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Lucas Museum Acquires Robert Colescott's 'George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware' Painting for Record-Smashing $15.3 Million From Sotheby's Auction

Lucas Museum Acquires Robert Colescott’s ‘George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware’ Painting for Record-Smashing $15.3 Million From Sotheby’s Auction

  A PROFOUND AND PROVOCATIVE parody of American history painting by Robert Colescott (1925-2009) was acquired yesterday by the forthcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles. “George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook” (1975) sold for a record-breaking $15.3 million at Sotheby’s Contemporary...
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Latest News in Black Art: Donavon Smallwood Wins Aperture Portfolio Prize, Museums Plan Major Exhibition Exploring Great Migration, Estate of Elizabeth Talford Scott Goes to Goya Contemporary

Latest News in Black Art: Donavon Smallwood Wins Aperture Portfolio Prize, Museums Plan Major Exhibition Exploring Great Migration, Estate of Elizabeth Talford Scott Goes to Goya Contemporary

  Latest News in Black Art features regular news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   DONAVON SMALLWOOD, Untitled, 2020, from the series Languor. | © Devon Smallwood, Courtesy the artist   Awards & Honors New York photographer Donavon Smallwood won the 2021 Aperture Portfolio Prize. 1-54 Contemporary African Art...
E. Carmen Ramos Departs Smithsonian to Join National Gallery of Art as Chief Curatorial and Conservation Officer

E. Carmen Ramos Departs Smithsonian to Join National Gallery of Art as Chief Curatorial and Conservation Officer

THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART (NGA) is adding to its leadership team. E. Carmen Ramos has been named chief curatorial and conservation officer, overseeing all aspects of the museum’s curatorial and conservation departments. She will be the first woman and first person of color to serve in the role. The appointment was announced May 13....
On View: 'Patrick Alston: Let There Be Light' at Ross + Kramer Gallery in New York City

On View: ‘Patrick Alston: Let There Be Light’ at Ross + Kramer Gallery in New York City

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   FOR HIS SOLO EXHIBITION DEBUT, Patrick Alston is presenting a series of abstract paintings made over the past year. “Let There Be Light” at Ross + Kramer Gallery in New York explores color theory, materiality, and mental health. Before he begins painting, Alston works with a...
Latest News in Black Art: Phylicia Rashad Named Dean of Fine Arts at Howard University, Chicago Artist Eugene Wade Has Died, Nanette Carter Joins Berry Campbell

Latest News in Black Art: Phylicia Rashad Named Dean of Fine Arts at Howard University, Chicago Artist Eugene Wade Has Died, Nanette Carter Joins Berry Campbell

  Latest News in Black Art features regular news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Phylicia Rashad has been appointed dean of the newly established College of Fine Arts at Howard University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1970.   Appointments On May 12, Howard...
Phillips Contemporary Evening Auction Opened With Works by Joy Labinjo, Lina Iris Viktor, and Toyin Ojih Odutola, Painting by Tunji Adeniyi-Jones Set New Record

Phillips Contemporary Evening Auction Opened With Works by Joy Labinjo, Lina Iris Viktor, and Toyin Ojih Odutola, Painting by Tunji Adeniyi-Jones Set New Record

  PHILLIPS MOST RECENT 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale was front loaded with works by Black artists—six of the first seven lots. Five of the artists were Black women. An untitled painting by rising artist Joy Labinjo, a charming narrative self-portrait with her mother, was Lot 1, opening the auction. A figurative painting...
Latest News in Black Art: Collective Black Obsidian Sound System (BOSS) Makes Turner Prize Shortlist, New Representation for Artists Lonnie Holley and Nekisha Durrett

Latest News in Black Art: Collective Black Obsidian Sound System (BOSS) Makes Turner Prize Shortlist, New Representation for Artists Lonnie Holley and Nekisha Durrett

  Latest News in Black Art features regular updates of news and developments in the world of art and related culture   Atlanta-based artist and musician Lonnie Holley is now represented by Blum & Poe. | Photo lonnieholley.com   Representation Artist and musician, Lonnie Holley has joined Blum & Poe gallery, which has locations in...
Maryland Park to be Renamed for Artist and Historian David C. Driskell Previously Restricted to 'Caucasian Inhabitants Only'

Maryland Park to be Renamed for Artist and Historian David C. Driskell Previously Restricted to ‘Caucasian Inhabitants Only’

Magruder Park sign is removed in anticipation of a new one honoring David C. Driskell. | Photo: City of Hyattsville   WILLIAM PINKNEY MAGRUDER PARK in Hyattsville, Md., will be renamed for artist and curator David C. Driskell (1931-2020). The renowned historian of African American art was a longtime resident of Hyattsville. The park was...
Museums From Miami to Milwaukee are Recognizing Artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Her Deeply Personal, Poetic Work

