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For Netherlands-based Sam Middleton, Posthumous New York Exhibition is a Homecoming of Sorts

For Netherlands-based Sam Middleton, Posthumous New York Exhibition is a Homecoming of Sorts

SAM MIDDLETON, “Jazz is Free As a Bird,” 1972 (mixed media oil and collage on board).   LAST FALL, LEAFING THROUGH the catalog for the Oct. 6, 2016, African-American Fine Art sale at Swann Auction Galleries, an abstract painting by Sam Middleton (1927-2015) stood out. The image has a syncopated...
Curator Naima Keith Named 2017 Recipient of David C. Driskell Prize

Curator Naima Keith Named 2017 Recipient of David C. Driskell Prize

Embed from Getty Images   INNOVATIVE AND RELEVANT PROGRAMMING has become a signature of the California African American Museum (CAAM) over the past year. Recent presentations have included “Hank Willis Thomas: Black Righteous Space”; “Genevieve Gaignard: Smell the Roses,” the first museum exhibition of the emerging artist; and a group...
How Much is That Painting? Top 25 Auction Lots by African American Artists, 2014-2016

How Much is That Painting? Top 25 Auction Lots by African American Artists, 2014-2016

  EARLY NEXT MONTH, major auction houses in New York and London are holding post-war and contemporary art sales. In anticipation of the first significant offerings of the year, Culture Type is assessing the state of art by black artists. In recent years, a cluster of contemporary artists including David...
Collection Highlights: Museum of Modern Art's 2015-16 Acquisitions Include More than 50 Works by African American Artists

Collection Highlights: Museum of Modern Art’s 2015-16 Acquisitions Include More than 50 Works by African American Artists

KARA WALKER, “40 Acres of Mules,” 2015   THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART’S collection boasts dozens of new additions by African American artists. Over the past two years the museum has acquired paintings by Mark Bradford, Kerry James Marshall, Chris Ofili, and Faith Ringgold; drawings by Palmer Hayden, Adrian Piper,...
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Artist Isaac Julien Joins London's Art Fund Board, Charity Supports UK Museums

Artist Isaac Julien Joins London’s Art Fund Board, Charity Supports UK Museums

Embed from Getty Images   LONDON’S ART FUND announced the appointment of artist Isaac Julien to its board of trustees for a five year term. Art Fund is a national fundraising charity that encourages exposure and access to art in public collections throughout the UK by supporting museum and gallery acquisitions, exhibitions, special curatorial projects,...
February Exhibitions: Edgar Arceneaux, Lorna Simpson, Dread Scott, and Nina Chanel Abney's First Solo Museum Show

February Exhibitions: Edgar Arceneaux, Lorna Simpson, Dread Scott, and Nina Chanel Abney’s First Solo Museum Show

  A NUMBER OF EXHIBITION FIRSTS coincide with Black History Month this year. “Royal Flush,” Nina Chanel Abney’s first solo museum show opens Feb. 16 at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. In February, South African artist Nicholas Hlobo is presenting his first exhibition in Sweden. Major works by British artists Yinka Shonibare...
Hammer Museum Selects Erin Christovale to Co-Curate Made in L.A. 2018

Hammer Museum Selects Erin Christovale to Co-Curate Made in L.A. 2018

Los Angeles-based independent curator Erin Christovale specializes in film programming. | Photo by Jamie Costa, Courtesy Hammer Museum   EVERY OTHER YEAR, Los Angeles comes alive with coordinated exhibition programming showcasing the city’s most promising artists and innovative practices. Made in L.A. is the citywide biennial presented by the Hammer Museum. The fourth edition will...
VMFA Acquires Paintings by Important 20th Century African American Artists Eldzier Cortor and Palmer Hayden

VMFA Acquires Paintings by Important 20th Century African American Artists Eldzier Cortor and Palmer Hayden

PALMER HAYDEN, “Untitled (Dreamer),” circa 1930   IN DECEMBER, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) acquired “Three Folk Musicians” (1967), a major work by Romare Bearden. When the purchase was announced, VMFA Director Alex Nyerges said the collage painting “bolsters our effort to represent a diverse range of cultures in our galleries and allows...
Pamela Joyner, Influential Collector of African American Art, Joins Board of J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles

