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Body Prints by David Hammons Headline New York Auctions at Christie's and Swann

Body Prints by David Hammons Headline New York Auctions at Christie’s and Swann

  A post shared by CHRISTIE'S (@christiesinc) on Feb 26, 2017 at 11:46am PST   SITUATED BETWEEN “Love in the Night,” by Yayoi Kusama and John Baldessari’s “Exulting Figure (With Coins) and Witness,” a masterful body print by David Hammons is on display at Christie’s New York at Rockefeller Center....
'I Am Not Your Negro' Laces James Baldwin's Prescient Words with Potent Images Including Segregation-Era Photographs by Gordon Parks

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Laces James Baldwin’s Prescient Words with Potent Images Including Segregation-Era Photographs by Gordon Parks

James Baldwin in “I Am Not Your Negro.” | Photo by Dan Budnick   THERE IS TRUE ARTISTRY in “I Am Not Your Negro.” Inspired by the writings and profound insights of James Baldwin (1924-1987), Raoul Peck’s seminal film manages to synthesize more than 50 years of America’s woeful racism...
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Pamela Joyner, Influential Collector of African American Art, Joins Board of J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles

Pamela Joyner, Influential Collector of African American Art, Joins Board of J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles

Embed from Getty Images   THE J. PAUL GETTY TRUST announced today the addition of influential art collector Pamela J. Joyner to its board of trustees. A financial industry veteran, Joyner is the founder of Avid Partners, LLC. Currently, she has turned her focus to philanthropy and an increasingly pivotal role in the arts. Joyner’s...
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...
Public Arts Organization Creative Time Appoints London-based Elvira Dyangani Ose Senior Curator

Public Arts Organization Creative Time Appoints London-based Elvira Dyangani Ose Senior Curator

London-based Elvira Dyangani Ose is joining Creative Time. | Photo by Hendrik Zeitler , Courtesy Creative Time   CREATIVE TIME, THE PUBLIC ARTS ORGANIZATION that commissioned Kara Walker’s monumental, sugar-coated sphinx/mammy sculpture in Brooklyn and Nick Cave’s choreographed parade of colorful “horses” through Grand Central Station, announced two appointments today—a new hire and a promotion....
Vilcek Prize Winner Nari Ward to Recreate 'We the People' Installation at New-York Historical Society on President's Day

Vilcek Prize Winner Nari Ward to Recreate ‘We the People’ Installation at New-York Historical Society on President’s Day

“We the People” at Barnes Foundation, 2016   SIX YEARS AGO, artist Nari Ward created a textile installation composed of nearly 1,000 shoe laces spelling out “We the People.” The work of art is particularly relevant today. The divisive political climate in the United States has awakened Americans anew to the values of democracy, importance...
Nasher Launches Website Previewing Nina Chanel Abney's First-Ever Solo Museum Exhibition

Nasher Launches Website Previewing Nina Chanel Abney’s First-Ever Solo Museum Exhibition

  EMERGING FROM HER SUCCESSFUL THESIS SHOW with the sole painting she presented selling to prominent Miami collectors, Nina Chanel Abney (b. 1982) has never looked back since earning her MFA from Parsons in New York. The aforementioned painting, “Class of 2007,” helped her secure gallery representation and appeared in “30 Americans,” the traveling group...
Virginia Museum Acquires 'Three Folk Musicians' by Romare Bearden, an 'Iconic' Collage Long Held in a Private Collection

Virginia Museum Acquires ‘Three Folk Musicians’ by Romare Bearden, an ‘Iconic’ Collage Long Held in a Private Collection

  FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS, “Three Folk Musicians” by Romare Bearden (1911-1988) has appeared in major exhibitions of the artist’s work hosted by the nation’s top-tier museums. One of his most renowned and recognizable individual works, the 1967 collage painting was presented in the Museum of Modern Art’s 1971 exhibition “Romare Bearden: The Prevalence of...
2017 Venice Biennale List Includes African American Artists Sam Gilliam, Senga Nengudi, and McArthur Binion

2017 Venice Biennale List Includes African American Artists Sam Gilliam, Senga Nengudi, and McArthur Binion

Chicago-based McArthur Binion is among the artists invited to participate in the 57th Venice Biennial.   HOW TIME FLIES. It certainly doesn’t seem like two years has elapsed since Nigerian-born Okwui Enwezor’s historic turn as artistic director of the Venice Biennale and “All the World’s Futures” featured more than 35 black artists, including Glenn Ligon...
Monumental Sculptures by Simone Leigh, Charles Gaines May Perch Above High Line

Monumental Sculptures by Simone Leigh, Charles Gaines May Perch Above High Line

  SYMBOLIZING THE BLACK BODY, Simone Leigh‘s black ceramic busts embellished with textured glaze or countless tiny roses are a sight to see. Imagine a monumental version of one of her sculptures installed on the High Line, rising so high it is visible from the street below. It’s a possibility that might materialize next year....
1:54 African Art Fair is Returning to New York, 3rd Edition Features 9 New Galleries

1:54 African Art Fair is Returning to New York, 3rd Edition Features 9 New Galleries

Installation view, 1:54 New York 2016 © Katrina Sorrentino   WHAT BEGAN AS A POP-UP is turning into an annual event. After its debut in 2015, and return in 2016, the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is staging its third edition in New York. This year, the fair is May 5-7 at Pioneer Works in...
College Art Association Honoring Ruth Fine for Norman Lewis Catalog: 'I Wanted it to Visually be Compelling and Comprehensible'

College Art Association Honoring Ruth Fine for Norman Lewis Catalog: ‘I Wanted it to Visually be Compelling and Comprehensible’

Curator Ruth Fine previews Norman Lewis exhibition at PAFA – Nov. 12, 2015 | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine   THE COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION (CAA) announced recipients of its 2017 Awards for Distinction and art historian Ruth Fine is among the honorees. Fine organized “Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis,” the first major museum retrospective...
Norton Museum is Showing Off Recent Additions to its Collection by African American Contemporary Artists

Norton Museum is Showing Off Recent Additions to its Collection by African American Contemporary Artists

The new acquisitions exhibition features Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s 2016 painting “Super Blue Omo.”   THE NORTON MUSEUM OF ART is celebrating Black History Month by mounting an exhibition of recent acquisitions by black contemporary artists. “Spotlight: Recent Acquisitions” features eight works—recently executed paintings by Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Mickalene Thomas, photographs and a sculpture by...
John Akomfrah Wins Artes Mundi, UK's Top Prize for International Contemporary Art

John Akomfrah Wins Artes Mundi, UK’s Top Prize for International Contemporary Art

    AFTER MAKING A SHORT LIST of six artists from around the world vying for the UK’s top prize for international contemporary artists, John Akomfrah has won the Artes Mundi 7. Exploring the historic arc of migration, Akomfrah’s work is particularly pertinent given the migration issues and refugee crisis—and surrounding humanitarian concerns and political...