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In Paris, Black Doll Exhibition Explores Women's Craft, History of Childhood Play, and Dynamics of America's Racial Structure

In Paris, Black Doll Exhibition Explores Women’s Craft, History of Childhood Play, and Dynamics of America’s Racial Structure

  EUROPEAN MUSEUMS ARE EXPOSING THEIR AUDIENCES to works by African Americans artists that reflect and respond to the history of race in United States. Two major exhibitions, “The Color Line: African American Artists and Segregation” at Le musée du quai Branly in Paris (2016), and “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of...
Art & Agency: New Book by Peggy Cooper Cafritz Explores Her Collections and Undying Support for Artists

Art & Agency: New Book by Peggy Cooper Cafritz Explores Her Collections and Undying Support for Artists

A NUMBER OF ART PATRONS boast impressive collections of African American art. Peggy Cooper Cafritz is probably the loan collector in the category who has assembled two. Over the course of 20-plus years, Cafritz acquired more than 300 works by artists such as Barkley L. Hendricks, Norman Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Yinka Shonibare,...
Re-Birth of the Cool: A Second Printing of the Catalog for the Seminal Barkley Hendricks Exhibition Has Been Published

Re-Birth of the Cool: A Second Printing of the Catalog for the Seminal Barkley Hendricks Exhibition Has Been Published

  A DECADE AGO TODAY, “Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool” opened at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (Feb. 7-July 13, 2008). The traveling survey brought renewed attention to Barkley L. Hendricks (1945-2017), the artist and photographer whose powerful portraits dating from the 1960s and 70s masterfully capture the individuality, attitude...
Culture Type Picks: The 14 Best Black Art Books of 2017

Culture Type Picks: The 14 Best Black Art Books of 2017

  SOME OF THE BEST ART BOOKS published this year focus on the past and the present. Exhibition catalogs such as “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85” and “Soul of a “Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power,” and the scholarly publication “South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in...
The Artist Project: New Volume Explores What Artists See, What Inspires Them, When They Look at Art at The Met Museum

The Artist Project: New Volume Explores What Artists See, What Inspires Them, When They Look at Art at The Met Museum

HOWARDENA PINDELL, Detail of “Oval Memory Series II: Castle Dragon,” 1980-81.   LAST YEAR, ANDREA BOWERS was in conversation with Martha Rosler at the Dia Art Foundation. The two artists discussed “If You Lived Here…,” a project about homelessness and real estate in New York City Rosler presented at the Dia in 1989. Invited to...
Holiday Gift Guide 2017: 14 New Books for the Photography Lovers on Your List

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: 14 New Books for the Photography Lovers on Your List

EXCEPTIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS tell amazing stories. Through images by and about people of African descent, a number of recently published volumes further reveal the personalities, places, cultures and issues that have captured our imaginations and surface others largely overlooked. Must haves for the photography enthusiasts on your gift list, these titles span fine art, documentary, and...
Culture Talk: Kellie Jones Discusses 'South of Pico,' Her Recently Published Book About African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and '70s

Culture Talk: Kellie Jones Discusses ‘South of Pico,’ Her Recently Published Book About African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and ’70s

Kellie Jones, author of “South of Pico.”   A DECADE AGO, Kellie Jones set out to write a book about African American artists in Los Angeles. The focus of her research was the 1960s and ’70s, a period when artists in the city were experimenting with materials and form, and mixing art with activism. Shortly...
Monumental Practice: Long Before the Violence in Charlottesville, Mabel O. Wilson Was Exploring the Intersection of Race and History in Public Spaces

Monumental Practice: Long Before the Violence in Charlottesville, Mabel O. Wilson Was Exploring the Intersection of Race and History in Public Spaces

Robert E. Lee Monument in Emancipation Park, Charlottesville, Va. | via UVA   THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE’S plans to remove a monument memorializing Confederate General Robert E. Lee drew protests from tiki torch-bearing white supremacists and white nationalists. On Aug. 12, counter-demonstrators clashed with participants in the “Unite the Right” rally and one woman, among...
The Age of Basquiat: New Books, Important Exhibitions, and Soaring Auction Sales Are Substantiating the Artist's Legacy

The Age of Basquiat: New Books, Important Exhibitions, and Soaring Auction Sales Are Substantiating the Artist’s Legacy

Embed from Getty Images   FASCINATION WITH THE LIFE AND WORK of Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) has never really quelled since his death three decades ago. Over the past few years, a crush of exhibitions and catalogs, and soaring auctions sales have further shaped the legacy of Basquiat whose life was cut short by a drug...
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...
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...
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...
College Art Association Honoring Ruth Fine for Norman Lewis Catalog: 'I Wanted it to Visually be Compelling and Comprehensible'

College Art Association Honoring Ruth Fine for Norman Lewis Catalog: ‘I Wanted it to Visually be Compelling and Comprehensible’

Curator Ruth Fine previews Norman Lewis exhibition at PAFA – Nov. 12, 2015 | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine   THE COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION (CAA) announced recipients of its 2017 Awards for Distinction and art historian Ruth Fine is among the honorees. Fine organized “Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis,” the first major museum retrospective...
Culture Type Picks: The 12 Best Black Art Books of 2016

Culture Type Picks: The 12 Best Black Art Books of 2016

THIS YEAR’S SELECTION of the Best Black Art Books includes 12 volumes that in various ways are reframing art history—from scholarly works shedding light on major cultural moments and volumes of groundbreaking photography, to exhibition catalogs surveying broadly the work of important artists such as Kerry James Marshall and Alma Thomas. Highly recommended among Culture...