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Recommended: LA Times Talks to LaToya Ruby Frazier, Bomb Chats with Theaster Gates, Fast Company on Weeksville

Recommended: LA Times Talks to LaToya Ruby Frazier, Bomb Chats with Theaster Gates, Fast Company on Weeksville

RECOMMENDED FEATURES recently published content from around the web, recommendations from Culture Type worth taking the time to explore: “Theaster Gates by Tom McDonough” | Bomb Magazine Tom McDonough engages Chicago artist and urban visionary Theaster Gates in a conversation about the many activities that define his robust, less-than-a-decade old...
In New York for the Holidays? 17 Exhibitions for Your Agenda

In New York for the Holidays? 17 Exhibitions for Your Agenda

NOTHING BEATS SPENDING THE HOLIDAYS in New York City and the best way to avoid the clutch of shoppers is to sneak away and take in some art. All around Manhattan, from the New Museum, where British-born Chris Ofili’s first solo exhibition at a major U.S. museum is on view,...
Holiday Gift Guide 2014: A Curated Selection for the Art Lovers on Your List

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: A Curated Selection for the Art Lovers on Your List

GIVE THE GIFT OF ART. Many highly regarded artists are designing functional art objects that would make perfect gifts for the art lovers on your list. Culture Type has assembled more than a dozen fabulous finds that fit any budget and would thrill family, friends and even the most scrutinizing...
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Titus Kaphar Paints Ferguson Protesters for Time Magazine

Titus Kaphar Paints Ferguson Protesters for Time Magazine

LIKE SO MANY OTHER AMERICANS, artist Titus Kaphar has been struggling with how to respond to the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the choking death of Eric Garner in New York, and the countless other incidents involving police officers killing unarmed Black men and youth across the country. Ultimately, he expressed himself by...
Artforum Asks Artists, Critics and Curators to Name the Best of 2014

Artforum Asks Artists, Critics and Curators to Name the Best of 2014

WHAT MAKES AN EXHIBITION exceptional? For artist Glenn Ligon, it must be “rigorous, challenging, and beautifully installed” and it really registers if it causes him to self reflect. “A good exhibition is one that makes me reconsider my own practice,” he says in Artforum. The magazine’s December “Best of 2014″ issue takes a look back...
Recommended: New Yorker on Black Southern Art at Met, AiA Talks to Kevin Beasley, New York on D.C. Art Scene

Recommended: New Yorker on Black Southern Art at Met, AiA Talks to Kevin Beasley, New York on D.C. Art Scene

RECOMMENDED FEATURES recently published content from around the web, recommendations from Culture Type worth taking the time to explore: “The Met Embraces Neglected Southern Artists” by Paige Williams | The New Yorker The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the acquisition of dozens of works by African American self-taught artists from the South including Thornton Dial,...
Treadway Toomey Auctioning Works by 74 African American Artists in Chicago

Treadway Toomey Auctioning Works by 74 African American Artists in Chicago

WHILE THE ART WORLD GATHERS IN MIAMI, those interested in work by African American artists should be attuned to what is happening in Chicago. Tomorrow Treadway Toomey Auctions is offering paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture by 74 black artists. The group includes well-known 20th century figures Charles Alston, Richmond Barthe, Beauford Delaney, Palmer Hayden, Alma...
Recommended: Hyperallergic on Martin Puryear, NY Times Profiles Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Renee Green in Artforum

Recommended: Hyperallergic on Martin Puryear, NY Times Profiles Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Renee Green in Artforum

RECOMMENDED READING FEATURES recently published content from around the web, recommendations from Culture Type worth taking the time to explore: Some Thoughts About Richard Serra and Martin Puryear by John Yau | Hyperallergic Martin Puryear and Richard Serra were born two years apart and both attended Yale’s MFA program. Puryear draws on traditional woodworking skills,...
On 'Black Friday,' a Look Back at Kerry James Marshall's 'Dollar for Dollar' Exhibition

On ‘Black Friday,’ a Look Back at Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Dollar for Dollar’ Exhibition

AMERICA’S THIRST FOR HOLIDAY CONSUMPTION, paired with retailers desperate push to convince consumers to spend, spend, spend so that they can maximize revenues during the most profitable time of year, is no longer confined to the post-Thanksgiving shopping season. The week before the turkey celebration, pre-‘Black Friday’ sales were underway and stores opened on Thanksgiving...
Senga Nengudi's First UK Exhibition Opens at White Cube Gallery

Senga Nengudi’s First UK Exhibition Opens at White Cube Gallery

ARTISTS HAVE LONG USED EVERYDAY OBJECTS as inspiration, tools and materials, often transforming and utilizing them in entirely new and unrecognizable ways. A generation before Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto began filling nylon textiles with spices, Senga Nengudi (below left) was twisting, stretching and manipulating nylon pantyhose, testing their tension and form by stuffing them with...
Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins Smithsonian's 2014 James Dicke Prize

Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins Smithsonian’s 2014 James Dicke Prize

THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM has awarded Njideka Akunyili Crosby the 2014 James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize for her “bold yet intimate” mixed- media paintings, which it describes as “among the most visually, conceptually and technically exciting work being made today.” The museum made the announcement yesterday. The prize recognizes an artist younger than 50...
Kerry James Marshall's 'Vignette' Sells at Christie's for Record $1 Million

Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Vignette’ Sells at Christie’s for Record $1 Million

KERRY JAMES MARSHALL HAS JOINED the million dollar club. His 2003 painting “Vignette” sold for more than $1 million at Christie’s on Nov. 13. It was a record for the artist, according to sales results and auction records kept by multiple sources including Blouin Art Sales Index and Iris Index. “Vignette” was Lot 44 in...
American Masters: 7 Exhibitions Feature Important 20th Century Artists Who Broke Barriers

American Masters: 7 Exhibitions Feature Important 20th Century Artists Who Broke Barriers

JACOB LAWRENCE COMPLETED “The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture,” his first series of historic narrative paintings in 1938. It was the same year Talladega College commissioned Hale Woodruff to paint a series of murals depicting the Amistad uprising. Both projects document pivotal moments in black diasporic history and demonstrate the immense talent of important 20th century...
Culture Talk: Lauren Haynes on 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art'

Culture Talk: Lauren Haynes on ‘Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art’

A NEW EXHIBITION AT THE STUDIO MUSEUM in Harlem was inspired by the pluck of a young Chicago entrepreneur. When positive images of black people were absent from America’s most popular household magazines, John H. Johnson started his own. Fixtures on the coffee tables of countless black families across the country, Ebony and Jet served...
Recommended: AiA on Howardena Pindell, Walker Art Center on Bill T. Jones, Ocula on Isaac Julien

Recommended: AiA on Howardena Pindell, Walker Art Center on Bill T. Jones, Ocula on Isaac Julien

RECOMMENDED READING FEATURES recently published content from around the web, recommendations from Culture Type worth taking the time to explore: “The Hole Truth” by Raphael Rubinstein | Art in America Howardena Pindell has pursued a number of avenues in her work, but it is her fields of color punctuated with layered scatterings of tiny circles...