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Annual List of Top 100 Art World Power Players Includes Notable Rankings for Thelma Golden, African American Artists

Annual List of Top 100 Art World Power Players Includes Notable Rankings for Thelma Golden, African American Artists

From left, Curator Thelma Golden. | Photo © Julie Skarratt; Artist Kara Walker. | Photo by Paul Zimmerman, Getty Images   THELMA GOLDEN IS THE EIGHTH most powerful person in the art world, according to Art Review. The London-based international contemporary art magazine published its 2017 Power 100 list of the most influential figures in...
Artforum: Powerful Clenched Fist Sculpture by Elizabeth Catlett Graces November Cover

Artforum: Powerful Clenched Fist Sculpture by Elizabeth Catlett Graces November Cover

  THE BLACK POWER MOVEMENT was about strength, community, black identity and self determination. All of these characteristics are present in “Black Unity” by Elizabeth Catlett. Created in 1968, Catlett’s powerful, wood sculpture covers of the latest issue of Artforum magazine. It’s been a tumultuous couple of weeks at Artforum. Knight Landesman, one of its...
WSJ. Magazine Recognizes Mark Bradford's Banner Year with 2017 Innovator Award

WSJ. Magazine Recognizes Mark Bradford’s Banner Year with 2017 Innovator Award

  ART SHOULD GET RIGHT UP IN YOUR FACE. “A good art work should rush out so close up to you that you are so uncomfortable. It should just rush out and get in your face,” Mark Bradford says in a new WSJ. The Wall Street Journal Magazine video. He talks about how America is...
Anderson Cooper on His Newfound Passion for Contemporary Art: 'I Really Love Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Toyin Ojih Odutola'

Anderson Cooper on His Newfound Passion for Contemporary Art: ‘I Really Love Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Toyin Ojih Odutola’

  ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, Anderson Cooper “got really serious” about collecting art. In an interview with Town & Country, the CNN anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent discusses how he and his partner Benjamin Maisani are assembling a collection that represents their disparate tastes and shared interests. Of the two, Maisani is the veteran collector...
Kadir Nelson Depicts Father and Daughter on Brooklyn Stoop for New Yorker Cover

Kadir Nelson Depicts Father and Daughter on Brooklyn Stoop for New Yorker Cover

  ENVISIONING NEW YORK IN THE FALL, Kadir Nelson‘s latest cover illustration for The New Yorker magazine depicts a father and daughter sitting on the stoop of a Brooklyn brownstone. “Sitting on the stoop is such a New York thing,” Nelson told Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker. “Brownstones, stoops, leaves turning: that’s...
Cover Artist: Henry Taylor Graces Summer Issue of Cultured Magazine

Cover Artist: Henry Taylor Graces Summer Issue of Cultured Magazine

  IN ADVANCE OF “A Portrait Show” (June 11-July 22, 2017), Henry Taylor‘s solo exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich, Switzerland, Cultured magazine visited the artist in his studio. The publication paired Hamza Walker, executive director of LAXART, with Taylor. Both live and work in Los Angeles. The artist was still working on canvases...
'One of the Most Influential Artists Anywhere': Kerry James Marshall Makes 'Time' 100 List

‘One of the Most Influential Artists Anywhere’: Kerry James Marshall Makes ‘Time’ 100 List

Photograph by Broomberg & Chanarin via Time   TIME MAGAZINE ANNOUNCED its annual assessment of the 100 Most Influential People and artist Kerry James Marshall made the list. The 2017 roundup of people at the forefront of ideas, innovation, power and change, includes major figures in five categories—pioneers, artists, leaders, titans, and icons. Pope Francis,...
Kara Walker Covers New York Magazine's Special Art & Design Issue

Kara Walker Covers New York Magazine’s Special Art & Design Issue

Cover Artist: Kara Walker on New York magazine’s Art & Design issue (April 17-30, 2017).   FOR THE NEW ART & DESIGN ISSUE of New York magazine, writer Doreen St. Félix profiles Kara Walker. She spent time with the 47-year-old artist at her brownstone in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, her Garment District studio, and also talking...
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...
Ebony Cover by Illustrator Kadir Nelson Projects 'American Ideals, African American Patriotism, and Love of Family'

Ebony Cover by Illustrator Kadir Nelson Projects ‘American Ideals, African American Patriotism, and Love of Family’

  STANDING PROUD AND UNITED, a multi-generational African American family is featured on the February 2017 cover of Ebony magazine. They stand before a brick home on an expanse of land with a city skyline visible in the background. The image illustrates a special package featuring 10 thought leaders weighing in on how black communities...
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...
Illustrator Kadir Nelson Envisions Martin Luther King Jr. for Cover of New Yorker

Illustrator Kadir Nelson Envisions Martin Luther King Jr. for Cover of New Yorker

    THIS WEEK’S THE NEW YORKER boasts a cover image of Martin Luther King Jr., by Los Angeles artist Kadir Nelson. In the illustration, the civil rights legend’s brow is furrowed. He looks pensive, as though he is not sure what to make of the state of the nation he left behind. “What would...
Cover Stars: The 24 Best Art Magazine Covers of 2016

Cover Stars: The 24 Best Art Magazine Covers of 2016

  NOTHING BEATS LEAFING through the pages of a visually inspiring print publication, except perhaps that initial moment of spotting a compelling magazine cover on the newsstand or newly delivered to your mailbox. Over the past year, art magazines have selected winning images paying tribute to painter Kerry James Marshall, marking the historic opening of...
Frieze Magazine: Betye Saar Reveals 5 Influences in First-Person Reflection on Nearly 70 Years of Art Making

Frieze Magazine: Betye Saar Reveals 5 Influences in First-Person Reflection on Nearly 70 Years of Art Making

  THE LOS ANGELES-BASED ARTIST Betye Saar is known for her assemblage works, mixed-media objects that explore race, history, death and rebirth through found objects. Indeed, Saar herself is enjoying a bit of a renaissance. After serving as a resident faculty member in 1985, Saar returned to Skowhegan in 2014 as a visiting artist. Further,...