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Art on the Backlot: Scenes and Sales From the Inaugural Edition of Frieze Los Angeles

Art on the Backlot: Scenes and Sales From the Inaugural Edition of Frieze Los Angeles

  FRIEZE LANDED IN LOS ANGELES last week and it was a notable moment in the city. Established in 2003 in London, and expanded to New York in 2012, the contemporary art fair recognized a nexus of activity that has existed in Los Angeles for generations and gained institutional and...
Frieze Los Angeles: Karon Davis Installation Reads Fantastical, But It Is About the Very Real Issue of School Violence

Frieze Los Angeles: Karon Davis Installation Reads Fantastical, But It Is About the Very Real Issue of School Violence

Installation view of “Game” (2019) by Karon Davis | Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze   OVER THE WEEKEND, the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles was held at Paramount Pictures Studios on the backlot where the streets and structures have the look and feel of New York...
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Oklahoma City Museum Acquires Kehinde Wiley Portrait Commissioned for Recent St. Louis Exhibition, Subject Proudly Dons 'Ferguson' Cap

Oklahoma City Museum Acquires Kehinde Wiley Portrait Commissioned for Recent St. Louis Exhibition, Subject Proudly Dons ‘Ferguson’ Cap

“Jacob de Graeff” (2018) by Kehinde Wiley   THE LATEST ADDITION to the collection of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is “Jacob de Graeff,” a large-scale portrait by Kehinde Wiley. Brincel Kape’li Wiggins Jr., is the subject of “Jacob de Graeff.” He wears a cap with “Ferguson,” the neighborhood where Michael Brown was killed...
Latest News in African American Art: Mariane Ibrahim Gallery Moving to Chicago, Theaster Gates x Prada, Major Kerry James Marshall Painting in Detroit & More

Latest News in African American Art: Mariane Ibrahim Gallery Moving to Chicago, Theaster Gates x Prada, Major Kerry James Marshall Painting in Detroit & More

“Souvenir II” (1997) by Kerry James Marshall   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related black culture:   Seattle Gallerist Mariane Ibrahim is Headed to Chicago After operating her eponymous gallery in Seattle for seven years, Mariane Ibrahim has decided...
Major Works From the Charles White Archive Make a Rare Appearance in a Selling Exhibition at David Zwirner

Major Works From the Charles White Archive Make a Rare Appearance in a Selling Exhibition at David Zwirner

  EIGHT-FEET-TALL DRAWINGS by Charles White (1918-1979) are on view in the light-filled, second-floor galleries of David Zwirner in New York. The selling exhibition is a rarity. The four drawings are studies for the figures in a Mary McLeod Bethune mural White completed in 1978 for a Los Angeles public library. The drawings are being...
Amoako Boafo's First Exhibition at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles Centers Black Subjectivity

Amoako Boafo’s First Exhibition at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles Centers Black Subjectivity

  “Yellow Turtleneck” (2018) by Amoako Boafo   AFTER MOVING TO VIENNA, Amoako Boafo began a new portrait series. The work grew less out of inspiration and more out of motivation. Boafo found the Austrian capital generally unreceptive to black people and the art scene was just as challenging. The portrait series served as a...
DC Moore Gallery is Showing Jacob Lawrence Series Documenting Life of  Haitian Revolutionary Toussaint L’Ouverture

DC Moore Gallery is Showing Jacob Lawrence Series Documenting Life of Haitian Revolutionary Toussaint L’Ouverture

“Strategy” (1994) by Jacob Lawrence   IN THE HANDS OF Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), images of revolution and rebellion are both “serious,” as the artist described them, and radically imagined. His narrative series depicting the life and leadership of Toussaint L’Ouverture includes a portrait of the Haitian liberator in profile in formal military dress, an intense...
Feb. 13-16: Students and Art Historians Are Gathering in New York City for the College Art Association Conference

Feb. 13-16: Students and Art Historians Are Gathering in New York City for the College Art Association Conference

From left, Howardena Pindell is receiving the 2019 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement and Joyce J. Scott is delivering the CAA conference keynote address.   THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE of the College Art Association (CAA) is happening this week in New York City. Students and art historians are gathering at the New York Hilton Midtown...
Ava DuVernay Guest Edits Time Magazine, Offering Art as an 'Antidote for Our Times'

