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Art Agenda | Sept. 1 - Sept. 7, 2014

Art Agenda | Sept. 1 – Sept. 7, 2014

ART AGENDA IS A LISTING OF MUST-SEE EXHIBITION OPENINGS and interesting talks and appearances happening this week in black art. Today’s edition features a pair of much-antipated exhibitions of new works by Nick Cave at Jack Shainman Gallery, art and civil rights at Dartmouth, a Hank Willis Thomas public art...
Smithsonian Announces Nominees for James Dicke Prize

Smithsonian Announces Nominees for James Dicke Prize

DAVE MCKENZIE, MICKALENE THOMAS, JULIE MEHRETU and Theaster Gates are in good company. The artists are among 13 nominated for the biennial James Dicke Contemporary Art Prize. The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced the nominees on Aug. 14. Established by the museum in 2001 to recognize a visionary artist younger...
Romare Bearden's 'Black Odyssey' Headed to Columbia University

Romare Bearden’s ‘Black Odyssey’ Headed to Columbia University

CELEBRATED FOR HIS RICH, LAYERED DEPICTIONS of African American life and culture, Romare Bearden’s decision to produce 20 collages based on episodes of Homer’s “The Odyssey” was widely viewed as a departure from his practice. Citing themes familiar to the African American experience—mourning, wandering and questing for home—scholar Robert O’Meally...
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The Week in Black Art | Aug. 23 - 29, 2014

The Week in Black Art | Aug. 23 – 29, 2014

A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring Afropunk portraits, Kara Walker, Rashaad Newsome and more Vogue Publishes Afropunk Hair Portraits by Awol Erizku Vogue.com dispatched Awol Erizku to the 10th annual Afropunk Festival in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn to document the fabulous, natural and architectural hairstyles on parade....
Studio Museum in Harlem Makes Two Major Announcements

Studio Museum in Harlem Makes Two Major Announcements

EARLIER THIS WEEK, the Studio Museum in Harlem made two major announcements. The storied institution that describes itself as a nexus for artists of African descent has tapped Amanda Hunt (at right) to join its curatorial team. The Philadelphia native will serve as assistant curator, filling a coveted post left vacant when Thomas J. Lax...
Kara Walker Pitcher Elicits a Difference of Opinion

Kara Walker Pitcher Elicits a Difference of Opinion

JUXTAPOSITION CAN BE INCREDIBLY ILLUMINATING. Earlier this year, Kara Walker collaborated with Bernardaud and LizWorks to create a limited-edition porcelain pitcher and this week the New York Times asked J. Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons and singer-songwriter Courtney Love what they thought about it. In a new feature called “Take Two: A Dual Review of...
The Week in Black Art | Aug. 9-15, 2014

The Week in Black Art | Aug. 9-15, 2014

A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring David Hammons, Kara Walker and more New Aspen Art Museum Opens with David Hammons and Yves Klein Exhibition One of the most anticipated architectural projects of the year debuted this week. The Aspen Art Museum celebrated its new $45 million building designed...
The Week in Black Art | July 26 to Aug. 1, 2014

The Week in Black Art | July 26 to Aug. 1, 2014

A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring Franklin Sirmans, Kehinde Wiley, Jacob Lawrence and more Kehinde Wiley Publishes New Catalog of Jamaican Portraits Jamaica is the latest destination on Kehinde Wiley‘s world tour. A master of portraiture, Wiley has traveled to Nigeria, Senegal, Brazil, Israel, Sri Lanka and beyond,...
Artist Nick Cave Remembers Gallerist Claude Simard

Artist Nick Cave Remembers Gallerist Claude Simard

IN A RECENT ARTNEWS CONVERSATION titled, ‘An Angel That Sits Upon Our Shoulders,’ Nick Cave pays tribute to gallery owner and artist Claude Simard (1956-2014) who died June 24. Simard was a partner in Jack Shainman Gallery, which represents Cave and a number of other prominent black artists including El Anatsui, Barkley Hendricks, Kerry James...
A Tale of Two Flags: Sonya Clark at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

A Tale of Two Flags: Sonya Clark at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Collector Rodney Miller Enlists Curators to Hang His Art

Collector Rodney Miller Enlists Curators to Hang His Art

THE SUMMER 2014 ISSUE OF ARTNEWS features its annual list of top art collectors in the world. The issue also profiles collector Rodney M. Miller, whose Upper East Side townhouse is filled with modern and contemporary African American and African diasporic art. A member of the acquisitions committee at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where...
Art Agenda | July 14 - 20, 2014

Art Agenda | July 14 – 20, 2014

ART AGENDA IS A LISTING OF MUST-SEE EXHIBITION OPENINGS and interesting talks and appearances happening this week in black art. Today’s edition features a new slate of exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem and more: July 17- Oct. 26, 2014 Artists in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem | New York The future...
Julie Mehretu on Africa's Emerging Presence in Contemporary Art

Julie Mehretu on Africa’s Emerging Presence in Contemporary Art

PORTER MAGAZINE, A NEW PRINT PUBLICATION produced by Net-a-Porter, the online luxury retailer, mostly covers fashion, but also devotes a fair amount of editorial to art and culture. Its summer edition features a brief interview with Julie Mehretu (above, right-hand page) about Africa’s emerging presence in the contemporary art world. The Ethiopian-born, Michigan-reared, New York-based...
Mark Bradford Ranks Among Most Expensive West Coast Artists

Mark Bradford Ranks Among Most Expensive West Coast Artists

LOS ANGELES-BASED ARTIST Mark Bradford is among the 10 most expensive living West Coast artists, according to artnet NEWS. Last year, his 2008 mixed-media collage “Mithra,” sold for more than $2.6 million at auction, a record for the artist. The impressive price earned him a No. 7 ranking among artists including Ed Ruscha, Mark Grotjahn,...
Keeping Up with Contemporary Art Star Oscar Murillo

Keeping Up with Contemporary Art Star Oscar Murillo

IN AN INFORMATIVE AND INSIGHTFUL new profile of Oscar Murillo, New York magazine likens the 28-year-old artist’s meteoric rise to the current state of the contemporary art world. A few years ago, the black Colombian-born artist was doing janitorial work in the UK where he earned a master’s degree at the Royal College of Art....