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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...
Collection Highlights: Museum of Modern Art's 2015-16 Acquisitions Include More than 50 Works by African American Artists

Collection Highlights: Museum of Modern Art’s 2015-16 Acquisitions Include More than 50 Works by African American Artists

KARA WALKER, “40 Acres of Mules,” 2015   THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART’S collection boasts dozens of new additions by African American artists. Over the past two years the museum has acquired paintings by Mark Bradford, Kerry James Marshall, Chris Ofili, and Faith Ringgold; drawings by Palmer Hayden, Adrian Piper, and Kara Walker; sculptures by...
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...
The New Yorker: Cover by Kadir Nelson Celebrates Schomburg Center in Harlem

The New Yorker: Cover by Kadir Nelson Celebrates Schomburg Center in Harlem

  RECREATING SIGNATURE IMAGES from African American artists Aaron Douglas and William H. Johnson, the latest edition of The New Yorker pays tribute to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Feb. 22 cover by Los Angeles-based illustrator Kadir Nelson is an ensemble image featuring Harlem’s towering figures of the arts and letters,...
American Masters: 7 Exhibitions Feature Important 20th Century Artists Who Broke Barriers

American Masters: 7 Exhibitions Feature Important 20th Century Artists Who Broke Barriers

JACOB LAWRENCE COMPLETED “The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture,” his first series of historic narrative paintings in 1938. It was the same year Talladega College commissioned Hale Woodruff to paint a series of murals depicting the Amistad uprising. Both projects document pivotal moments in black diasporic history and demonstrate the immense talent of important 20th century...
5 Candid Comments: Deborah Grant on Navigating the Art World

5 Candid Comments: Deborah Grant on Navigating the Art World

DEBORAH GRANT GIVES A GOOD INTERVIEW. She is candid and forthcoming about her journey as an artist as well as her views of the art world’s racial fault lines. Born in Toronto, she lives and works in New York, where her exhibition, “Christ You Know it Ain’t Easy,” was on view earlier this year at...
Art Agenda | May 18-24, 2014

Art Agenda | May 18-24, 2014

MUST-SEE EXHIBITION openings and interesting talks and appearances happening this week in black art: May 19, 2014 @ 7 p.m. Conversations on Art: Dawoud Bey at Whitney Museum | New York Images from Dawoud Bey‘s “The Birmingham Project” (shown above) are on view at the Whitney Biennial. Marking the 50th anniversary of 16th Street Baptist...
Billboards to Advertise Museum Art this Summer

Billboards to Advertise Museum Art this Summer

THIS SUMMER, BILLBOARDS boasting images by artists Glenn Ligon, Jacob Lawrence or Kerry James Marshall may give your road trip an unexpected dose of culture. Across the nation, the huge elevated outdoor billboards that usually advertise soft drinks, automobiles and the latest reality show, will be “marketing” art selected from museums across the United States....
Culture Talk: Swann's Nigel Freeman on Early African American Art

Culture Talk: Swann’s Nigel Freeman on Early African American Art

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ART MARKET experienced a sea change seven years ago when Swann Auction Galleries began dedicating sales to African American fine art. Few auction records existed for African American artists at the time. Most sales were handled privately by galleries and dealers, making values hard to discern because prices were not disclosed to...
1946 Life Magazine Offers Platform for 12 'Negro' Artists

1946 Life Magazine Offers Platform for 12 ‘Negro’ Artists

NUDE FROM THE WAIST UP, Eldzier Cortor‘s vision of Black female beauty made quite a statement in 1946 when it was showcased in Life magazine. While other Black artists, preoccupied with racial uplift, generally portrayed Black women in morally unambiguous circumstances, Cortor embraced the natural beauty and power of their bodies. In his view, dignity...