Museums From Miami to Milwaukee are Recognizing Artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Her Deeply Personal, Poetic Work

  NASHVILLE, TENN.-BASED, Cuban-born artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons makes deeply personal and poetic work. A key figure in post-revolutionary Cuban art, she has received international attention over the past three decades. Currently, her unique practice is being celebrated with a prestigious prize from the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); acquisitions at the Institute of Contemporary...
Latest News in Black Art: Sherrill Roland Repped by Tanya Bonakdar, New Hires at Toledo and Harvard Museums, Vision & Justice at Frieze NY, David Hammons Hudson River Installation Complete & More

Latest News in Black Art: Sherrill Roland Repped by Tanya Bonakdar, New Hires at Toledo and Harvard Museums, Vision & Justice at Frieze NY, David Hammons Hudson River Installation Complete & More

  A snapshot of the latest news in Black visual art and related culture News In South Africa, a major wild fire claimed invaluable archives at the University of Cape Town Libraries, including first-edition books, manuscripts, photographs, and primary sources documenting African history, and destroyed the institution’s film collection, one of the largest in the...
United Talent Agency Announced its Representation of Titus Kaphar, Painter is Adding Filmmaker Title to Expanding and Impressive Portfolio

United Talent Agency Announced its Representation of Titus Kaphar, Painter is Adding Filmmaker Title to Expanding and Impressive Portfolio

TITUS KAPHAR IS GETTING INTO THE FILM BUSINESS. United Talent Agency (UTA) announced its representation of Titus Kaphar today. The agency will work with the artist on a variety of projects across film, television, publishing, podcasts, and other potential platforms. Kaphar is starting a new production company called Revolution Ready that already has films in...
Artist Michelangelo Lovelace Sr., Who Documented the Challenges of Life in Urban Cleveland, Has Died at Age 60

Artist Michelangelo Lovelace Sr., Who Documented the Challenges of Life in Urban Cleveland, Has Died at Age 60

  SHINING A LIGHT on his Cleveland community and its myriad social and economic challenges, artist Michelangelo Lovelace Sr. (1960-2021), addressed issues of racial injustice, crime, poverty, and unemployment in his work. Lovelace also documented people coming together—for parties, parades, or political rallies—and infused his pictures with wisdom and positive messages. The work reflected what...
National Gallery of Art Acquires Textile Work By Christopher Myers Memorializing Victims of Police Murder

National Gallery of Art Acquires Textile Work By Christopher Myers Memorializing Victims of Police Murder

  A GATHERING OF NINE silhouetted figures in a medley of autumn tones against a backdrop of patterned fabrics forms a compelling composition. It’s a striking assembly with a sobering message. “What Does It Mean to Matter (Community Autopsy)” (2019) by Christopher Myers memorializes the lives of Black people killed by police (and in police...
Bisa Butler Quilt Illustrates May/June Cover of Essence Magazine Dedicated to 'Year That Changed the World'

Bisa Butler Quilt Illustrates May/June Cover of Essence Magazine Dedicated to ‘Year That Changed the World’

  A ONE-OF-A-KIND QUILT by Bisa Butler graces the cover of the forthcoming Essence magazine. The specially commissioned quilt illustrates the magazine’s May/June 2021 edition. Dedicated to “The Year that Changed the World,” the issue looks back at the past year, which brought political unrest, police brutality, economic inequality, and a global pandemic. Butler is...
Culture Talk: Long-Serving Museum Trustee Denise Gardner on Her Historic Election as Next Board Chair of Art Institute of Chicago

Culture Talk: Long-Serving Museum Trustee Denise Gardner on Her Historic Election as Next Board Chair of Art Institute of Chicago

  THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO announced last week that Denise Gardner was elected chairperson of the Art Institute of Chicago Board of Trustees. She will be the first woman and first African American to chair the board, which serves as the governing body of both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)...
Daisy Desrosiers Appointed Director of Gund Gallery at Kenyon College in Ohio

Daisy Desrosiers Appointed Director of Gund Gallery at Kenyon College in Ohio

GUND GALLERY at Kenyon College named Daisy Desrosiers director and chief curator. Located in Gambier, Ohio, the gallery serves Kenyon students and the broader public. Desrosiers will develop exhibitions and public programming and manage the institution’s contemporary art collection. Desrosiers is currently director of artist programs at the Lunder Institute for American Art at the...
Trailblazing New York Gallerist Paula Cooper Indicates Succession Plan, Including Two New African American Partners

Trailblazing New York Gallerist Paula Cooper Indicates Succession Plan, Including Two New African American Partners

  A PIONEERING PRESENCE in the New York gallery scene, Paula Cooper founded her eponymous gallery in 1968. A half century later she’s formed a partnership “ensuring continuity for years to come.” Cooper named four new partners, led by her son Lucas Cooper. The team also includes Steve Henry, Anthony Allen, and Alexis Johnson. Cooper,...