Pamela Joyner, Influential Collector of African American Art, Joins Board of J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles

Embed from Getty Images   THE J. PAUL GETTY TRUST announced today the addition of influential art collector Pamela J. Joyner to its board of trustees. A financial industry veteran, Joyner is the founder of Avid Partners, LLC. Currently, she has turned her focus to philanthropy and an increasingly pivotal role in the arts. Joyner’s...
Ebony Cover by Illustrator Kadir Nelson Projects 'American Ideals, African American Patriotism, and Love of Family'

Ebony Cover by Illustrator Kadir Nelson Projects ‘American Ideals, African American Patriotism, and Love of Family’

  STANDING PROUD AND UNITED, a multi-generational African American family is featured on the February 2017 cover of Ebony magazine. They stand before a brick home on an expanse of land with a city skyline visible in the background. The image illustrates a special package featuring 10 thought leaders weighing in on how black communities...
Public Arts Organization Creative Time Appoints London-based Elvira Dyangani Ose Senior Curator

Public Arts Organization Creative Time Appoints London-based Elvira Dyangani Ose Senior Curator

London-based Elvira Dyangani Ose is joining Creative Time. | Photo by Hendrik Zeitler , Courtesy Creative Time   CREATIVE TIME, THE PUBLIC ARTS ORGANIZATION that commissioned Kara Walker’s monumental, sugar-coated sphinx/mammy sculpture in Brooklyn and Nick Cave’s choreographed parade of colorful “horses” through Grand Central Station, announced two appointments today—a new hire and a promotion....
Vilcek Prize Winner Nari Ward to Recreate 'We the People' Installation at New-York Historical Society on President's Day

Vilcek Prize Winner Nari Ward to Recreate ‘We the People’ Installation at New-York Historical Society on President’s Day

“We the People” at Barnes Foundation, 2016   SIX YEARS AGO, artist Nari Ward created a textile installation composed of nearly 1,000 shoe laces spelling out “We the People.” The work of art is particularly relevant today. The divisive political climate in the United States has awakened Americans anew to the values of democracy, importance...
Nasher Launches Website Previewing Nina Chanel Abney's First-Ever Solo Museum Exhibition

Nasher Launches Website Previewing Nina Chanel Abney’s First-Ever Solo Museum Exhibition

  EMERGING FROM HER SUCCESSFUL THESIS SHOW with the sole painting she presented selling to prominent Miami collectors, Nina Chanel Abney (b. 1982) has never looked back since earning her MFA from Parsons in New York. The aforementioned painting, “Class of 2007,” helped her secure gallery representation and appeared in “30 Americans,” the traveling group...
Virginia Museum Acquires 'Three Folk Musicians' by Romare Bearden, an 'Iconic' Collage Long Held in a Private Collection

Virginia Museum Acquires ‘Three Folk Musicians’ by Romare Bearden, an ‘Iconic’ Collage Long Held in a Private Collection

  FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS, “Three Folk Musicians” by Romare Bearden (1911-1988) has appeared in major exhibitions of the artist’s work hosted by the nation’s top-tier museums. One of his most renowned and recognizable individual works, the 1967 collage painting was presented in the Museum of Modern Art’s 1971 exhibition “Romare Bearden: The Prevalence of...
2017 Venice Biennale List Includes African American Artists Sam Gilliam, Senga Nengudi, and McArthur Binion

2017 Venice Biennale List Includes African American Artists Sam Gilliam, Senga Nengudi, and McArthur Binion

Chicago-based McArthur Binion is among the artists invited to participate in the 57th Venice Biennial.   HOW TIME FLIES. It certainly doesn’t seem like two years has elapsed since Nigerian-born Okwui Enwezor’s historic turn as artistic director of the Venice Biennale and “All the World’s Futures” featured more than 35 black artists, including Glenn Ligon...
Monumental Sculptures by Simone Leigh, Charles Gaines May Perch Above High Line

Monumental Sculptures by Simone Leigh, Charles Gaines May Perch Above High Line

  SYMBOLIZING THE BLACK BODY, Simone Leigh‘s black ceramic busts embellished with textured glaze or countless tiny roses are a sight to see. Imagine a monumental version of one of her sculptures installed on the High Line, rising so high it is visible from the street below. It’s a possibility that might materialize next year....