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Following a Series of Feminist Art Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum Announces 96 Acquisitions, Including works by Betye Saar, Beverly Buchanan, and Emma Amos

Following a Series of Feminist Art Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum Announces 96 Acquisitions, Including works by Betye Saar, Beverly Buchanan, and Emma Amos

The acquisitions included “Untitled (Frustula Series),” a circa 1978 cast concrete sculpture by Beverly Buchanan.   THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM recently organized more than a year of exhibitions and programming dedicated to feminist art. “A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum” marked the 10th anniversary of the museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for...
Cleveland Museum of Art Has Acquired a Significant Painting by Emma Amos

Cleveland Museum of Art Has Acquired a Significant Painting by Emma Amos

  TWO EARLY PAINTINGS by Emma Amos are featured in “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85” (April 21–Sept. 17, 2017), the groundbreaking group exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum. “Sandy and Her Husband” and “Flower Sniffer,” a 1966 self-portrait by Amos, are displayed side-by-side in the show. After the Brooklyn Museum recently announced...
Mona Lisa, Baby: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Take Over the Louvre in New Video

Mona Lisa, Baby: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Take Over the Louvre in New Video

  FOR THEIR LATEST VIDEO, Beyoncé and Jay-Z took over the Louvre, stunting and styling through the galleries without a tourist in sight. The Paris museum played host to the Carters who dropped a surprise album on Saturday. The nine-track collaborative project is titled “Everything is Love” and both artists appear on every track including...
Basel and Beyond: Overdue Recognition of African American Artists at Home is Generating Unprecedented Curatorial and Collector Interest Throughout Europe

Basel and Beyond: Overdue Recognition of African American Artists at Home is Generating Unprecedented Curatorial and Collector Interest Throughout Europe

“The Music of Color: Sam Gilliam, 1967-1973” recently opened in Basel, Switzerland.   THE GALLERIES OF KUNSTMUSEUM BASEL are alive with color in the form of 45 abstract paintings by Sam Gilliam. “The Music of Color: Sam Gilliam, 1967-1973” is the Washington, D.C.-based artist’s first retrospective exhibition in a European museum. The show is devoted...
On View | 'Meleko Mokgosi: Bread, Butter, and Power' at Fowler Museum at UCLA

On View | ‘Meleko Mokgosi: Bread, Butter, and Power’ at Fowler Museum at UCLA

  IN RELATABLE IMAGES, Meleko Mokgosi explores weighty themes. He makes history paintings about the politics, culture, and history of Southern Africa. Post-colonial scenes of the quotidian are visions of democracy. For five years, Mokgosi has been pursuing “Democratic Intuition” (2014-present), a singular project, composed of eight chapters, each realized as an exhibition. The latest...
British Artist Anthea Hamilton Has Joined Thomas Dane Gallery in London

British Artist Anthea Hamilton Has Joined Thomas Dane Gallery in London

Anthea Hamilton lives and works in London.   THOMAS DANE GALLERY recently announced its representation of Anthea Hamilton. The British multidisciplinary artist, whose practice is defined by wit and rigor, was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2016. More recently, she was selected to present the 2018 Tate Britain Commission, which is currently on display...
After Acquiring 80+ Images by Gordon Parks, Alicia Keys and Kasseem Dean Pose for Portrait Intended as Homage to the Pioneering Photographer

After Acquiring 80+ Images by Gordon Parks, Alicia Keys and Kasseem Dean Pose for Portrait Intended as Homage to the Pioneering Photographer

  THE LATEST EDITION of Cultured Magazine features Alicia Keys-Dean and Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean. The married couple posed for their first-ever cover together for the magazine’s July/August 2018 issue. In the accompanying article by Rebecca Bengal, the increasingly influential art collectors and music industry powerhouses discuss their relationship with each other, their connections with...
David Zwirner Announced its Worldwide Representation of the Roy DeCarava Estate

David Zwirner Announced its Worldwide Representation of the Roy DeCarava Estate

  THE ESTATE OF AMERICAN ARTIST Roy DeCarava (1919–2009) is now represented worldwide by David Zwirner gallery. DeCarava trained as a painter and draftsman, before dedicating his career to photography in the mid-1940s. Through his lens, images of modern life in New York City were defined by light and shadow. The photographer’s best-known project is...
Latest News in African American Art: Nationwide Campaign Will Fund Political Billboards, Julie Mehretu Joins SFMOMA Board, Henry Taylor Wins De Niro Prize

Latest News in African American Art: Nationwide Campaign Will Fund Political Billboards, Julie Mehretu Joins SFMOMA Board, Henry Taylor Wins De Niro Prize

For Freedoms launched a nationwide crowd-sourcing campaign to fund artist-designed billboards for display in advance of the 2018 midterm elections in the United States.   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   NEWS The Brodsky Center, a collaborative...
All in the Family: Aaron Fowler's Elaborate Assemblage Works are Highly Personal

All in the Family: Aaron Fowler’s Elaborate Assemblage Works are Highly Personal

“You Deserve It Mama!!” (2017) by Aaron Fowler.   ABOUT 20 IRONING BOARDS, a broom, family photographs, LED rope lights, a stuffed donkey, a stuffed dog sans the stuffing, and a tall pane of glass are among the myriad objects Aaron Fowler incorporated into a massive assemblage work called “You Deserve It Mama!!” The artist...
Maren Hassinger is Now Represented by Susan Inglett Gallery

Maren Hassinger is Now Represented by Susan Inglett Gallery

  SUSAN INGLETT GALLERY announced its representation of Maren Hassinger today. The news comes the week after the artist’s exhibition, “Maren Hassinger: As One,” concluded at the gallery. The show featured recent works examining issues of equality. “Love” was made with hundreds of pink plastic bags, inflated with “breath” and containing love notes. Another work,...
British Artist Steve McQueen's Latest Film is a Heist Thriller Starring Viola Davis

British Artist Steve McQueen’s Latest Film is a Heist Thriller Starring Viola Davis

Viola Davis leads an ensemble cast in Steve McQueen’s latest film “Widows.” | Screenshot from Trailer   A DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, screenwriter, and video artist, Steve McQueen has a dual career making movies for museums and movies for the cineplex. In the art world, recent video installations have included “End Credits,” an homage to Paul Robeson,...
Artistic Director Okwui Enwezor Steps Down From Hans der Kunst Museum Due to Health Reasons

Artistic Director Okwui Enwezor Steps Down From Hans der Kunst Museum Due to Health Reasons

Okwui Enwezor served as artistic director of the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).   His global perspective and influence have played a significant role in transforming the contemporary art world   INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED curator and critic Okwui Enwezor announced on Monday that he is leaving the Haus der Kunst due to health reasons. He had been...
At Sotheby's, New Painting by Lorna Simpson Sets Artist's First Six-Figure Record

At Sotheby’s, New Painting by Lorna Simpson Sets Artist’s First Six-Figure Record

Lorna Simpson in her studio with “Day for Night” (2018) panels before they are painted.   AN ARCHIVAL IMAGE of a woman standing precariously on the window ledge of a brick building inspired “Day for Night” (2018), a four-panel painting by Lorna Simpson. The new work sold for $375,000 including fees at Sotheby’s New York...