives Addressing 2016 Commencments

FROM LOS ANGELES TO BOSTON, it’s graduation season. Joining two of this year’s most popular commencement speakers—President Obama (Howard University, Rutgers University, Air Force Academy) and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda (University of Pennsylvania)—Nick Cave, Melvin Edwards, Rick Lowe, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and several other African American artists, are participating in graduation ceremonies....
Carrie Mae Weems Implores School of Visual Arts Graduates to Consider 'How Do You Measure a Life?'

Carrie Mae Weems Implores School of Visual Arts Graduates to Consider ‘How Do You Measure a Life?’

  ON WEDNESDAY MORNING, Carrie Mae Weems took the stage at Radio City Music Hall delivering more of a performance than a speech. Her address at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) 41st commencement for undergraduate and graduate students was engaging, relevant, thought-provoking and memorable. She asked the audience, “How do you measure life?” And...
Artist Simone Leigh Has Joined Luhring Augustine Gallery

Artist Simone Leigh Has Joined Luhring Augustine Gallery

NEWS THAT LUHRING AUGUSTINE GALLERY is now representing Simone Leigh follows a succession of recent exhibitions, honors and engagements recognizing the currency and innovation of the multidisciplinary artist’s practice. Brooklyn-based Leigh, whose work spans sculpture, video, installation and performance, is a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 2016 Fellow of A Blade of Grass for...
The Smithsonian is Mounting a Bill Traylor Retrospective, the First Major Exhibition Devoted to an Artist Born a Slave

The Smithsonian is Mounting a Bill Traylor Retrospective, the First Major Exhibition Devoted to an Artist Born a Slave

  THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM (SAAM) says it is mounting the first-ever major exhibition devoted to the work of an artist born a slave. “Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor,” the retrospective of self-taught African American artist Bill Traylor will open March 16, 2018. The Washington, D.C., museum made the announcement in conjunction...
At Christie's Auction, Henry Taylor Painting of Historic Track Star Sets Record for Artist

At Christie’s Auction, Henry Taylor Painting of Historic Track Star Sets Record for Artist

  CAPTURING HISTORIC track star Alice Coachman in midair, Henry Taylor‘s painting of the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal sold for $149,000 (including fees) yesterday at Christie’s in New York. The price was twice the high estimate and a record at auction for a work by the Los Angeles-based artist, according...
'Plunge' by Kerry James Marshall Sells for $2.1 Million at Christie's, a New Artist Record

‘Plunge’ by Kerry James Marshall Sells for $2.1 Million at Christie’s, a New Artist Record

THE RECORD PRICE for paintings by Kerry James Marshall doubled last night at Christie’s New York. “Plunge” (1992), a large-sale painting by the Chicago artist sold for more than $2.1 million (including fees), a new auction record for the artist, according to Christie’s and Iris Index. The sale estimate for “Plunge” was $1 million to...
'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 boys playing. Rife with symbols...
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 the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, on April 23. In September, the exhibition will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York...
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...