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Paris 2024: Alison Saar's Olympic Installation Offers Welcoming Place to Sit and Reflect in Garden of Champs-Elysées

Paris 2024: Alison Saar’s Olympic Installation Offers Welcoming Place to Sit and Reflect in Garden of Champs-Elysées

“Salon” (2024), a bronze installation by Alison Saar, was inaugurated on June 23, 2024, in the public garden of the Champs-Elysées in Paris, France. | Photo by Fred Mauviel, Courtesy City of Paris   THE PARIS OLYMPICS open next week and there is great anticipation and rampant speculation about how...
Audrey Hudson is Joining Philadelphia Museum of Art as Deputy Director of Learning and Engagement: 'I Am Pumped By the Opportunity'

Audrey Hudson is Joining Philadelphia Museum of Art as Deputy Director of Learning and Engagement: ‘I Am Pumped By the Opportunity’

THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART (PMA) is welcoming Audrey Hudson as the Kathleen C. Sherrerd Deputy Director for Learning and Engagement, a leadership role at the museum. Hudson brings a range of experience across academia, art education, museum learning, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) practices. She is joining...
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Latest News in Black Art: San Francisco Gets Thomas J. Price Sculpture, Art by Charles Gaines and Nina Chanel Abney at JFK Airport, New CEO at Muhammad Ali Center

Latest News in Black Art: San Francisco Gets Thomas J. Price Sculpture, Art by Charles Gaines and Nina Chanel Abney at JFK Airport, New CEO at Muhammad Ali Center

Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   THOMAS PRICE, Installation view of “As Sounds Turn to Noise,” 2023 (bronze, 110 3/8 inches high x 47 1/2 inches wide x 32 3/4 inches deep). | Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth, Photo: San Francisco...
SCAD Museum of Art Named Andreia Wardlaw Director of Walter and Linda Evans Center for African American Studies

SCAD Museum of Art Named Andreia Wardlaw Director of Walter and Linda Evans Center for African American Studies

THE SCAD MUSEUM OF ART (SCAD MOA) at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Georgia appointed Andreia Wardlaw director of the Walter and Linda Evans Center for African American Studies. The July 10 announcement described Wardlaw as “an experienced leader and community builder who is passionate about education and the arts.” She...
On View: 'Will Stovall: Kant Crisis' at Ulrik Gallery in New York, Artist's First-Ever Solo Exhibition is Inspired by German Philosophy

On View: ‘Will Stovall: Kant Crisis’ at Ulrik Gallery in New York, Artist’s First-Ever Solo Exhibition is Inspired by German Philosophy

WILL STOVALL, “Circus,” 2022 (oil on canvas, walnut frame, 15 1/4 x 26 3/4 inches / 38.7 x 67.9 cm). | © Will Stovall, Courtesy the artist and Ulrik   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   FOR HIS FIRST-EVER solo exhibition, Will Stovall is presenting a series of intimately scaled paintings inspired by...
Latest News in Black Art: New Director for Georgetown University Art Galleries, 'Giants' Exhibition Traveling to High Museum, Kenturah Davis Lands Baltimore Museum of Art Residency  & More

Latest News in Black Art: New Director for Georgetown University Art Galleries, ‘Giants’ Exhibition Traveling to High Museum, Kenturah Davis Lands Baltimore Museum of Art Residency & More

Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Jaynelle Hazard. | Courtesy Georgetown Galleries   APPOINTMENTS Georgetown University Art Galleries Welcome New Director In Washington, D.C., Georgetown University’s College of Art & Sciences recruited Jaynelle Hazard (above) to helm its art galleries. Hazard was appointed...
In Memoriam: Artists, Curators, and Friends Remember Faith Ringgold as a 'Great Artist,' 'Fearless Activist,' and 'Blessing to All of Us'

In Memoriam: Artists, Curators, and Friends Remember Faith Ringgold as a ‘Great Artist,’ ‘Fearless Activist,’ and ‘Blessing to All of Us’

An Evening with Faith Ringgold: Serpentine Galleries hosted a conversation with the artist, conducted by Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist at Conway Hall in London (June 6, 2019). | Photo © Talie Rose Eigeland   AN EXTRAORDINARY ARTIST known for her political paintings and story quilts, Faith Ringgold, (1930-2024) lived a long and productive life....
2024 Wheelwright Prize: Thandi Loewenson Wins Harvard University's $100,000 Architectural Research Fellowship

