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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...
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...
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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....
'Afro Margins' by Chris Ofili Featured on New 'Art in America' Cover

‘Afro Margins’ by Chris Ofili Featured on New ‘Art in America’ Cover

THE LATEST ISSUE OF ART IN AMERICA is covered with a series of vertically stacked afros. The image is a detail of “Afro Margins,” a 2007 pencil drawing by Trinidad-based artist Chris Ofili. The work is part of a series Ofili began in 2004 in London and continued when he moved to Trinidad in 2005...
A Conversation with Collector Darryl Atwell at the National Gallery of Art

A Conversation with Collector Darryl Atwell at the National Gallery of Art

The Week in Black Art | May 31-June 6, 2014

The Week in Black Art | May 31-June 6, 2014

A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring Dak’Art, Black abstract painters, African American art auctions, Yam Collective and more DAK’ART is winding down after a month of exhibitions and events. Artforum has a dispatch from the oldest biennial in Africa. The U.S. contingent included artists Simone Leigh (shown above,...
Swann Auction Reflects 'Things to Come' and Current Art World Programming

Swann Auction Reflects ‘Things to Come’ and Current Art World Programming

NEXT WEEK, SWANN AUCTION GALLERIES is selling African American art from the 1960s and 1970s. Paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and mixed-media works are up for bid, with estimates for most of the 157 lots averaging $1,000-$7,000 and select offerings ranging up to five and six figures. Paintings by Barkley L. Hendricks and William T. Williams...
Art Agenda | June 1-7, 2014

Art Agenda | June 1-7, 2014

MUST-SEE EXHIBITION openings and interesting talks and appearances happening this week in black art: Sunday, June 1, 2014 @ 1 p.m. Franklin Sirmans Discusses Futbol Exhibit at LACMA | Los Angeles Franklin Sirmans, curator of “Futbol: The Beautiful Game” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (at left), is participating in a panel discussion...
The Week in Black Art | May 24-30, 2014

The Week in Black Art | May 24-30, 2014

A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring Johnetta B. Cole, Andres Serrano, Chris Ofili, Kara Walker, Jacolby Satterwhite, Pharrell and more ANDRES SERRANO is bringing the city’s homeless population to the attention of New Yorkers with a new photography project (video above). Using a large-format camera, Serrano captured more...
Art Agenda | May 25-31, 2014

Art Agenda | May 25-31, 2014

MUST-SEE EXHIBITION openings and interesting talks and appearances happening this week in black art: Through June 21, 2014 Brenna Youngblood at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis A selection of muted abstracts by Los Angeles-based artist Brenna Youngblood are on view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. “Loss Prevention” features new and earlier mixed-media works...
The Week in Black Art | May 17-May 23, 2014

The Week in Black Art | May 17-May 23, 2014

A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring Rufus Reid, Elizabeth Catlett, Jack Shainman Gallery, Nick Cave, Terry Adkins, and more Elizabeth Catlett Inspires Jazz Composer Rufus Reid The late sculptor Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) has inspired a new jazz album. Drawn to the strength and emotion of Catlett’s sculptures, bassist...
Kara Walker Discusses Her Sugar-Coated Sphinx at NY Public Library

Kara Walker Discusses Her Sugar-Coated Sphinx at NY Public Library

ON TUESDAY, ARTIST KARA WALKER spoke for 90 minutes about “A Subtlety,” the enormous sculpture she has installed in the old Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn. Commissioned by the public arts organization Creative Time to produce a work for the abandoned space, she was given complete creative freedom. In a conversation with Jad Abumrad, host...