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Barkley L. Hendricks, 72, the Artist Known for his Life-Size, Realist Portraits, Has Died

Barkley L. Hendricks, 72, the Artist Known for his Life-Size, Realist Portraits, Has Died

BARKLEY L. HENDRICKS, “Slick (Self Portrait),” 1977   ARTIST AND PHOTOGRAPHER Barkley L. Hendricks (1945-2017) died today. He was 72. With a practice spanning painting and photography and landscapes and figuration, he was most recognized for his life-size realist portraits painted in the 1970s of subjects whose cool poses and style of dress conveyed a...
Muhammad Ali Has Died: The Charismatic Boxing Legend was a Photographer's Dream

Muhammad Ali Has Died: The Charismatic Boxing Legend was a Photographer’s Dream

  CAUGHT IN A QUIET MOMENT, donning a robe while penning a letter. Indulging a young boy in the chance to spar with a champion. Perched on a massage table, wide-eyed with a playful, mock expression of shock. Pictures tell incredible stories. In life and death, much has been said and written about Muhammad Ali;...
Pioneering Malian Photographer Malick Sidibe Has Died at Age 80

Pioneering Malian Photographer Malick Sidibe Has Died at Age 80

Embed from Getty Images   CONSIDERED ON OF THE MOST influential photographers of his time, Malick Sidibe has died at age 80. For more than half a century, the Malian photographer documented the post-independence cultural transformation in his native country. He was recognized for his legendary studio portraits and dynamic street shots, bringing Mali’s people...
Sculptor Inge Hardison, Who Paid Tribute to African American Legends, Has Died

Sculptor Inge Hardison, Who Paid Tribute to African American Legends, Has Died

A TRUE RENAISSANCE WOMAN, sculptor Inge Hardison, was also a photographer, poet and actress. The New York Daily News published an article announcing her death today, reporting that she died on March 23 “after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.” Hardison lived in Manhattan and was 102. Hardison was recognized for her sculptural portraits of...
Alabama Artist Thornton Dial, Who Created 'Magisterial Constructions' Out of Everyday Objects, Dies at Age 87

Alabama Artist Thornton Dial, Who Created ‘Magisterial Constructions’ Out of Everyday Objects, Dies at Age 87

PIONEERING ALABAMA ARTIST Thornton Dial Sr., died on Monday, Jan. 25 at his home in McCalla, Ala. Dial created densely structured wall reliefs and mixed-media works exploring a range of subjects from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and race and social justice issues, to more mundane matters of everyday rural life. He was 87. According...
Honored in February with a Chicago Homecoming, Artist Eldzier Cortor Has Died at Age 99

Honored in February with a Chicago Homecoming, Artist Eldzier Cortor Has Died at Age 99

  AFRICAN AMERICAN PAINTER AND PRINTMAKER Eldzier Cortor died on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26. Cortor was recognized for his dignified and graceful images of black women, often depicted in the nude, their lithe bodies referencing the lines of African sculpture. According to the New York Times, he died in Seaford, N.Y., on Long Island, at...
Swann Announces September Sale of Maya Angelou's Art Collection

Swann Announces September Sale of Maya Angelou’s Art Collection

View image | gettyimages.com   AN AVID COLLECTOR OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART, Maya Angelou (1928-2014) surrounded herself with paintings, sculpture, fine prints and works on paper. The vaunted poet and author acquired works by Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Melvin Edwards and Faith Ringgold, among many others, that have largely remained unseen by the...
Assassinated 50 Years Ago, Malcolm X's Powerful Image, Message Still Resonate

Assassinated 50 Years Ago, Malcolm X’s Powerful Image, Message Still Resonate

FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY, Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. To pay tribute to her father, Ilyasah Shabazz wrote an essay published in the New York Times titled “What Would Malcolm X Think?” In the article, she recounts the outspoken leaders’s strategies for gaining civil rights for Black Americans and suggests...
Artist Nick Cave Remembers Gallerist Claude Simard

Artist Nick Cave Remembers Gallerist Claude Simard

IN A RECENT ARTNEWS CONVERSATION titled, ‘An Angel That Sits Upon Our Shoulders,’ Nick Cave pays tribute to gallery owner and artist Claude Simard (1956-2014) who died June 24. Simard was a partner in Jack Shainman Gallery, which represents Cave and a number of other prominent black artists including El Anatsui, Barkley Hendricks, Kerry James...
Influential Performance Artist Terry Adkins Has Died

Influential Performance Artist Terry Adkins Has Died

INFLUENTIAL AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING artist and educator Terry Adkins (1953-2014) died of heart failure on Feb. 8. An interdisciplinary conceptual artist and musician, his work is currently featured in the group show Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The founder of Lone Wolf Recital Corps and a professor of...
Remembering Nelson Mandela: Statesman, Revolutionary, Artist

Remembering Nelson Mandela: Statesman, Revolutionary, Artist

THE WORLD LOST a legendary statesman this week. After spending 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) defeated generations of white minority rule when he was elected South Africa’s first black president, serving from 1994 to 1999. A standard-bearer for peace and reconciliation, Mandela died on Dec. 5 at the age of 95. Following a...