Ava DuVernay Guest Edits Time Magazine, Offering Art as an ‘Antidote for Our Times’

One of New York City’s “unusual characters.” | Photo by Clay Benskin for Time. Used with permission from the photographer   TIME TAPPED Ava DuVernay to guest edit a special issue devoted to optimism and she delivered a magazine chock full of hope, promise and creativity. The award-winning writer/director/producer elected to explore optimism through the...
Black Art History: 17 Exhibition 'Firsts' Happening This February

Black Art History: 17 Exhibition ‘Firsts’ Happening This February

  BLACK HISTORY MONTH coincides with a number museum and gallery exhibitions marking new milestones for African American artists. On-the-rise talents such as Jordan Casteel, Eric N. Mack, and Amy Sherald are presenting their first major solo museum exhibitions this month. Nari Ward and Kevin Beasley are having their first New York museum shows. Mid-career...
In New Multiyear Partnership, Studio Museum in Harlem Will Present Exhibitions at MoMA and MoMA PS1

In New Multiyear Partnership, Studio Museum in Harlem Will Present Exhibitions at MoMA and MoMA PS1

Thelma Golden is organizing a solo show of painter Michael Armitage at MoMA in fall 2019.   ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s exhibition programming is the annual group show presenting new work by budding artists in its Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program. Each cohort mounts a show at the conclusion of its...
High Museum of Art Awards 2019 David C. Driskell Prize to Scholar Huey Copeland

High Museum of Art Awards 2019 David C. Driskell Prize to Scholar Huey Copeland

THE LATEST RECIPIENT of the David C. Driskell Prize is scholar Huey Copeland. The High Museum of Art in Atlanta announced today the Northwestern University art historian is the winner of the 2019 prize, which includes a $25,000 cash award. Copeland will be honored on April 26 at a celebratory dinner at the museum. Copeland’s...
Backstory: Art Collector Kenneth Montague on Acquiring 'Blood (Donald Formey),' the 1975 Painting by Barkley L. Hendricks

Backstory: Art Collector Kenneth Montague on Acquiring ‘Blood (Donald Formey),’ the 1975 Painting by Barkley L. Hendricks

  “Blood (Donald Formey),” 1975 by Barkley L. Hendricks   “I’m most concerned about Barkley’s legacy now that he’s gone. I want more and more people to understand what all the hoopla’s about. He was a master painter and this is one of his greatest works.” — Collector Kenneth Montague IF YOU VISIT the Brooklyn...
Mellon Foundation Issues Report on Art Museum Diversity, Findings Show Significant Progress for African American Curators

Mellon Foundation Issues Report on Art Museum Diversity, Findings Show Significant Progress for African American Curators

Los Angeles County Museum of Art   HISTORICALLY, THE U.S. MUSEUM FIELD has lacked diversity, with African Americans significantly underrepresented. A 2015 Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation found 84 percent of art museum curators, educators, conservators, and leadership was white. People of color (blacks/African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and those...
A Huge Kara Walker Triptych is on Display in Ari Emanuel's L.A. Home, Works by Mark Bradford and Sam Gilliam Hang Nearby

A Huge Kara Walker Triptych is on Display in Ari Emanuel’s L.A. Home, Works by Mark Bradford and Sam Gilliam Hang Nearby

A 2014 triptych by Kara Walker dominates the living area of Ari Emanuel’s home. A painting by Mark Bradford is on display to the left.   THE ART-FILLED HOME of talent power broker Ari Emanuel is for sale. Emanuel is co-CEO of Endeavor, the talent and entertainment agency, The contemporary-style home in the Mandeville Canyon...
Latest News in African American Art: Rashid Johnson's 'Native Son' Acquired by HBO, David  Hammons Exhibition Planned at Hauser & Wirth L.A. & More

Latest News in African American Art: Rashid Johnson’s ‘Native Son’ Acquired by HBO, David Hammons Exhibition Planned at Hauser & Wirth L.A. & More

Director Rashid Johnson at Sundance   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   Prioritizing Museum Board Diversity The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is launching a three-year, $4 million initiative designed to diversify museum boards and leadership. A...