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The Studio Museum in Harlem is Sharing its Collection with America, Launching a Touring Exhibition of 100 Artworks in January 2019

The Studio Museum in Harlem is Sharing its Collection with America, Launching a Touring Exhibition of 100 Artworks in January 2019

“Conspicuous Fraud Series #1 (Eminence)” (2001) by Kehinde Wiley   A MAJOR EXHIBITION of more than 100 artwroks by a broad selection by black artists is headed to Seattle, Kalamazoo and Salt Lake City. In January, the American Federation of Arts (AFA) is launching “Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio...
Curators Explain Why British Painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Won the Carnegie International's Top Prize

Curators Explain Why British Painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Won the Carnegie International’s Top Prize

“Amaranthine” (2018) by Lynette Yiadom Boakeye   A SERIES OF ARRESTING PORTRAITS is on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Single and double portraits are exhibited along with a painting of four black males standing together, seemingly in conversation. Lithe figures, all bare-chested wearing only dark pants,...
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Jeffrey C. Stewart Wins National Book Award for Biography of Alain Locke

Jeffrey C. Stewart Wins National Book Award for Biography of Alain Locke

Jeffery C. Stewart accepts National Book Award on Nov. 14   THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION went to Jeffrey C. Stewart for “The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke.” Stewart’s definitive biography explores the public influence and private persona of Alain Locke (1885-1954), the gay intellectual regarded as the dean of the...
New Short Documentary Gives a Voice to the Women Who For Generations Have Been Making Artful Quilts in Gee's Bend, Ala.

New Short Documentary Gives a Voice to the Women Who For Generations Have Been Making Artful Quilts in Gee’s Bend, Ala.

Gee’s Bend Quilter Mary Lee Bendolph   AFTER MAKING A CAPTIVATING documentary about artist and musician Lonnie Holley, Maris Curran has trained her lens on the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Ala. In 2016, Curran delivered a brief but memorable portrait of Birmingham, Ala.-born Holley. “The Man is the Music” documents his work and shares the...
Crushing Decade-Old Auction Record, 'The Businessmen' by Jacob Lawrence Soars to $6.1 Million, Placing Him Among the Most Expensive African American Artists

Crushing Decade-Old Auction Record, ‘The Businessmen’ by Jacob Lawrence Soars to $6.1 Million, Placing Him Among the Most Expensive African American Artists

  BEST KNOWN FOR HIS HISTORY PAINTING, multi-panel series about Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and the Great Migration, among many others, artist Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) has made auction history. “The Businessmen,” a 1947 painting by Lawrence sold for more than $6.1 million (including fees) last night at Sotheby’s New York. The price far exceeded the...
Jack Whitten's 'Ancient Mentor I' Reaches $2.2 Million, Establishing New Auction Record, More Than Twice His Previous High Mark

Jack Whitten’s ‘Ancient Mentor I’ Reaches $2.2 Million, Establishing New Auction Record, More Than Twice His Previous High Mark

Detail of “Ancient Mentor I” (1985) by Jack Whitten   A SPECTACULAR PAINTING by Jack Whitten (1939-2018) established a new artist record yesterday evening. “Ancient Mentor I” (1985) sold for $2,235,000 (including fees) at Sotheby’s New York. The new benchmark shattered Whitten’s previous auction high, which was set by “The Ghost of Joseph Beuys” one...
Nearing $1 Million, Henry Taylor's 'I'll Put a Spell on You' Sets New Artist Record

Nearing $1 Million, Henry Taylor’s ‘I’ll Put a Spell on You’ Sets New Artist Record

  AUCTION PRICES for paintings by Henry Taylor have reached a new realm. This evening, “I’ll Put a Spell on You” (2004) set a new benchmark at Sotheby’s New York. Bids flew past the estimate and the artist’s existing record. Amid the flurry, auctioneer Oliver Barker said “A lot of Henry Taylor collectors here.” After...
Record Breakers? Paintings by Jack Whitten, Sam Gilliam, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Other African American Artists Priced to Set New Auction Highs This Week

Record Breakers? Paintings by Jack Whitten, Sam Gilliam, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Other African American Artists Priced to Set New Auction Highs This Week