2024 Wheelwright Prize: Thandi Loewenson Wins Harvard University’s $100,000 Architectural Research Fellowship

AN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER AND RESEARCHER, Thandi Loewenson (b. 1989) wants to learn more about the connections between land and African liberation and dig deeper to understand how the racist exploits of colonialism have influenced not only dispossession and redistribution of surface terrain, but also bear on resources below ground and high up in the atmosphere....
On View: 'Sylvia Snowden: Painting Humanity' Features Abstracted Portraits Thick With Paint and Rich With Color at UK's Hepworth Wakefield

On View: ‘Sylvia Snowden: Painting Humanity’ Features Abstracted Portraits Thick With Paint and Rich With Color at UK’s Hepworth Wakefield

SYLVIA SNOWDEN, “Beverly Johnson,” 1978 (acrylic and oil pastel on Masonite, 121.9 x 243.8 cm). | © Sylvia Snowden. Courtesy Edel Assanti and Franklin Parrasch Gallery. Photo by Andy Keate   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   WASHINGTON, D.C. ARTIST Sylvia Snowden (b. 1942) is presenting her first solo institutional exhibition in Europe....
Brendan Fernandes is Now Co-Represented by Galleries in New York and Chicago, Artist Works at Intersection of Dance and Visual Art

Brendan Fernandes is Now Co-Represented by Galleries in New York and Chicago, Artist Works at Intersection of Dance and Visual Art

BRENDAN FERNANDES, “As One X,” 2017 (digital print, 14 x 20 inches), Edition of 3 plus 2 A.P. (BF0010). | © Brendan Fernandes. Courtesy Susan Inglett Gallery, NY, and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago   WORKING AT THE INTERSECTION of dance and visual art, Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979) has developed a singular practice. “For me, dance...
Changing the Face of Democracy: In New York, Major Museum Exhibition and Centennial Tribute Explores Life and Work of Political Trailblazer Shirley Chisholm

Changing the Face of Democracy: In New York, Major Museum Exhibition and Centennial Tribute Explores Life and Work of Political Trailblazer Shirley Chisholm

Installation view of “Changing the Face of Democracy: Shirley Chisholm at 100,” Museum of the City of New York, New York, N.Y. (June 24, 2024-July 20, 2025). | Courtesy MCNY   A POLITICAL TRAILBLAZER and historic Presidential candidate from New York, Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) ‘changed the face of democracy,’ gave a voice to ordinary citizens,...
On View: 'Ranti Bam: Anima' at James Cohan Marks New York Debut of British Nigerian Artist Known for Sculptural Ceramics

On View: ‘Ranti Bam: Anima’ at James Cohan Marks New York Debut of British Nigerian Artist Known for Sculptural Ceramics

Installation view of “Ranti Bam: Anima,” James Cohan Gallery, 291 Grand Street, New York, N.Y. (May 17-July 26, 2024). | Photo by Phoebe Dheurle   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   FOR HER FIRST EXHIBITION in New York, British Nigerian artist Ranti Bam (b. 1982) is presenting two bodies of sculptural ceramics: Abstract...
Latest News in Black Art: Robert Peterson Joins GAVLAK, Nina Chanel Abney x Air Jordan, June Clark Makes Sobey Art Award Shortlist, SFMOMA Acquisitions & More

Latest News in Black Art: Robert Peterson Joins GAVLAK, Nina Chanel Abney x Air Jordan, June Clark Makes Sobey Art Award Shortlist, SFMOMA Acquisitions & More

Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   ROBERT PETERSON, “Gods favorite,” 2023 (oil on canvas, 72 x 96 inches / 182.9 x 243.84 cm). | © Robert Peterson. Permanent collection of Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio. Courtesy the artist and GAVLAK   REPRESENTATION...
'Ronald Moody: Sculpting Life,' First Major Exhibition of Jamaican British Modernist Charts His Place in Art History

‘Ronald Moody: Sculpting Life,’ First Major Exhibition of Jamaican British Modernist Charts His Place in Art History

Ronald Moody working on “Johanaan,” 1963 (shown below). | © Val Wilmer. Photoby Val Wilmer   AN EXPANSIVE LOOK at the work of Ronald Moody (1900-1984) opens this weekend at The Hepworth Wakefield in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK. Moody is one of Britain’s most highly regarded modernist sculptors. He spent time in Paris and was...
Opening Soon: 'Patterns in Abstraction: Black Quilts from the High’s Collection' at High Museum of Art in Atlanta

Opening Soon: ‘Patterns in Abstraction: Black Quilts from the High’s Collection’ at High Museum of Art in Atlanta

LUCY T. PETTWAY, (American, 1921–2004), “Birds in the Air,” 1981 (cotton and cotton-polyester blend). | High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, 2017.70. © Estate of Lucy T. Pettway   Opening Soon previews works from noteworthy, forthcoming exhibitions   DRAWN FROM...
Turner Contemporary is Presenting First European Institutional Exhibition of Ed Clark, Pioneering Abstract Painter with International Profile

