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Coming Soon: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Smithsonian's African American Museum

Coming Soon: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Smithsonian’s African American Museum

From left, architects Phil Freelon and David Adjaye discuss the design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine   WASHINGTON, D.C. — THE COUNTDOWN IS OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY. Two months from today, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)...
Collaborations Among Carrie Mae Weems, Sarah Lewis, and Adrienne Edwards  Have Produced Some of the Most Compelling Art Projects of the Year

Collaborations Among Carrie Mae Weems, Sarah Lewis, and Adrienne Edwards Have Produced Some of the Most Compelling Art Projects of the Year

From left, Adrienne Edwards, Carrie Mae Weems, and Sarah Lewis.   ANDERSON RANCH IN SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo., presented Carrie Mae Weems with its National Artist Award yesterday. The honor capped a weeklong celebration of the arts center’s 50th anniversary. Over the past few years, Weems has received more than a...
Global Trotting: From Toronto to London and Addis Ababa, 17 Exhibitions Present the Work of Black Artists This Summer

Global Trotting: From Toronto to London and Addis Ababa, 17 Exhibitions Present the Work of Black Artists This Summer

TRAVELING TO TORONTO? Stop by Art Gallery Ontario (AGO) in Toronto, Canada, where a pair of solo exhibitions featuring British artist Hurvin Anderson and Chicago artist Theaster Gates are on view this summer. Both are also exhibiting in Europe. There is a Gates exhibition in Milan, Italy, and “Hurvin Anderson:...
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History Makers: 10 African American Firsts in Modern and Contemporary Art Continue to Resonate Today

History Makers: 10 African American Firsts in Modern and Contemporary Art Continue to Resonate Today

  THE LIST OF HISTORY-MAKING firsts and groundbreaking achievements made by African American artists, and more recently curators, is endless, spanning probably as early as the 17th century to the present. The following briefly captures 10 milestones and a corresponding “where are they now” look at each of these important figures.   ALMA THOMAS with...
Retrospective: A Review of the Latest News in Black Art - Art, Police and Black Lives

Retrospective: A Review of the Latest News in Black Art – Art, Police and Black Lives

  RETROSPECTIVE is a digest of the latest news and happenings related to art by and about people of African descent. In the first half of July 2016, highlights include responses to police violence through the lens of art by artists including Dread Scott, curator Thomas J. Lax, and writer Taylor Renee Aldridge in the...
Race/Related: Times Reporting Team Gets Backstory on 'A Man Was Lynched' Redux

Race/Related: Times Reporting Team Gets Backstory on ‘A Man Was Lynched’ Redux

  LAST WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY, artist Dread Scott joined protestors in Union Square. The demonstrators were taking a stand against police killing black men after the latest incidents involving the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in Minneapolis. Scott brought a huge black flag, holding it aloft for...
Almost Famous: The Ebb and Flow of Sam Gilliam's Formidable Practice

Almost Famous: The Ebb and Flow of Sam Gilliam’s Formidable Practice

A MUST-READ PROFILE of Sam Gilliam published last week in The Washington Post, begins with a quote from the artist about him being “outlandishly famous.” The comment is meant to be facetious, but is actually not too far off base when one considers the recent trajectory of his practice weighed against periods of his career...
Sonic Spaces: Brothers Peter and David Adjaye Discuss Music for Architecture

Sonic Spaces: Brothers Peter and David Adjaye Discuss Music for Architecture

Peter and David Adjaye on the Sonic Collaboration. | Video by The Spaces   PAIRING A GLOBAL PORTFOLIO of major cultural centers and public institutions with projects that span furniture and textile design, architect David Adjaye‘s latest pursuit is a musical collaboration with his brother. A DJ, musician and sound designer with degrees in mathematics...
For Your Summer Agenda, 49 U.S. Exhibitions Featuring Works by Black Artists

For Your Summer Agenda, 49 U.S. Exhibitions Featuring Works by Black Artists

This summer, artists including (clockwise from left) Nari Ward, Simone Leigh, Fred Wilson, Chakaia Booker, and John Akomfrah, are presenting solo exhibitions.   THIS SUMMER 2016, incredible exhibitions featuring artists of African descent are on view across the United States. From Los Angeles, to Chicago, Atlanta, and New York, museums and galleries and public spaces...
For The New Yorker, Kadir Nelson Captures Summer at the Beach

For The New Yorker, Kadir Nelson Captures Summer at the Beach

Video by CBS This Morning   OVER THE WEEKEND, Kadir Nelson appeared on CBS This Morning. The Sunday television program profiled the illustrator whose work is familiar to many, while he remains relatively unknown. The latest edition of The New Yorker features Nelson’s take on “A Day at the Beach,” a powerful, very American image...
Culture Talk: Curator Adrienne Edwards on Her New Exhibition 'Blackness in Abstraction'

Culture Talk: Curator Adrienne Edwards on Her New Exhibition ‘Blackness in Abstraction’

PACE GALLERY IS PRESENTING a few of Adrienne Edwards’s “favorite things.” It’s how the curator describes works by black contemporary artists about whom she writes and has a social and intellectual connection, and modern standouts with whom she has been “obsessed” over the course of her academic and professional career. A veteran curator at Performa...
Retrospective: For the Long Weekend, a Review of the Latest News in Black Art

Retrospective: For the Long Weekend, a Review of the Latest News in Black Art

  RETROSPECTIVE is a digest of the latest news and happenings related to art by and about people of African descent. In the latter half of June 2016, the highlights include auction news and acquisitions, and numerous appointments and awards. Johnson Publishing sold its flagship magazines. The Smithsonian’s forthcoming African American museum reached its fundraising...
Martin Puryear Appreciates the Dichotomy of 'Big Bling,' His Largest Sculpture to Date

Martin Puryear Appreciates the Dichotomy of ‘Big Bling,’ His Largest Sculpture to Date

Martin Puryear: “Big Bling” | Video by Art21   RISING AMONG THE TREES in Madison Square Park, “Big Bling” is a monument to Martin Puryear‘s practice. Standing 40-feet high, it is the largest temporary outdoor sculpture the artist has created. Part animal, part abstract form, from afar the voluminous sculpture looks heavy, but upon closer...
At Art Basel, Significant Sales of Works by African American Artists, including Njideka Akunyili Crosby

At Art Basel, Significant Sales of Works by African American Artists, including Njideka Akunyili Crosby

MUSEUMS HAVE TAKEN AN INTEREST in Njideka Akunyili Crosby. At Art Basel, Victoria Miro Gallery of London sold “Super Blue Omo” (above), a new, large-scale figurative work by the Los Angeles-based painter to a museum. According to BLOUIN ARTINFO, the painting went to “an unidentified American museum for an otherwise indeterminate five-figure price.” UPDATE: On...
All in the Family: Artist Larry Walker Debuts at His Daughter's Gallery

All in the Family: Artist Larry Walker Debuts at His Daughter’s Gallery

NEW YORK — THERE’S A FRAMED BOX on the wall outside Sikkema Jenkins that announces the gallery’s exhibitions. Currently, it says “Larry Walker.” The Georgia-born artist is in the sunset of his career and the solo show presents a selection of his works on paper and mixed media works on wood created over a half...