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Culture Type Gift Guide 2021: Celebrate the Holidays with Fabulous Finds Inspired by Leading Black Artists

Culture Type Gift Guide 2021: Celebrate the Holidays with Fabulous Finds Inspired by Leading Black Artists

  THE EVER-PRESENT FLORAL PATTERNS in the background of Kehinde Wiley’s famous portraits inspired a set of notecards. A deck of playing cards features artwork by Gee’s Bend, Ala., quilt artists. Rashid Johnson’s Untitled Escape Collage is emblazoned on a hoodie. From apparel and accessories to stationery and home goods,...
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On View: See Images From 'Oliver Lee Jackson: Vibrato' Exhibition at Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco

On View: See Images From ‘Oliver Lee Jackson: Vibrato’ Exhibition at Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco

Installation view of “Oliver Lee Jackson: Vibrato”   A SURVEY OF WORKS by Oliver Lee Jackson (born 1935) is on view at Rena Bransten Gallery. “Vibrato” features mixed-media paintings, prints, and sculpture dating from the 1980s and 2009 to 2021. Infused with spirit and emotion, Jackson’s powerful abstract pictures are worlds unto themselves. Color functions...
Latest News in Black Art: Estate of Thornton Dial and Kevin Beasley Join New Galleries, Julie Mehretu and Kehinde Wiley Collaborate with American Express, Smithsonian Launches Searchable Museum & More

Latest News in Black Art: Estate of Thornton Dial and Kevin Beasley Join New Galleries, Julie Mehretu and Kehinde Wiley Collaborate with American Express, Smithsonian Launches Searchable Museum & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   THORNTON DIAL, “History Refused to Die,” 2004 (okra stalks and roots, clothing, collages drawings, tin, wire, steel, Masonite, steel chain, enamel, and spray paint, 102 x 87 x 23 inches). | © Estate of Thornton...
'Black Girl Magic' Murals by Brazilian Artist Criola Present Powerful Vision of Femininity

‘Black Girl Magic’ Murals by Brazilian Artist Criola Present Powerful Vision of Femininity

Installation view of “Black Girl Magic” (2021) by Criola   DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS is infused with public art, including a powerful portrait of a Black Brazilian woman rendered against a graphic, patterned backdrop. Towering high above 7th Street at Stewart Avenue, “Black Girl Magic” is a pair of murals recently installed by Taina Lima, the...
Yale's Beinecke Library Acquired 200+ Prints by Legendary Photographer Gordon Parks

Yale’s Beinecke Library Acquired 200+ Prints by Legendary Photographer Gordon Parks

  AN IMPORTANT REPOSITORY of images, books, and materials documenting African American history and culture, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University announced the addition of more than 200 photographs by Gordon Parks to its collection. The prints were acquired directly from The Gordon Parks Foundation and include selections from 11 of...
At Glenstone Museum, Glenn Ligon's Neon 'Warm Broad Glow' is Welcome Beacon

At Glenstone Museum, Glenn Ligon’s Neon ‘Warm Broad Glow’ is Welcome Beacon

  ‘GLENN LIGON: AMERICA’ opened in 2011 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, then located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Before entering the museum, visitors to Glenn Ligon‘s mid-career retrospective were greeted by “Warm Broad Glow II” (2011), installed in the front window, facing Madison Avenue. Lighting up the wealthy, overwhelmingly white New York...
Latest News in Black Art: Curator Essence Harden Joins CAAM, New Curatorial Hires at Brooklyn Museum, Arthur Jafa Guest Edited i-D Magazine, Michael C. Thorpe and Jammie Holmes Gain New Gallery Representation

Latest News in Black Art: Curator Essence Harden Joins CAAM, New Curatorial Hires at Brooklyn Museum, Arthur Jafa Guest Edited i-D Magazine, Michael C. Thorpe and Jammie Holmes Gain New Gallery Representation

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   From left, Curators Kimberli Gant and Stephanie Sparling Williams. | Courtesy Brooklyn Museum   Appointments The Brooklyn Museum announced two new curatorial appointments. Stephanie Sparling Williams is joining the museum as the Andrew W. Mellon...
Jamillah James Appointed Senior Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: As a Student 'Visiting the MCA Helped Me Realize the Possibilities of Curating and of Museums'

Jamillah James Appointed Senior Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: As a Student ‘Visiting the MCA Helped Me Realize the Possibilities of Curating and of Museums’

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO announced new leadership appointments to its curatorial team today. Jamillah James was named Manilow Senior Curator. MCA Chicago described her new role as leading the visual arts department and serving as a “driving force” in curatorial programming. She joins the museum from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los...
Latest News in Black Art: Torkwase Dyson and Dominic Chambers Joined New Galleries, Alma Thomas House for Sale in Washington, D.C. & More

