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Artist Torkwase Dyson in her New York studio. | Photo by Weston Wells


Torkwase Dyson joined Gray, the Chicago-based gallery. Dyson’s practice spans painting, drawing, installation, and sculpture. Her abstract works explore how Black and brown people navigate and negotiate space and systems. She “distills and examines the crosscurrents of ecology, architecture, and infrastructure to envision new modes of environmental and spacial liberation.” Gray is showing Dyson’s work at Art Basel Miami Beach next month and will present her first solo exhibition with the gallery at Gray Warehouse in Chicago in fall 2023. The site-specific project will develop from her research into the history of Chicago’s waterways. Gray is co-representing the artist with Pace. Dyson works in Beacon, N.Y.

Lehmann Maupin announced its representation of Dominic Chambers. The artist’s figurative paintings “simultaneously engage historical models, such as color-field painting and gestural abstraction, and contemporary concerns around race, identity, and the necessity for leisure and reflection.” Lehmann Maupin is based in New York and operates spaces in London, Hong Kong, and Seoul and also has a presence in mainland China. In May, the gallery presented Chambers’s work for the first time at Frieze New York and will also feature the artist at Art Basel Miami Beach next month. His first solo exhibition with Lehmann Maupin will be on view in February 2022 in New York. Chambers is based in New Haven, Conn., and is also represented by Roberts Projects in Los Angeles and Luce Gallery in Turin, Italy.


Artist Dominic Chambers in his New Haven, Conn., studio. | Photo by Daniel Kukla


Artists Lisa Corinne Davis and Carrie Moyer have been appointed co-directors of the MFA Studio Art program at Hunter College in New York. Davis earned an MFA from Hunter and has been on faculty at her alma mater since 2002. Moyer has been a member of the faculty since 2011.

Awards & Honors

Aperture announced winners of its 2021 PhotoBook Awards, including Sasha Phyars-Burgess who received the First PhotoBook Award, for her Untitled book from Capricious Publishing in New York. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Trinidadian parents, Phyars-Burgess is based in Bethlehem, Pa. Her work explores “her heritage and its complicated history through photography. Her images are by turns gentle and meditative, expressive and energetically vibrant.” The shortlisted and winning titles are featured in The PhotoBook Review published in the Winter 2021 issue of Aperture magazine, and are currently on view at Paris Photo. In January, the books will be shown at Printed Matter in New York.

London-based Apollo magazine announced winners of its 2021 awards in several categories including exhibition, acquisition, and book of the year. Kehinde Wiley was named Artist of the Year.

Art Fairs

Following the in-person event earlier this month (Nov. 4-7), the Art x Lagos art fair continues online through Nov. 21.

NADA Miami and TD Bank announced Ebony L. Haynes is organizing Curated Spotlight, a new section at the New Art Dealers Alliance art fair in Miami, Fla. (Dec. 1-4). Eight galleries are presenting solo exhibition. A curator and gallerist, Haynes is a director at David Zwirner where she recently opened a new space. Her inaugural exhibition at 55 Walker features artist Kandis Williams.


In Washington, D.C., artist Alma Thomas lived at 1530 15th Street NW, for more than 70 years. | Photo via TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

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The house where artist Alma Thomas (1891-1978) lived for more than 70 years is on the market again. The Washington, D.C., home was for sale last year and sold for $2 million. Built in 1875, the red brick Italianate residence located in the Logan Circle neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful” is currently on view nearby at the Phillips Collection. The home was central to her artistic practice. Thomas set up her studio in the kitchen and fluttering leaves on the tress outside her windows and the colorful patterns in the flowerbeds in her yard regularly inspired her abstract paintings. The property is now listed for $2.3 million with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.


Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Summer Session at Skowhegan in Maine. The nine-week residency program for emerging artists begins June 11. Read about anticipated changes due to COVID-19. Application fees increase as final deadline approaches. Applications open Nov. 15, 2021-Jan. 10, 2022. | More Info

The Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco is accepting proposals for the 2022-2023 Emerging Artists Program (EAP). Local emerging and mid-career visual artists and collectives are invited to submit proposals for a solo exhibition that reflects “the cultural and artistic richness of the African Diaspora.” Four artists/collectives will be selected for the opportunity to present an exhibition at the museum. Application deadline is Dec. 15, 2021. | More Info


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