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Sotheby's Contemporary Sales in New York Yielded Records for Kevin Beasley, McArthur Binion, Michael Ray Charles, Charles Gaines, Rashid Johnson, and Alma Thomas

Sotheby’s Contemporary Sales in New York Yielded Records for Kevin Beasley, McArthur Binion, Michael Ray Charles, Charles Gaines, Rashid Johnson, and Alma Thomas

  SOTHEBY’S ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK that it was being acquired by French-Israeli telecommunications billionaire Patrick Drahi in a $3.7 billion deal. The purchase would take the publicly traded auction house private, again, after 31 years on the New York Stock Exchange. (Other major auction houses are privately held, including Christie’s,...
Culture Talk: Curator Julie Crooks on Art Gallery of Ontario's Acquisition of 3,500 Historic Caribbean Photographs

Culture Talk: Curator Julie Crooks on Art Gallery of Ontario’s Acquisition of 3,500 Historic Caribbean Photographs

  A NEW ACQUISITION has enriched both the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the communities it serves. Presented with the opportunity to help the Toronto museum acquire more than 3,500 historic photographs, members of the local black and Caribbean communities stepped up, helping to raise $300,000. The largesse of...
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Veteran Museum Director Spencer Crew is Serving as Interim Head of Smithsonian African American Museum

Veteran Museum Director Spencer Crew is Serving as Interim Head of Smithsonian African American Museum

  THE SMITHSONIAN’S black history museum has been entrusted to Spencer R. Crew, a curator, scholar, and veteran museum director. In the wake of Lonnie Bunch’s appointment as secretary of the entire Smithsonian Institution, the founding director of the National Museum of African America History and Culture (NMAAHC) tapped Crew, 60, as his temporary replacement....
Los Angeles-based Textile Artist Diedrick Brackens is Now Represented by Jack Shainman Gallery

Los Angeles-based Textile Artist Diedrick Brackens is Now Represented by Jack Shainman Gallery

  NEW GALLERY REPRESENTATION for up-and-coming artists often follows a succession of critical recognition—high-profile awards, acquisitions, and exhibitions. Diedrick Brackens has achieved all of that and then some over the past year. The Los Angeles-based textile artist was invited to participate in the Made in L.A. biennial at the Hammer Museum last summer, won the...
Works by 21 Artists are Featured in 'Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,' a New Documentary About the Acclaimed Author

Works by 21 Artists are Featured in ‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,’ a New Documentary About the Acclaimed Author

  THE POSTER PROMOTING a new documentary about Toni Morrison gives an indication of what’s to come in the film. A collage portrait by artist Mickalene Thomas depicts the Nobel Prize-winning author against a vivid fuchsia background. An animated version of the portrait opens the film and additional works by artists Rashid Johnson, Jacob Lawrence,...
Courtney J. Martin Appointed Director of Yale Center for British Art, an Opportunity the Yale Alum Called 'Too Good to Pass Up'

Courtney J. Martin Appointed Director of Yale Center for British Art, an Opportunity the Yale Alum Called ‘Too Good to Pass Up’

  FOR THE FIRST TIME in 17 years, the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), will have a change in leadership. Courtney J. Martin, deputy director and chief curator of the Dia Art Foundation and Yale alum, has been named the next director of YCBA. Yale University President Peter Salovey announced the appointment in April...
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Adds Finance Figures Mellody Hobson and Robbie Robinson to Trustee Board

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Adds Finance Figures Mellody Hobson and Robbie Robinson to Trustee Board

  THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA), which is developing a new $650 million building, announced three appointments to its board of trustees—Colleen Bell, Melody Hobson, and Robbie Robinson. Two of the new members, Hobson and Robinson, are formidable figures in Chicago’s finance and investment world. Bell, a media executive and former U.S....
Next Week, the First U.S. Solo Museum Show of Turner Prize-Winning British Artist Lubaina Himid Opens in New York City

Next Week, the First U.S. Solo Museum Show of Turner Prize-Winning British Artist Lubaina Himid Opens in New York City