Sotheby’s is auctioning “Ancient Mentor I” (1985) by Jack Whitten on Nov. 14 in New York. | Video by Sotheby’s   WORKS BY SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR, expensive, and critically recognized African American artists are featured in this week’s auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips in New York. Several lots will arrive at the...
Art + Practice Co-Founder Eileen Harris Norton Gives Her Art-Filled Home a Refresh

Art + Practice Co-Founder Eileen Harris Norton Gives Her Art-Filled Home a Refresh

Eileen Harris Norton at home with works by Alma Thomas and Kara Walker.   OVER THE FIREPLACE, an Alma Thomas (1891-1978) painting shares the mantel with a small sculpture by Kara Walker. Elsewhere in the home a Kerry James Marshall work hangs adjacent to a Glenn Ligon neon that reads “negro sunshine.” The November issue...
Power 100: Artist Kerry James Marshall Ranked No. 2 Most Influential Person in Contemporary Art World

Power 100: Artist Kerry James Marshall Ranked No. 2 Most Influential Person in Contemporary Art World

THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL person in the contemporary art world is Chicago painter Kerry James Marshall, according to Art Review magazine. The London-based publication issues an annual Power 100 list ranking the most influential figures in the contemporary art world. The list includes artists, curators, critics, collectors, and dealers, among others. Marshall is the top...
Sensational Rise of Artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby Now Includes 'Mega-Gallery' Representation With David Zwirner

Sensational Rise of Artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby Now Includes ‘Mega-Gallery’ Representation With David Zwirner

  DAVID ZWIRNER HAS ADDED Njideka Akunyili Crosby to its roster of more than 75 artists, including Kerry James Marshall, Stan Douglas, Chris Ofili, and the estate of Roy DeCarava. The gallery is representing Akunyili Crosby in New York and Hong Kong. She will continue to work with Victoria Miro in London and Venice. Arguably...
Georgia O'Keeffe Made 5 Portraits of Beauford Delaney, 1 is For Sale at Christie's

Georgia O’Keeffe Made 5 Portraits of Beauford Delaney, 1 is For Sale at Christie’s

  EVENTUALLY HER SUBJECTS WERE flowers, bones, and the New Mexico landscape, the Modern images for which she is best known. But over the course of her career, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) also made a very limited number of portraits. Beauford Delaney (1901-1979) was her most frequent sitter. She made five portraits of the artist—three charcoal...
Artist Lauren Halsey Joined David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles

Artist Lauren Halsey Joined David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles

Lauren Halsey Installation at MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles   DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY announced its representation of artist Lauren Halsey yesterday, describing her as “one of the most important new voices to emerge from Los Angeles.” Earlier this year, Halsey presented a site-specific installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), participated in...
City of Chicago Pulls Kerry James Marshall Painting From Christie's Auction After Public Outcry and Artist's Objection to Sale

City of Chicago Pulls Kerry James Marshall Painting From Christie’s Auction After Public Outcry and Artist’s Objection to Sale

“Knowledge and Wonder” (1995) by Kerry James Marshall.   CHRISTIE’S WON’T BE SELLING “Knowledge and Wonder” by Kerry James Marshall after all. The 1995 site-specific mural was commissioned by the City of Chicago for the Legler Branch Library, where it was on display for more than two decades. On Oct. 1, the auction house announced...
Election 2018: Artists and Museums are Shining a Light on Democracy, Freedom, and the Importance of Voting

Election 2018: Artists and Museums are Shining a Light on Democracy, Freedom, and the Importance of Voting

Trevor Paglen for For Freedoms   NATIONWIDE THE ENERGY AND URGENCY surrounding the midterm elections is translating into record voter turnout. More than 31.5 million early and absentee votes have been been cast thus far. Days remain before Election Day and advanced balloting in 22 states and the District of Columbia has already exceeded total...
Sotheby's Estimates 'The Businessmen,' a 1947 Painting by Jacob Lawrence, Will Sell for More than $1.5 Million

Sotheby’s Estimates ‘The Businessmen,’ a 1947 Painting by Jacob Lawrence, Will Sell for More than $1.5 Million

“The Businessmen” (1947) by Jacob Lawrence   THE WHITE HOUSE ACQUISITION TRUST purchased “The Builders” by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) from Christie’s auction house on May 24, 2007. A few months later, First Lady Laura Bush had already incorporated the 1947 painting into her renovation of the Green Room, a formal sitting room on the State...