Latest News in Black Art: Torkwase Dyson and Dominic Chambers Joined New Galleries, Alma Thomas House for Sale in Washington, D.C. & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Artist Torkwase Dyson in her New York studio. | Photo by Weston Wells   Representation Torkwase Dyson joined Gray, the Chicago-based gallery. Dyson’s practice spans painting, drawing, installation, and sculpture. Her abstract works explore how...
Princeton Professor Imani Perry is Selling 'Welfare Queen' by Amy Sherald: 'It Was the First Significant Piece of Art I Ever Owned'

Princeton Professor Imani Perry is Selling ‘Welfare Queen’ by Amy Sherald: ‘It Was the First Significant Piece of Art I Ever Owned’

  AN AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES PROFESSOR, Imani Perry is selling a portrait by Amy Sherald, that depicts a Black woman looking regal, poised, and dignified. The subject is wearing a jeweled crown, pearl necklace, and an elegant, navy blue gown with white opera-length gloves and a violet sash á la a beauty queen. Her red...
Latest News in Black Art: Jesse R. Erickson Named Head of Printed Books & Bindings at Morgan Library & Museum, Anonymous Was a Woman Grants, Queer|Art Awards & More

Latest News in Black Art: Jesse R. Erickson Named Head of Printed Books & Bindings at Morgan Library & Museum, Anonymous Was a Woman Grants, Queer|Art Awards & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Appointments The Morgan Library & Museum in New York appointed Jesse R. Erickson to the position of Astor Curator and Department Head, Printed Books and Bindings. He officially starts in January. At the University of...
Legacy of Influential Artist Charles White Honored With New Scholarship at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles

Legacy of Influential Artist Charles White Honored With New Scholarship at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles

  A NEW CHARLES WHITE Art and Design Scholarship at the Otis Art College of Art and Design in Los Angeles provides students from underrepresented groups with full scholarships for four years. The scholarship honors the legacy and influence of Charles White, a master draftsman recognized for his powerful, realist images of Black people that...
Auction Results: Reggie Burrows Hodges Makes Meteoric Debut in London, Paintings by 3 Young Black Artists Set New Records, Plus Chris Ofili's 'Triple Beam Dreamer' Sold

Auction Results: Reggie Burrows Hodges Makes Meteoric Debut in London, Paintings by 3 Young Black Artists Set New Records, Plus Chris Ofili’s ‘Triple Beam Dreamer’ Sold

  THREE YOUNG BLACK ARTISTS set new auction records at the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Phillips London. Rocketing far beyond their estimates, paintings by Jadé Fadojutimi, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, and Serge Attukwei Clottey, sold for about 10 times expectations set by the auction house. Marking his auction debut, a figurative painting by...
On View: See Images From 'June Edmonds: Full Spectrum,' a 40-Year Survey at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles

On View: See Images From ‘June Edmonds: Full Spectrum,’ a 40-Year Survey at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles

“For Maria: Lost Cienega” (2021) by June Edmonds   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   TRACING HER JOURNEY from figuration to abstraction, “Full Spectrum” at Laband Art Gallery surveys the practice of June Edmonds over the past 40 years. Edmonds was born in Los Angeles, where she continues to live and work. Over...
Latest News in Black Art: Roxane Gay Named Board President at Performance Space, Alexis Assam Joins Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as Assistant Curator, Emma Amos Catalog Wins Gold Medal & More

Latest News in Black Art: Roxane Gay Named Board President at Performance Space, Alexis Assam Joins Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as Assistant Curator, Emma Amos Catalog Wins Gold Medal & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Author and Art Collector Roxane Gay is the new board president at Performance Space New York. | Photo by Reggie Cunningham   Appointments BESTSELLING AUTHOR and art collector Roxane Gay is the new president of...
New Website Launched in Anticipation of Artist Simone Leigh's Representation of United States at 56th Venice Biennale in 2022

New Website Launched in Anticipation of Artist Simone Leigh’s Representation of United States at 56th Venice Biennale in 2022

  A NEW WEBSITE provides a preview of Simone Leigh‘s forthcoming exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2022. Leigh is the first Black female artist to represent the United States with a solo show in the U.S. Pavilion at the international exhibition. Commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston in cooperation with the...
On View: See Images From 'In a Time of Panthers: The Lost Negatives' Featuring Photographs by Jeffrey Henson Scales From Late 1960s at Claire Oliver Gallery in Harlem

On View: See Images From ‘In a Time of Panthers: The Lost Negatives’ Featuring Photographs by Jeffrey Henson Scales From Late 1960s at Claire Oliver Gallery in Harlem

Black Panther Party Chairman Bobby Seale (1968) by Jeffrey Henson Scales   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   FOUNDED 55 YEARS AGO, the legacy of the Black Panther Party is being explored and celebrated this fall with art and images often taking center stage. A bronze bust of Huey P. Newton by Dana...