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The Week in African American Art: Solange Creates Performance with Dozens of Dancers and White Minimalist Cube & More

The Week in African American Art: Solange Creates Performance with Dozens of Dancers and White Minimalist Cube & More

  PROJECTS/UNVEILINGS | Solange Ferguson, “Metatronia (Metatron’s Cube),” 2018, at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles   The following review of the past week presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   NEWS Jerome Meadows, a Savannah, Ga.-based artist has been commissioned to create a memorial to Ed Johnson,...
Kehinde Wiley, the Portrait Artist Who is 'Transforming the Way African Americans are Seen,' Makes Time 100 List

Kehinde Wiley, the Portrait Artist Who is ‘Transforming the Way African Americans are Seen,’ Makes Time 100 List

  Kehinde Wiley is among the artists who made the 2018 Time 100 list. | Video by Time Magazine   TIME MAGAZINE RELEASED its Time 100 list for 2018 and it features three visual artists—Judy Chicago, JR, and Kehinde Wiley, who appears in the wake of painting his news making portrait of President Barack Obama,...
The Week in African American Art: Zoé Whitley Named Curator of British Pavilion at 2019 Venice Biennial & More

The Week in African American Art: Zoé Whitley Named Curator of British Pavilion at 2019 Venice Biennial & More

Zoé Whitley to curate British Pavilion at 2019 Venice Biennale. | Photo by Andrew Dunkley, Tate Photography   The following review of the past week presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   APPOINTMENTS British Pavilion at Venice Biennial Zoé Whitley is curating the British Pavilion at the...
PAFA Hired Curator Brittany Webb to Steward Legacy of African American Sculptor John Rhoden and Collection of 275+ Works

PAFA Hired Curator Brittany Webb to Steward Legacy of African American Sculptor John Rhoden and Collection of 275+ Works

Sculptor John Rhoden (1918-2001).   FIFTEEN YEARS AFTER THE DEATH of African American sculptor John Rhoden (1918-2001), his widow died in 2016. The couple was childless and Richanda Rhoden did not designate a beneficiary in her will, but she did specify that the couple’s estate should go to an institution willing to steward her husband’s...
The Week in African American Art: Kehinde Wiley Signed with a Hollywood Agent & More

The Week in African American Art: Kehinde Wiley Signed with a Hollywood Agent & More

  The following review of the past week presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   Kehinde Wiley has signed with a Hollywood talent agency. Shown here, he attends the opening for his 2017 exhibition “Trickster” at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York City. | Photo by Johnny...
Speed Art Museum Acquires Bob Thompson Painting, a Self-Portrait of the Louisville Native

Speed Art Museum Acquires Bob Thompson Painting, a Self-Portrait of the Louisville Native

Bob Thompson, 1964 | Smithsonian Archives of American Art   1960 WAS A PIVOTAL YEAR for Bob Thompson (1937-1966). He had his first solo exhibition at the Delancey Street Museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The same year, he made a rare self-portrait, depicting himself in his Clinton Street studio surrounded by his...
Record-Setting African American Art Auction Gives Swann Galleries Highest-Ever Sales Total in Company History

Record-Setting African American Art Auction Gives Swann Galleries Highest-Ever Sales Total in Company History

BEAUFORD DELANEY, “Untitled (Village Street Scene),” 1948   APPLAUSE SWEPT THROUGH THE SALESROOM when a colorful mid-career canvas by Norman Lewis soared to $725,000*, three times the estimate. Bidders also clapped when a village street scene painted by Beauford Delaney (above) and “O Freedom,” a large-scale charcoal and crayon drawing by Charles White reached half...
Alma Thomas's Hometown Museum in Columbus, Ga., Plans a Major Retrospective

Alma Thomas’s Hometown Museum in Columbus, Ga., Plans a Major Retrospective

Alma Thomas with her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art. | Courtesy Archives of American Art   LARGELY KNOWN AS A WASHINGTON, D.C,-BASED ARTIST who dedicated herself to her practice full-time late in life, Alma Thomas (1891-1978) is recognized for her abstract compositions, exuberant works defined by rhythmic pattern and vibrant color. The...
The Month in African American Art: Here’s What Happened in March 2018

The Month in African American Art: Here’s What Happened in March 2018

  The following review of March 2018 presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   NEWS | The Fifth Avenue building that housed the Studio Museum in Harlem when it was founded in 1968 is being razed. | Photo by Elizabeth Dee Gallery via Artforum   NEWS When...
New ART21 Film Documents Jack Whitten in the Studio Working on His Last Painting

New ART21 Film Documents Jack Whitten in the Studio Working on His Last Painting

  LAST OCTOBER, ART21 collaborated with Jack Whitten (1939-2018) on a short film about his life and work. Shot in his studio, “An Artist’s Life: Jack Whitten” captures him making a painting titled “Quantum Wall, VIII (For Arshile Gorky, My First Love In Painting),” as he explains his innovative methods and techniques. He also talks...
Amy Sherald is Joining Hauser & Wirth, the Mega-Gallery Announced its Worldwide Representation of the Baltimore-Based Artist

Amy Sherald is Joining Hauser & Wirth, the Mega-Gallery Announced its Worldwide Representation of the Baltimore-Based Artist

  HAUSER & WIRTH ANNOUNCED its representation of Amy Sherald March 20. The Baltimore-based artist paints imaginative portraits of ordinary African Americans. She recently took on a well-known subject for the first time when she was commissioned to paint First Lady Michelle Obama whose portrait was unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery on Feb....
The Broad Acquires Mark Bradford's Record-Setting 'Helter Skelter I,' Along with Works by Julie Mehretu, Kerry James Marshall

The Broad Acquires Mark Bradford’s Record-Setting ‘Helter Skelter I,’ Along with Works by Julie Mehretu, Kerry James Marshall

Detail of Mark Bradford’s “Helter Skelter I” (2007).   ART MARKET HISTORY WAS MADE earlier this month when “Helter Skelter I,” a monumental painting by Mark Bradford sold for $10.4 million (nearly $12 million, including fees) at Phillips London. The price was the highest-ever achieved at auction for a work by a living African American...
National Museum of Women in the Arts Acquires Two Works by Mildred Thompson, the Late Artist Known for Her Energetic Abstractions

National Museum of Women in the Arts Acquires Two Works by Mildred Thompson, the Late Artist Known for Her Energetic Abstractions

MILDRED THOMPSON, “Magnetic Fields,” 1990   THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS celebrated the birthday of Mildred Thompson (1936-2003) with the announcement of two acquisitions. Under-recognized in her lifetime, the Atlanta-based artist worked in abstraction, making paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture. Thompson was featured prominently in “Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to...
Prominent Artists Are Donating Their Works to Help Support Studio Museum in Harlem's Building Project

Prominent Artists Are Donating Their Works to Help Support Studio Museum in Harlem’s Building Project

Clockwise, from top left, Sam Gilliam, Lorna Simpson, Mark Bradford, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Glenn Ligon Julie Mehretu, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Rashid Johnson. | via Sotheby’s   ARTISTS WITH CLOSE TIES to the Studio Museum in Harlem are donating works to support the historic institution’s construction campaign. Creating Space: Artists for The Studio Museum in Harlem:...