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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...
Vilcek Prize Winner Nari Ward to Recreate 'We the People' Installation at New-York Historical Society on President's Day

Vilcek Prize Winner Nari Ward to Recreate ‘We the People’ Installation at New-York Historical Society on President’s Day

“We the People” at Barnes Foundation, 2016   SIX YEARS AGO, artist Nari Ward created a textile installation composed of nearly 1,000 shoe laces spelling out “We the People.” The work of art is particularly relevant today. The divisive political climate in the United States has awakened Americans anew to the values of democracy, importance...
A Look Back: For 8 Years, President Obama Touted Merits of Art for Change

A Look Back: For 8 Years, President Obama Touted Merits of Art for Change

  President Obama sits for first-ever 3D Presidential portrait being produced by the Smithsonian Institution, June 9, 2014. | Official White House Photo by Pete Souza   This post has been updated with links to Obama White House archive site.   FROM THE MOMENT President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama entered the White House,...
For the Obamas, Art Has Helped Make the White House Feel Like Home

For the Obamas, Art Has Helped Make the White House Feel Like Home

President Obama narrates a look inside his art-filled White House residence. | Obama White House Video   IN OCTOBER, PRESIDENT OBAMA hosted “Love & Happiness: A Musical Experience,” the last of many, many musical performances staged at the White House during his two terms. “Over the past eight years, Michelle and I have set aside...
Art Strike Calls for Cultural Institutions to Close on Inauguration Day to Combat Normalization of President-Elect

Art Strike Calls for Cultural Institutions to Close on Inauguration Day to Combat Normalization of President-Elect

Embed from Getty Images   This post has been updated.   ARTISTS, CURATORS, AND CRITICS are planning an Art Strike on Inauguration Day. The J20 Art Strike calls for a day of “noncompliance,” no work, no school, no business. The organizers are entreating museums, galleries, theaters, concert halls, studios, nonprofits, and art schools to close...
In Advance of Presidential Inauguration, Artists & Activists are Raising Their Voices in Protest

In Advance of Presidential Inauguration, Artists & Activists are Raising Their Voices in Protest

Embed from Getty Images   This post has been updated.   THIS WEEK SHOULD BE INTERESTING. It opens today with a federal holiday dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., a minister and nonviolent civil rights activist. His brave, radical and visionary campaigns changed U.S. laws—dismantling segregation and banning voter discrimination—and helped to advance human rights...
With Words and Deeds, President Obama Pays Tribute to the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

With Words and Deeds, President Obama Pays Tribute to the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza   AS THE ADMINISTRATION of President Barack Obama comes to a close and the inauguration of the next commander-in-chief looms, this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day takes on added significance. The occasion is particularly symbolic for the first black President of the United States. When President Obama...
Oprah Winfrey Has a Whitfield Lovell Installation in Her West Hollywood Office

Oprah Winfrey Has a Whitfield Lovell Installation in Her West Hollywood Office

Oprah Winfrey tells Steve Harvey that Whitfield Lovell’s work inspires her (starting at 4:00) | Video by The Steve Harvey Show   PERSONAL PHOTOS OF NELSON MANDELA and countless Emmys fill the shelves of Oprah Winfrey’s office, and across from her desk is an installation by artist Whitfield Lovell. Yesterday, Steve Harvey dedicated an entire...
Election Fervor: For 40 Years, 'Teenie' Harris Photographed Pittsburgh's African American Community, Including Major Political Moments

Election Fervor: For 40 Years, ‘Teenie’ Harris Photographed Pittsburgh’s African American Community, Including Major Political Moments

CHARLES “TEENIE” HARRIS, Linda Starkey handing bouquet to Shirley Chisholm, surrounded by Delta Sigma Theta sorority members, including Christine Jones Fulwiley on left, Vivian Mason Lane, and Marcia Davis, in Loendi Club, March 5, 1972 (black and white: Kodak Safety Film). | Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund   FOR GENERATIONS, AFRICAN AMERICANS in...
We the People: This Election Season, Art and the Politics of Social Justice are on View

We the People: This Election Season, Art and the Politics of Social Justice are on View

THIS FALL, NEW EXHIBITIONS featuring work by and about black people are opening in a political season like no other. Social justice issues are at the fore and change is afoot as the presidential election nears. The climate is reflected in the subjects African American artists are addressing in their work and is also paralleled...
Gifted: Photographer Jaimie Milner Pays Tribute to Beauty, Ingenuity of Black Men

Gifted: Photographer Jaimie Milner Pays Tribute to Beauty, Ingenuity of Black Men

Jaimie Milner and some of the men she has photographed discuss the Gifted project.   FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS, Jaimie Milner has been photographing black men. She describes the process as an exploration of the “beauty and ingenuity of black men today.” Milner has made portraits of more than 50 so far, from all...