  THE NEW MUSEUM is presenting the first-ever U.S. solo museum show of British artist Lubaina Himid next week. The 2017 Turner Prize-winner, who describes herself as a painter and a social activist, is debuting an all-new body of work at the New York City museum. Opening June 26, “Lubain Himid: Work from Underneath” features...
On View: 'Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers' at Somerset House, London

On View: ‘Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers’ at Somerset House, London

Installation view of “Get Up, Stand Up Now.” Shown, From left, Works by Yinka Shonibare and Sanford Biggers (in background). | Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Somerset House   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions A STUNNING ARRAY of works by more than 100 artists from Britain, the United States, and beyond, is on view at...
Celebrating DC Pride, Brendan Fernandes Turns Smithsonian Atrium Into a Space for Dance, Resistance, and Resiliance

Celebrating DC Pride, Brendan Fernandes Turns Smithsonian Atrium Into a Space for Dance, Resistance, and Resiliance

  THE LIGHT-FILLED ATRIUM at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) was transformed into a dance floor on Sunday. Artist and choreographer Brendan Fernandes staged “Free Fall 49” (2017), a piece he developed in response to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. On June 12, 2016, a lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded...
Chakshu Patel Appointed to Top Fundraising Post at Studio Museum in Harlem

Chakshu Patel Appointed to Top Fundraising Post at Studio Museum in Harlem

THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM named Chakshu Patel director of institutional advancement today. She is charged with developing a fundraising strategy to support the ambitious mission and vision of the museum, which recently celebrated 50 years by embarking on a new building project. Patel will begin her new position June 17. “I am excited to...
Portrait of 'Imara in Her Winter Coat' Earns Top Prize in UK Competition, 12 Portraits Depicting Black Subjects are Recognized

Portrait of ‘Imara in Her Winter Coat’ Earns Top Prize in UK Competition, 12 Portraits Depicting Black Subjects are Recognized

  A STRIKING PORTRAIT of a black woman was awarded first prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London. “Imara in Her Winter Coat” by Charlie Schaffer won the BP Portrait Award 2019. The winning portrait and 43 other top entries will be on view in an exhibition that opens June 13 at the National...
United Talent Agency Taps Arthur Lewis to Lead UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space

United Talent Agency Taps Arthur Lewis to Lead UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space

UNITED TALENT AGENCY announced today that Arthur Lewis will lead the fine arts arm of the Los Angeles-based talent and entertainment firm. Lewis will serve as creative director of UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space, advising visual artists represented by the agency and overseeing exhibitions, programming and partnerships through its Beverly Hills presentation and...
Leonardo Drew in New York: The Brooklyn-Based Artist Installed His First Public Art Project in Madison Square Park and is Showing New Works at Galerie Lelong

Leonardo Drew in New York: The Brooklyn-Based Artist Installed His First Public Art Project in Madison Square Park and is Showing New Works at Galerie Lelong

Artist Leonardo Drew in his Brooklyn studio.   WORKING IN HIS UNIQUE STUDIO SPACE in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, artist Leonardo Drew simultaneously produced work for two projects. He fabricated “City in the Grass,” which features a trio of towers rising from an abstracted cityscape grounded by a massive surface resembling a topographically patterned carpet. His...
Studio Museum in Harlem Artists-in-Residence Exhibition Opens at MoMA PS1

Studio Museum in Harlem Artists-in-Residence Exhibition Opens at MoMA PS1

From left, Artists Sable Elyse Smith, Allison Janae Hamilton, and Tschabalala Self   THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM Artists-in-Residence exhibition opened Sunday at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. Titled “MOOD,” the exhibition features 2018-19 artists Allison Janae Hamilton, Tschabalala Self, and Sable Elyse Smith. Here is how the museum describes the show: MOOD explores...
Photograph From Kitchen Table Series by Carrie Mae Weems Sets New Artist Record at Phillips Auction

Photograph From Kitchen Table Series by Carrie Mae Weems Sets New Artist Record at Phillips Auction

  A PHOTOGRAPH from Kitchen Table Series, the seminal body of work Carrie Mae Weems created in 1990, set a new artist record today. “Untitled (man smoking) from Kitchen Table Series” sold for $70,000 (including fees). The price was about twice the estimate of $25,000-$35,000. The record was set May 7 during “Artist | Icon...