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On View: 'El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale' at Haus de Kunst Museum, Munich

On View: ‘El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale’ at Haus de Kunst Museum, Munich

“In the World But Don’t Know the World” (2019) by El Anatsui   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, El Anatsui has invented and perfected a unique medium. With discarded bottle caps he creates grand sculptural works that read as painted textiles. “Triumphant”...
Okwui Enwezor Has Died at Age 55, the Visionary Curator Broadened the Geographic Scope of the Contemporary Art World

Okwui Enwezor Has Died at Age 55, the Visionary Curator Broadened the Geographic Scope of the Contemporary Art World

Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019). | Photo: Venice Biennale   A LEADING LIGHT in the art world has dimmed. Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019), the internationally renowned curator and critic who served as artistic director of the 56th Venice Biennale, died March 15 in Munich after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 55....
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PAFA Receives Gift of 78 Artworks From Constance E. Clayton, Many by Artists with Ties to Philadelphia

PAFA Receives Gift of 78 Artworks From Constance E. Clayton, Many by Artists with Ties to Philadelphia

  PAINTINGS BY BEAUFORD DELANEY, Edward Bannister, Lois Mailou Jones, and Laura Wheeler Waring have been added to the collection of the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. The works are part of a major gift from Constance E. Clayton, an arts advocate and former superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia....
In the Wake of His Passing, Fellow Curators Pay Tribute to Okwui Enwezor with Outpouring of Remembrances and Respect

In the Wake of His Passing, Fellow Curators Pay Tribute to Okwui Enwezor with Outpouring of Remembrances and Respect

Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019)   THE RANKS OF BLACK CURATORS in the art world, while expanding, are relatively thin. Nearly every one has a connection to Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019), whether they were close with him or worked with him, or only of knew him and his work. Enwezor, the renowned curator and critic, died March 15....
'Loophole of Retreat': Simone Leigh's Hugo Boss Prize Exhibition Opens at the Guggenheim April 19

‘Loophole of Retreat’: Simone Leigh’s Hugo Boss Prize Exhibition Opens at the Guggenheim April 19

  AFTER WINNING the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize in October, Simone Leigh is presenting an exhibition of new work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Featuring a suite of sculptures and a sound installation, the show opens April 12. The Hugo Boss Prize has been awarded to 12 artists since 1996....
Recently On View: 'Glimmers Through Dark Matter' - Greg Breda and Myra Greene at Patron Gallery, New York City

Recently On View: ‘Glimmers Through Dark Matter’ – Greg Breda and Myra Greene at Patron Gallery, New York City

Installation view of “Glimmers Through Dark Matter: Greg Breda and Myra Greene”   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   PATRON GALLERY RECENTLY ORGANIZED a two-artist show in New York City. Featuring Greg Breda and Myra Greene, “Glimmers Through Dark Matter” was the first in a series of programs called PATRON | Projects—short-run exhibitions,...
Auction Debut: 'Lilith,' a Mixed-Media Figurative Painting, by Tschabalala Self Sells for Twice its Estimate at Phillips London

Auction Debut: ‘Lilith,’ a Mixed-Media Figurative Painting, by Tschabalala Self Sells for Twice its Estimate at Phillips London

  PHILLIPS OPENED its latest contemporary evening auction in London with a mixed-media painting by Tschabalala Self. According to Phillips, “Lilith” (2015) is the first artwork by the artist to come to auction. The figurative work sold for £125,000 ($163,875 including fees), which was more than twice the estimate. The lot was sold at Phillips...
Ursula Magazine: Hauser & Wirth Introduced a New Art Quarterly Featuring Linda Goode Bryant, Lorna Simpson, Amy Sherald, Senga Nengudi, and Jack Whitten

Ursula Magazine: Hauser & Wirth Introduced a New Art Quarterly Featuring Linda Goode Bryant, Lorna Simpson, Amy Sherald, Senga Nengudi, and Jack Whitten

