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Summer Shows: New Exhibitions Feature African American Artists Beverly Buchanan, Arthur Jafa, Glenn Ligon and Bradford Young

Summer Shows: New Exhibitions Feature African American Artists Beverly Buchanan, Arthur Jafa, Glenn Ligon and Bradford Young

A NUMBER OF GEMS OPENED this month. Summer tends to be a relatively quiet season art-wise, but this year major international events—Venice Biennale, Documenta 14, and Art Basel—are coinciding with compelling gallery and museum exhibitions featuring works by black artists. From San Francisco and Detroit, to Greece, London and Cape...
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Best in Show: Pope.L Named Recipient of Whitney Biennial 2017 Bucksbaum Award

Best in Show: Pope.L Named Recipient of Whitney Biennial 2017 Bucksbaum Award

  FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION to the 2017 Whitney Biennial, Pope.L utilized processed lunch meat and found photography to raise issues of representation and the pitfalls of population counting and “baloney” that can be embedded in its accuracy and use. Always thought-provoking, the multidisciplinary artist’s clever approach has been duly recognized. The Whitney Museum of American...
From Houston to Richmond: VMFA Hires Valerie Cassel Oliver as Modern and Contemporary Art Curator

From Houston to Richmond: VMFA Hires Valerie Cassel Oliver as Modern and Contemporary Art Curator

  THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS (VMFA) named Valerie Cassel Oliver its new Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Recognized for her ability to connect with artists and identify promising emerging figures, Cassel Oliver is expected to invigorate the department, introducing an innovative exhibition program and a broad range...
Louise Bernard Named Director of Obama Presidential Center's Museum

Louise Bernard Named Director of Obama Presidential Center’s Museum

  THE OBAMA FOUNDATION in Chicago announced Louise Bernard will serve as the first director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center. Bernard, who has previously been associated with the New York Public Library, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will...
The Age of Basquiat: New Books, Important Exhibitions, and Soaring Auction Sales Have Substantiated the Artist's Legacy

The Age of Basquiat: New Books, Important Exhibitions, and Soaring Auction Sales Have Substantiated 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...
Mixed Media: $2 Million Flag by David Hammons is a Work of Art, Political Statement, and Art World Commodity

Mixed Media: $2 Million Flag by David Hammons is a Work of Art, Political Statement, and Art World Commodity

Lot 2: DAVID HAMMONS, “African-American Flag,” 1990 (dyed cotton, edition of 5). | Estimate $700,000-$1,000,000. Sold for $2,050,000 (including fees)   NEARLY THREE DECADES AGO, David Hammons hoisted his newly created red, black, and green “African-American Flag” (1990) above Museum Overholland. He was participating in “Black USA,” a group show organized by Christiaan Braun, director...
May Contemporary Auctions Feature 4 Works by Henry Taylor, 2 'Couch' Paintings Far Exceed Expectations

May Contemporary Auctions Feature 4 Works by Henry Taylor, 2 ‘Couch’ Paintings Far Exceed Expectations

Sotheby’s New York Contemporary Art Day Auction, May 19, 2017 – Lot 416: HENRY TAYLOR, “Miss Kelley,” 2010 (acrylic on canvas). | Estimate $50,000-$70,000. Sold for $231,250 (including fees)   THIS MONTH, FOUR PAINTINGS by Henry Taylor were auctioned at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York. As recognition of Taylor increases—his work is displayed prominently...
Henry Taylor's Portrait of Black Panther Bobby Hutton is a Record Setter

Henry Taylor’s Portrait of Black Panther Bobby Hutton is a Record Setter

Lot 75: HENRY TAYLOR, “‘The Young, the Brave, Bobby Hutton’ R.I.P. Oakland, California,” 2007 (acrylic, charcoal and graphite on canvas). Estimate $35,000-$45,000. Sold for $235,500 (including fees)   IN MARCH, TWO PAINTINGS by Henry Taylor set artist records at auction. A couple of weeks after Henry Taylor‘s 2011 painting “Terri Philips” sold for $182,078 (including...
Basquiat's Moment: Record-Shattering $110.5 Million Painting is Most Expensive Ever by an American Artist Sold at Auction

Basquiat’s Moment: Record-Shattering $110.5 Million Painting is Most Expensive Ever by an American Artist Sold at Auction

Lot 24: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (1960-1988), “Untitled,” 1982 (acrylic, spray paint and oilstick on canvas, 72 1/8 x 68 1/8 inches). | Bids began at $57 million. Sold for $110,487,500 (including fees)   THE MOST EXPENSIVE WORK OF ART by an American artist ever sold at auction was painted by a black man. A large-scale canvas...
Nasher Museum Hosting Barkley Hendricks Memorial Celebration, Presenting Special Tribute Exhibition of Artist's Work

Nasher Museum Hosting Barkley Hendricks Memorial Celebration, Presenting Special Tribute Exhibition of Artist’s Work

Barkley Hendricks (1945-2017). | Photo by Duke University, Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery   THE NASHER MUSEUM OF ART at Duke University is celebrating the life and work of Barley L. Hendricks (1945-2017) today. The extended museum and campus community, along with the family, friends, and fans of Hendricks are gathering at the museum to pay...
Sotheby's Posthumous Sale of 3 Paintings by Barkley L. Hendricks Yields Artist Record

Sotheby’s Posthumous Sale of 3 Paintings by Barkley L. Hendricks Yields Artist Record

Lot 187: BARKLEY L. HENDRICKS, “Yocks,” 1975 (acrylic on canvas). | Estimate $300,000-$400,000. Sold for $942,500 (including fees)   WEARING A SHINY GREEN LEATHER COAT with wide, white fur lapels, the “Boston-based brother” who appears in a triple portrait by Barkley L. Hendricks (1945-2017) was among the subjects for which the artist “felt one pose...
May 18: Art Museum Day Raises Awareness of Cultural and Community Contributions

May 18: Art Museum Day Raises Awareness of Cultural and Community Contributions

Installation view of Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” at GWU Museum and The Textile Museum. | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine   MUSEUMS ARE BEING CELEBRATED around the world with an emphasis on the critical role the institutions play in civil society. On May 18, hundreds of museums are observing Art Museum...
5 Works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby are For Sale at This Week's New York Art Auctions. Will They Surpass $3.1 Million Artist Record?

5 Works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby are For Sale at This Week’s New York Art Auctions. Will They Surpass $3.1 Million Artist Record?

Christie’s New York, May 17, 2017 – Lot 64B: NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY, “I Refuse to be Invisible,” 2010 (ink, charcoal, acrylic and transfers on paper, 117 3/4 x 82 inches). | Estimate $1.5 million-$2 million. Sold for $2,647,500 (including fees)   THIS EVENING, A MAJOR PAINTING by Njideka Akunyili Crosby is going on the auction...