Turner Contemporary is Presenting First European Institutional Exhibition of Ed Clark, Pioneering Abstract Painter with International Profile

Installation view of “Ed Clark,” Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent, UK (May 25–Sept. 1 2024). | © Courtesy Turner Contemporary, Photo by Thierry Bal   AN ORIGINAL FIGURE in Post-War Abstraction, Ed Clark (1926-2019) is recognized for his innovation and experimentation. He made paintings distinguished by their energy, drama, and generous strokes of seductive color achieved...
'Ernie Barnes: In Rapture' Surveys Artist's Key Themes, Including Sports, Southern Scenes, and 'Good Times'

‘Ernie Barnes: In Rapture’ Surveys Artist’s Key Themes, Including Sports, Southern Scenes, and ‘Good Times’

ERNIE BARNES, “Evans Family Portrait,” 1974 (acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 inches / 61 x 76.2 cm). | Courtesy the Ernie Barnes Estate, Ortuzar Projects and Andrew Kreps Gallery. © Ernie Barnes   THE FIRST EXHIBITION of Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) at Ortuzar Projects in New York surveys the late artist’s key themes, including the...
Latest News in Black Art: New Gallery Representation for Samuel Fosso, Sydney Cain, and Kennedy Yanko, Walters Art Museum Names Interim Co-Leader, Plus Ibrahim Said Wins $100,000 Craft Prize

Latest News in Black Art: New Gallery Representation for Samuel Fosso, Sydney Cain, and Kennedy Yanko, Walters Art Museum Names Interim Co-Leader, Plus Ibrahim Said Wins $100,000 Craft Prize

Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Ibrahim Said. | Photo by Dhanraj Emanuel, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery   AWARDS & HONORS Maxwell | Hanrahan Awards in Craft Announced Five artists received 2024 Maxwell | Hanrahan Awards in Craft: Cristina Córdova, Ibrahim Said, Nisha...
Imara Limon Promoted to Head Curator at Amsterdam Museum, She Has 'Enriched Our Museum and the Museum Field as a Whole'

Imara Limon Promoted to Head Curator at Amsterdam Museum, She Has ‘Enriched Our Museum and the Museum Field as a Whole’

A NEW CURATORIAL LEADER has emerged at the Amsterdam Museum. Imara Limon was appointed head curator at The Netherlands museum. In the new role, Limon will become a member of the management team. A curator and art historian, Limon joined the Amsterdam Museum as a curator in 2017 and currently serves as head of conservation....
Known for Monumental Abstract Paintings, Julie Mehretu Designed the Latest BMW Art Car: 'To Be Honest I Was Nervous About the Idea of Decorating a Car'

Known for Monumental Abstract Paintings, Julie Mehretu Designed the Latest BMW Art Car: ‘To Be Honest I Was Nervous About the Idea of Decorating a Car’

Julie Mehretu in the BMW Art Car #20, which she designed. | Photo by Tereza Mundilová. © BMW AG (05/2024)   WORKING ON A GRAND SCALE, American artist Julie Mehretu makes abstract paintings distinguished by their kaleidoscopic mark making. The dynamic compositions reference architecture and topography and explore an array of contemporary experiences, human conditions,...
Language of Tears: First New York Solo Show of Painter Jerrell Gibbs Explores Complexity of Fatherhood at James Cohan Gallery

Language of Tears: First New York Solo Show of Painter Jerrell Gibbs Explores Complexity of Fatherhood at James Cohan Gallery

JERRELL GIBBS, “My worst fear is one day that you come home from school and see your father face while hearin’ about tragedy on news,” 2024 (oil, oil stick on canvas, 60 x 95 inches / 152.4 x 241.3 cm). | © Jerrell Gibbs 2024. Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York....
Latest News in Black Art: Alvaro Barrington Unveils Tate Commission, New LGBTQ+ Biennial in Detroit, Oliver Lee Jackson Joined Lisson Gallery, Art School Closure & More

Latest News in Black Art: Alvaro Barrington Unveils Tate Commission, New LGBTQ+ Biennial in Detroit, Oliver Lee Jackson Joined Lisson Gallery, Art School Closure & More

Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Tate Britain Commission – Alvaro Barrington: GRACE. | Photo © Tate, Photo by Seraphina Neville   PUBLIC ART Alvaro Barrington’s Tate Commission Celebrates Black Women In London, Alvaro Barrington (b. 1983) unveiled “Grace,” his new Tate Commission...