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For World Book Day, 5 New Volumes Featuring African American Artists

For World Book Day, 5 New Volumes Featuring African American Artists

DESIGNATED BY THE UNITED NATIONS Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Book Day promotes reading, publishing and copyright. It’s a great excuse to learn more about five new art books. Recently published volumes pay tribute to women artists and explore the work of African American artists active in 1960s and 70s Los Angeles—the work...
Celebrating Earth Day with Alma Thomas's Nature-Inspired 'Earth' Paintings

Celebrating Earth Day with Alma Thomas’s Nature-Inspired ‘Earth’ Paintings

Alma Thomas, “Untitled,” circa 1968. | MoMA   A NEW EXHIBITION at the Museum of Modern Art in New York is dedicated to works by women artists created between the end of World War II in 1945 and the onset of the Feminist Movement in the late 1960s. “Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction”...
Schomburg Acquires James Baldwin Archive, Including Letters to Beauford Delaney Who Painted Many Portraits of the Writer

Schomburg Acquires James Baldwin Archive, Including Letters to Beauford Delaney Who Painted Many Portraits of the Writer

Embed from Getty Images   DURING HIS LIFETIME, James Baldwin (1924-1987) had a lot to say. His insightful observations and thoughtful, sometimes fiery, words about race, civil rights, and the American paradigm resonate 30 years after his death. The recent Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” which is based on an unpublished Baldwin manuscript,...
Washington Renaissance: 8 Distinguished Artists Reflect and Connect in Wide-Ranging Discussion of African American Art in 20th Century Washington

Washington Renaissance: 8 Distinguished Artists Reflect and Connect in Wide-Ranging Discussion of African American Art in 20th Century Washington

Artists Sam Gilliam and David C. Driskell. | © 2017 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington   THE FIRST TIME Lilian Thomas Burwell met Sam Gilliam, he told her if she wanted to be taken seriously as an artist she should get her own studio space. “He didn’t know me from Adam,” said...
Scurlock Photography Studio: Father and Sons Documented Black Washington for Much of 20th Century

Scurlock Photography Studio: Father and Sons Documented Black Washington for Much of 20th Century

ADDISON SCURLOCK, Howard University Students,” circa 1920-30 (printed 1970). | Scurlock Studio Records, circa 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History   FOR THE GREATER PART of the 20th century, America’s black metropolises were documented by visionary black photographers who forged successful businesses and important roles as local community historians. They offered portraits of...
Art Capital: Nearly 500 Gather at National Gallery of Art to Discuss African American Art in 20th Century Washington

Art Capital: Nearly 500 Gather at National Gallery of Art to Discuss African American Art in 20th Century Washington

Detail of ALMA THOMAS, “Red Rose Cantata” 1973 (acrylic on canvas). | Courtesy National Gallery of Art   Symposium Gives a Nod to Howard University and Local Artists, Scholars and Curators Who Shaped Field FOR DECADES, HOWARD UNIVERSITY in Washington, D.C., was at the center of the African American art world. When Alma Thomas graduated...
From London to New York, Whitney Biennial Artist Henry Taylor is Having a Major Art World Moment

From London to New York, Whitney Biennial Artist Henry Taylor is Having a Major Art World Moment

HENRY TAYLOR’s paintings on view at 2017 Whitney Biennial, including his depiction of Philando Castile, at right. | Photograph by Matthew Carasella   THROUGH LOOSLY RENDERED FIGURATION Henry Taylor conveys a sense of authenticity and insight into the complexity of humanity. The Los Angeles-based artist is participating in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, which opened yesterday....
Henry Taylor's March Cover of Art in America Magazine is Inspired by 1968 Photo of Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis

Henry Taylor’s March Cover of Art in America Magazine is Inspired by 1968 Photo of Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis

  FOR THE MARCH COVER of Art in America magazine Henry Taylor was inspired by a society photograph from half a century ago. Titled “Cicely and Miles Visit the Obamas” the Los Angeles-based painter imagines Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis (1926-1991) visiting President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. The...
Pomegranate is Publishing 2018 Calendar Devoted to Paintings by Eldzier Cortor, More Products Featuring African American Artists on Horizon

Pomegranate is Publishing 2018 Calendar Devoted to Paintings by Eldzier Cortor, More Products Featuring African American Artists on Horizon

Eldzier Cortor’s “Classical Study No. 39,” 1979 (oil on canvas) is featured on the cover of Pomegranate’s 2018 calendar.   KATIE BURKE WAS VISITING Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York when she saw a major painting by Eldzier Cortor (1916–2015) and it sparked an idea. The publisher of Pomegranate Communications, Burke was very familiar with...
Black Women in the Art World, Taking Stock on International Women's Day

Black Women in the Art World, Taking Stock on International Women’s Day

Artists Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Julie Mehretu, Museum director Belinda Tate   WOMEN ACCOUNT FOR 51 PERCENT of visual artists working today, according to the National Endowment for the Arts. The figure mirrors women’s representation in the U.S. population, which was 50.8 percent in 2015, based on Census statistics. The parity ends there. The National...
'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...
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...