  THE INAUGURAL ISSUE of Ursula magazine begins and ends with depictions of African American women by black female artists. The cover features a collage image of Linda Goode Bryant by Lorna Simpson. A painting by Amy Sherald illustrates the back cover the magazine. Bryant is the pioneering founder of Just Above Midtown (JAM), the...
With William L. Hawkins Exhibition Underway, Columbus Museum Announces Survey Featuring Tuskegee Photographers and New Acquisitions

With William L. Hawkins Exhibition Underway, Columbus Museum Announces Survey Featuring Tuskegee Photographers and New Acquisitions

  THE COLUMBUS MUSEUM in Columbus, Ga., focuses on art and history, and one of its current exhibitions, “William L. Hawkins: An Imaginative Geography,” explores aspects of both. William L. Hawkins (1895-1990) was a self-taught artist who lived in Columbus, Ohio. Born in Kentucky, he moved to the Midwest city when he was 21. Best...
Latest News in African American Art: Lauren Halsey, Kapwani Kiwanga, and Christina Quarles Win Artist Awards & More

Latest News in African American Art: Lauren Halsey, Kapwani Kiwanga, and Christina Quarles Win Artist Awards & More

The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related black culture: Christina Quarles Named Inaugural Pérez Prize Recipient The Pérez Art Museum Miami announced Los Angeles-based artist Christina Quarles is the recipient of the first annual Perez Prize. Funded by The Jorge...
The Armory Show: A Mini Survey of Faith Ringgold's Legendary Practice is on Display at ACA Galleries

The Armory Show: A Mini Survey of Faith Ringgold’s Legendary Practice is on Display at ACA Galleries

“Black Light Series #11: US America Black” (1969) by Faith Ringgold   ACA GALLERIES is showing for the first time at The Armory Show and the storied dealer has dedicated its entire booth to Faith Ringgold. There are three paintings from her Black Light Series (1967-69) on display, graphic political prints from the early 1970s,...
2019 Venice Biennale Artist List is Out, Selection Includes Njideka Akunyili Crosby,  Arthur Jafa, Kahlil Joseph, Julie Mehretu, Zanele Muholi, and Henry Taylor

2019 Venice Biennale Artist List is Out, Selection Includes Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Arthur Jafa, Kahlil Joseph, Julie Mehretu, Zanele Muholi, and Henry Taylor

  AN INTERNATIONAL SLATE of 79 artists has been selected to participate in the main exhibition at the 58th Venice Biennale. This year’s edition of the international exhibition is titled “May You Live in Interesting Times” and is curated by Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London. The 2019 Venice Biennale is May...
Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi Appointed Curator in Painting and Sculpture Department at Museum of Modern Art

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi Appointed Curator in Painting and Sculpture Department at Museum of Modern Art

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MoMA) has hired Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi. He is joining the New York City museum as the first Steven and Lisa Tananbaum Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture. Nzewi will be involved with all aspects of the department’s planning, programming, and scholarship, including acquisitions, developing exhibitions and catalogs, and...
On View: 'Derrick Adams: Interior Life' at Luxembourg & Dayan, New York City

On View: ‘Derrick Adams: Interior Life’ at Luxembourg & Dayan, New York City

“Derrick Adams: Interior Life” at Luxembourg & Dayan, NYC   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   FOR HIS LATEST EXHIBITION, New York-based artist Derrick Adams is displaying new works on paper in a series of imagined interior environments at Luxembourg & Dayan. The gallery is housed in a tiny townhouse on the Upper...
Public Editor: Alexandra Bell Highlights Bias in the News and Rewrites Racist Headlines

Public Editor: Alexandra Bell Highlights Bias in the News and Rewrites Racist Headlines

Installation view of “A Teenager With Promise (Annotated)” (2017)   AT THE END OF FEBRUARY, the Whitney Museum of American Art announced 75 artists selected to participate in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Among them is Alexandra Bell, an artist with a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Rather than using her journalism degree to...
Koyo Kouoh Named Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town

Koyo Kouoh Named Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town

  THE LARGEST CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM in Africa has hired a new leader. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) announced the appointment of Koyo Kouoh, who will serve as executive director and chief curator of the Cape Town, South Africa, museum. An international curator and cultural producer, Kouoh brings two decades of...