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Jason Moran: The Art World's Favorite Jazz Musician

Jason Moran: The Art World’s Favorite Jazz Musician

EARLIER THIS YEAR, LUHRING AUGUSTINE announced the addition of Jason Moran to its roster. Why would a jazz pianist join a tony New York art gallery? Moran, who serves as artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and teaches at the New England...
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Art Agenda: Prospect New Orleans, ART21 Premieres on PBS, David Adjaye at Harvard

Art Agenda: Prospect New Orleans, ART21 Premieres on PBS, David Adjaye at Harvard

ART AGENDA LISTS UPCOMING EVENTS, EXHIBITION OPENINGS AND TALKS HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN BLACK ART Ongoing | Brooklyn, N.Y.: “Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond,” a major survey of more than 100 works by 35 Brooklyn-based artists and collectives, includes Linda Goode Bryant and Project EATS, Aisha Cousins, Heather Hart, Steffani Jemison, Shantell...
Links: Kerry James Marshall and David Hammons in London, USA Fellows and More

Links: Kerry James Marshall and David Hammons in London, USA Fellows and More

LINKS TO THE PAST WEEK’S TOP NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE WORLD OF BLACK ART The Independent talks with Kerry James Marshall about his childhood introduction to art and the motivation behind the images in his paintings, which are on view at David Zwirner in London. Read Article ARTnews publishes an effusive review of the...
Shantell Martin is Drawing on Kelly Wearstler Products

Shantell Martin is Drawing on Kelly Wearstler Products

SQUIGGLY LINES PUNCTUATED WITH bright eyes adorn the window of interior designer Kelly Wearstler’s flagship boutique on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Executed with a thick, black marker, the drawing style looks familiar, Keith Haring-esque perhaps, but it is all Shantell Martin, bursting with whimsy, wonder and hipster cool. The British-born artist is collaborating with...
Weekend Viewing: Kara Walker in Conversation with Filmmaker Ava DuVernay

Weekend Viewing: Kara Walker in Conversation with Filmmaker Ava DuVernay

HOUSING THE EXPANSIVE Eli and Edythe Broad collection of post-war and contemporary art, the Broad Museum will open its doors in downtown Los Angeles next year. In the lead up to its debut, the museum is hosting “The Un-Private Collection,” a series of cross-disciplinary dialogues, engaging conversations between artists and art leaders about their disciplines...
London Calling: Forget Frieze, Kerry James Marshall is Exhibiting at David Zwirner

London Calling: Forget Frieze, Kerry James Marshall is Exhibiting at David Zwirner

HEADED TO LONDON? Frieze, Frieze Masters and the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair likely top your list of things to do, but make certain exploring the gallery scene is a priority too. A group of highly regarded black artists is currently showing in London galleries and art spaces. Six must-see solo exhibitions featuring British artist...
Art Agenda: 1:54 African Art Fair, El Anatsui, Carrie Mae Weems, Archibald Motley, LaToya Ruby Frazier and more

Art Agenda: 1:54 African Art Fair, El Anatsui, Carrie Mae Weems, Archibald Motley, LaToya Ruby Frazier and more

ART AGENDA LISTS UPCOMING EVENTS, EXHIBITION OPENINGS AND TALKS HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN BLACK ART New: “Color: Real and Imagined” features a selection of Carrie Mae Weems‘s work over the past 30 years are on view at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London from Oct. 10 to Nov. 15, 2014. Sunday, Oct. 12: Honoring the 90th...
Links: Sonya Clark Wins ArtPrize, Black Radical Brooklyn, Stan Douglas and More

Links: Sonya Clark Wins ArtPrize, Black Radical Brooklyn, Stan Douglas and More

LINKS TO THE PAST WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Winners of the sixth annual ArtPrize were announced last night with “Intersections” by Anila Quayyum Agha and “The Haircraft Project” (above) by Richmond, Va.-based Sonya Clark taking the top prizes. In Grand Rapids, Mich., Leonardo Drew served on the ArtPrize jury and Dave...
Weekend Reading: Catching Up on Contemporary African Art in Anticipation of 1:54 Fair

Weekend Reading: Catching Up on Contemporary African Art in Anticipation of 1:54 Fair

NEXT WEEK, THE SECOND EDITION of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair opens at Somerset House in London (Oct. 16-19, 2014). Emphasizing that Africa is not a monolith, but rather a diverse continent composed of 54 countries, the fair coincides with Frieze London and features a robust schedule of talks, film screenings and a panel discussion....
Ebay Live Auctions Debut with Swann African American Art

Ebay Live Auctions Debut with Swann African American Art

BROWSING EBAY, LOTS FEATURING Hale Woodruff, Alma Thomas, Jacob Lawrence and Kara Walker appear. Better known for selling collectibles, resale designer clothing and used books and magazines, eBay is launching a live bidding product with several New York auction galleries today. An offering of African American Fine Art at Swann Galleries is the debut sale....
Culture Talk: Amalia Amaki on Collector Richard A. Long

Culture Talk: Amalia Amaki on Collector Richard A. Long

BEFORE SETTLING IN ATLANTA in 1968, Richard A. Long (1927-2013) visited Alain Locke’s home and viewed his art collection, sat for portraits in Paris with Beauford Delaney and directed the College Museum at Hampton Institute. In Atlanta, where he essentially became dean of the black arts community, Long founded the African American Studies program at...
Culture Talk: Bruce Talamon on Photographing David Hammons

Culture Talk: Bruce Talamon on Photographing David Hammons

FOUR DECADES AGO, WHILE DAVID HAMMONS was working in his Los Angeles studio making body prints and assemblages, and developing ideas for installations and performances, Bruce W. Talamon was nearby photographing every moment. He says the two met in 1974. Hammons had already gained some recognition. In 1971, 12 of his body prints appeared in...
Weekend Reading: The Intersecting Worlds of Chris Ofili and David Adjaye

Weekend Reading: The Intersecting Worlds of Chris Ofili and David Adjaye

Chris Ofili portrait by Malick Sidibe in Oct. 6, 2014 issue of The New Yorker IN ADVANCE OF CHRIS OFILI’S first solo museum show in the United States, New Yorker writer Calvin Tompkins traveled to Trinidad where the artist lives and works. “Into the Unknown,” his comprehensive and revealing profile opens in a “dilapidated white...