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Artist Henry Taylor is Lending His West Coast Perspective to New York's High Line

Artist Henry Taylor is Lending His West Coast Perspective to New York’s High Line

  LOS ANGELES ARTIST Henry Taylor is bringing California cool to the High Line next month with a massive mural. Debuting March 17, “the floaters” is a self-portrait featuring the sunglass-wearing artist leisurely lounging in an enchanting blue pool. Taylor is also featured in the Whitney Biennial, which opens the same day at the nearby...
Body Prints by David Hammons Headline New York Auctions at Christie's and Swann

Body Prints by David Hammons Headline New York Auctions at Christie’s and Swann

  A post shared by CHRISTIE'S (@christiesinc) on Feb 26, 2017 at 11:46am PST   SITUATED BETWEEN “Love in the Night,” by Yayoi Kusama and John Baldessari’s “Exulting Figure (With Coins) and Witness,” a masterful body print by David Hammons is on display at Christie’s New York at Rockefeller Center. Depicting a lone figure executed...
Detroit Museum Exhibits Major Painting by Julie Mehretu, First in Series of Works on Loan by Black Artists

Detroit Museum Exhibits Major Painting by Julie Mehretu, First in Series of Works on Loan by Black Artists

Julie Mehretu, “Looking Back to a Bright New Future” (2003).   A MAJOR PAINTING by Julie Mehretu is on view in the contemporary art galleries at the Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA). A symphony of line, color, and form, “Looking Back to a Bright Future” (2003) is on loan from a private collection for...
'I Am Not Your Negro' Laces James Baldwin's Prescient Words with Potent Images Including Segregation-Era Photographs by Gordon Parks

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Laces James Baldwin’s Prescient Words with Potent Images Including Segregation-Era Photographs by Gordon Parks

James Baldwin in “I Am Not Your Negro.” | Photo by Dan Budnick   THERE IS TRUE ARTISTRY in “I Am Not Your Negro.” Inspired by the writings and profound insights of James Baldwin (1924-1987), Raoul Peck’s seminal film manages to synthesize more than 50 years of America’s woeful racism and dogged inhumanity into 93...
Black Art History: 10 Children's Books Illuminate the Lives of Important African American Artists and Photographers

Black Art History: 10 Children’s Books Illuminate the Lives of Important African American Artists and Photographers

  HOW DID THE 20TH CENTURY’S most important African American artists discover their crafts? These beautifully illustrated books reveal how each got their start. For Jacob Lawrence, it was his childhood in Harlem where the hustle and colors of the neighborhood inspired his interest in art. His compelling story and those of Benny Andrews, Romare...
Artist Rashid Johnson is Expanding his Practice, First Film Project is Adaptation of Richard Wright Novel 'Native Son'

Artist Rashid Johnson is Expanding his Practice, First Film Project is Adaptation of Richard Wright Novel ‘Native Son’

  MONUMENTAL INSTALLATIONS composed of black scaffolding have been the star attraction at Rashid Johnson‘s recent exhibitions. Last fall, “Fly Away” at Hauser & Wirth in New York featured “Antoine’s Organ,” the artist’s largest architectural grid work ever shown in the United States. Overflowing with plants, and filled with lights, video screens, shea butter and...
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). | Courtesy GP Contemporary   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. Titled “Jazz Is Free As A...
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 exhibition featuring four contemporary African...
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

Julie Mehretu, “Looking Back to a Bright New Future” (2003).   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...
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...
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, and Kara Walker; sculptures by...