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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...
Studio Museum in Harlem Announces 2018 Artists in Residence

Studio Museum in Harlem Announces 2018 Artists in Residence

From left, Sable Elyse Smith, Allison Janae Hamilton, and Tschabalala Self.   THREE WOMEN ARTISTS will be in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem during its 50th anniversary year. The museum announced Allison Janae Hamilton, Tschabalala Self, and Sable Elyse Smith are its 2018 artists in residence. Their residency begins in early April 2018....
Survey: The Latest News in African American Art and Beyond, Nov. 8, 2017

Survey: The Latest News in African American Art and Beyond, Nov. 8, 2017

SURVEY is a review of the latest news and happenings related to visual art by and about people of African descent, with the occasional nod to cultural matters. SEVERAL MAJOR EXHIBITION featuring African American artists are opening this week including Mark Bradford at the Hirshhorn Museum, Nick Cave at the Frist Center, Nina Chanel Abney...
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...
Survey: The Latest News in African American Art and Beyond, Nov. 1, 2017

Survey: The Latest News in African American Art and Beyond, Nov. 1, 2017

SURVEY is a review of the latest news and happenings related to visual art by and about people of African descent, with the occasional nod to cultural matters. OVER THE WEEKEND, the feminist art historian Linda Nochlin died at age 86. She wrote the seminal 1971 essay, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?,”...
Retrospective: The Latest News in African American Art and Beyond, Oct. 28, 2017

Retrospective: The Latest News in African American Art and Beyond, Oct. 28, 2017

RETROSPECTIVE is a review of the latest news and happenings related to visual art by and about people of African descent, with the occasional nod to cultural matters. OVER THE PAST WEEK, compelling conversations about art, politics, and society, took place across the country. The SCAD Museum of Art hosted a symposium in conjunction with...
Architect David Adjaye Named Lead Designer for National Holocaust Memorial in London

Architect David Adjaye Named Lead Designer for National Holocaust Memorial in London

  THE UK GOVERNMENT has selected Adjaye Associates, Ron Arad Architects and landscape architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman to design a new national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London. David Adjaye will serve as lead designer of the project. Commissioned by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, the memorial honors “the six million Jewish men,...
Presidential Appointments: Obamas Select Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to Paint Their Official Portraits for Smithsonian

Presidential Appointments: Obamas Select Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to Paint Their Official Portraits for Smithsonian

  TWO AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS are painting official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The artists were selected by the Obamas. New York-based Kehinde Wiley is painting the president and Baltimore artist Amy Sherald will depict the first lady. The Portrait Gallery commissioned...
New Banners at Smithsonian American Art Museum Feature Paintings by Alma Thomas and William H. Johnson

New Banners at Smithsonian American Art Museum Feature Paintings by Alma Thomas and William H. Johnson

  TREASURED WORKS BY African American artists Alma Thomas and William H. Johnson are on view outside the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum (SAAM). With the help of the public, the works were selected to grace the new banners hanging at the museum’s entrances. “The Eclipse” (1970) by Thomas and “Flowers” (1939-40) by Johnson greet visitors...
PAFA Has Acquired a Confederate Flag. Artist Sonya Clark is 'Unraveling' it Nov. 4

PAFA Has Acquired a Confederate Flag. Artist Sonya Clark is ‘Unraveling’ it Nov. 4

In September, PAFA acquired “Unraveling” (2015-ongoing) by Sonya Clark for $17,000. The artist is deconstructing (or “unraveling”) the Confederate flag on Nov. 4. | Courtesy Sonya Clark   THE FATE OF CONFEDERATE STATUES in public spaces. NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem. America’s complicated history with race and views about protest are...
Artist Samuel Levi Jones is Joining Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Artist Samuel Levi Jones is Joining Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

  SUSANNE VIELMETTER LOS ANGELES PROJECTS has announced its representation of Samuel Levi Jones. The Chicago-based artist makes innovative three-dimensional works out of books, taking an intellectual approach to working with the tomes that could be described as anthropological abstraction. The news that Jones is joining Susanne Vielmetter comes about four months after the opening...
Dawoud Bey and Njideka Akunyili Crosby Awarded 2017 MacArthur 'Genius' Grants

Dawoud Bey and Njideka Akunyili Crosby Awarded 2017 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants

Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Dawoud Bey. | Photos courtesy MacArthur Foundation   THE LATEST CLASS of MacArthur Foundation fellows includes photographer Dawoud Bey and painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby. The artists are among 24 recipients of 2017 “Genius” grants announced today. MacArthur Fellowships are bestowed upon “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in...
Smithsonian's African American Museum is Getting its Own U.S. Postage Stamp

Smithsonian’s African American Museum is Getting its Own U.S. Postage Stamp

  TO CELEBRATE ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is being immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp. Based on a photograph of the David Adjaye-designed building, the stamp features a daytime image of the museum’s exterior. The Forever stamp will be available nationwide this friday. “Black history...
Lifetime Achievement: 3 Institutions are Paying Tribute to Betye Saar, 'One of the Most Profound Living American Artists'

Lifetime Achievement: 3 Institutions are Paying Tribute to Betye Saar, ‘One of the Most Profound Living American Artists’

  THREE AMERICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS are bestowing lifetime achievement awards on Betye Saar. Next weekend, the Craft & Folk Art Museum Los Angeles (CAFAM) is honoring Saar at its annual fundraising gala. Earlier this year, Saar presented “Keepin’ It Clean,” a solo exhibition of washboard assemblages dating from the 1990s to present at the museum....