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

Recommended Reading: 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...
Kay Hassan Uses Everyday Materials to Tell Compelling Stories

Kay Hassan Uses Everyday Materials to Tell Compelling Stories

STORIES, MEMORIES AND DREAMS fill Jack Shainman Gallery. They are embedded in ambitious portraits composed of torn paper and installations of found radios, album covers and eyeglasses. The materials have a history that artist Kay Hassan mines for meaning, envisioning how everyday people live, face challenges and find joy. Images from billboard advertisements and the...
Assessing the Fall Contemporary Auctions in New York

Assessing the Fall Contemporary Auctions in New York

ALL THAT STANDS BETWEEN YOU and owning works by some of the most highly regarded artists practicing today is the wave of a paddle. Major auction houses are staging their fall contemporary sales this week. Works by El Anatsui, Chris Ofili, Mickalene Thomas and Glenn Ligon are up for consideration. Bidding is underway already with...
At Sotheby's, $3.9M White Text Painting Sets Glenn Ligon Record

At Sotheby’s, $3.9M White Text Painting Sets Glenn Ligon Record

IT WAS THE FIRST LOT OF THE NIGHT, a white-on-white text painting by Glenn Ligon. Originally executed in 1990 and repainted in 2003, “Untitled (I Was Somebody)” opened Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction and sold for more than $3.9 million, according to sales results. The price was well over twice the estimate of $1 million...
Shelf Worthy: New Books on Black British Artists, Chris Ofili, Basquiat and More

Shelf Worthy: New Books on Black British Artists, Chris Ofili, Basquiat and More

A SELECTION OF SHELF-WORTHY, COFFEE TABLE-READY books and catalogs published recently that explore black art and artists “The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 2: The Rise of Black Artists” edited by David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Belknap Press, 368 pages) Since 2010, Harvard University Press...
Art & Antiques: An Overdue Look at Archibald Motley, Modernist 'Mix Master'

Art & Antiques: An Overdue Look at Archibald Motley, Modernist ‘Mix Master’

THE MOTIVATION BEHIND MOUNTING “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” has everything to do with exposure, recasting the legacy of an important 20th century painter. Based in Chicago, Archibald Motley (1891-1981) painted captivating portraits, lively street scenes and spirited social gatherings with a modern perspective. His canvases capture African American life with wry humor and bold,...
Recommended Reading: New Yorker on Weeksville, Filmmaker Bradford Young in BOMB, WSJ on Kara Walker

Recommended Reading: New Yorker on Weeksville, Filmmaker Bradford Young in BOMB, WSJ on Kara Walker

For Carrie Mae Weems, Guggenheim Honor Caps Banner Year

For Carrie Mae Weems, Guggenheim Honor Caps Banner Year

SINCE LAST FALL, month after month has been punctuated by encounters with photographer Carrie Mae Weems. Not literally, but at every turn it seems another accomplishment or engagement, another confirmation of the importance of her practice, has come to my attention, which is wonderful. Throughout her more than 30-year career, Weems has been critically acknowledged,...
Today is Election Day, Vote with Your Art

Today is Election Day, Vote with Your Art

ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY, voters are casting ballots in the mid-term elections. Congressional seats, state offices and local initiatives, including arts funding, are up for consideration. Nationwide, President Obama’s handling of ISIS and Ebola is overshadowing fundamental economic issues, though politics remains mostly local. The most competitive states where outcomes will determine the balance of...
Chris Ofili Presents His Greatest Hits at New Museum

Chris Ofili Presents His Greatest Hits at New Museum

SPANNING THREE GALLERY FLOORS, Chris Ofili’s exhibition at the New Museum doesn’t hold back, presenting his greatest hits and new works, fabulous canvases that refute any notion that painting is dead. His culturally tuned layered and embellished canvases from the 1990s are on view, along with a quintet of red, black and green nods to...
Art Agenda: Chris Ofili Opens at New Museum, Barbara Chase-Riboud, George Clinton, Gary Simmons

Art Agenda: Chris Ofili Opens at New Museum, Barbara Chase-Riboud, George Clinton, Gary Simmons