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Artist Jade Fadojutimi has joined mega-gallery Gagosian. | Photo by Anamarija Ami Podrebarac


British artist Jadé Fadojutimi, 29, is now represented by Gagosian, the mega-gallery with 19 gallery spaces spread from the United States to Europe and Asia. In her large-scale abstract paintings, Fadojutimi “orchestrates color, space, line, and movement in the service of fluid emotion and the quest for self-knowledge.” A solo exhibition of Fadojutimi opens Sept. 16 at The Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire, UK. In October, Gagosian will dedicate its Frieze London booth to a series of new works by the artist. The representation news comes one week after Pippy Houldsworth Gallery announced the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired and is displaying “Hope” (2021), a painting featured in the artist’s first U.S. solo museum exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2021-22). Fadojutimi, who lives and works in London, is no longer with Pippy Houldsworth, but continues to be co-represented by Galerie Gisela Capitain in Cologne, Germany, and Taka Ishii in Tokyo, Japan, in collaboration with Gagosian. | More

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London announced its representation of artist Dindga McCannon on June 8. McCannon established her artistic identity during the Civil Rights Movement and the onset of the feminist arts movement, concerns that remain central to her practice. A multidisciplinary artist, McCannon was a co-founder in 1971 of the New York collective Where We Art Black Women Artists. Today she lives and works in Philadelphia, where she expresses herself in a variety of mediums, from paintings and prints to quilts and sculpture. “Empress Akweke,” a 1975 painting by McCannon is featured in “Afro-Atlantic Histories” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Her first European solo exhibition opens at Pippy Houldsworth on Oct. 11, coinciding with a presentation of her work in the gallery’s booth at Frieze London. Pippy Houldsworth is co-representing McCannon with Fridman Gallery, her existing gallery in New York. More


DINDGA MCCANNON, “Dancers #4,” 2020 (oil on canvas, 101.6 x 101.6 cm / 40 x 40 inches). | © Dindga McCannon, Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery


The Backstreet Cultural Museum in New Orleans reopened on Saturday at a new site blocks away from the original location in the city’s Treme neighborhood, which was damaged by Hurricane Ida last August. The museum celebrates New Orleans’ African American parading culture. | Associated Press

Also in New Orleans, “Bélizaire and the Frey Children” (circa 1837), a painting attributed to French artist Jacques Guillame Lucein Amans, was recently restored to reveal Bélizaire, a 15-year-old enslaved boy, had been painted over. Now the work displaying its original image is on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (July 1-Oct. 2, 2022). | More


Denise Murrell will serve in the newly created position of curator at large at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. | Photo courtesy The Met


In New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art Trustee Merryl H. Tisch and her husband, James S. Tisch endowed a newly created curator at large position at the museum. Their gift “will enable The Met to significantly advance an interdepartmental curatorial practice that works collaboratively across curatorial departments to bring broader, more inclusive perspectives to our exhibitions, collections, and programming,” Met Director Max Hollein said in a statement. Denise Murrell, who has been serving as associate curator of 19th- and 20th-century art at the Met since 2020, will inaugurate the curator-at-large role. Murell organized “Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today” (2018-19) at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery; authored the accompanying exhibition catalog; and co-curated a version of the show at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France. | More

Born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa, Foreman Bandama joined the Field Museum in Chicago last August. In his role as assistant curator of African anthropology, he is updating the museum’s Africa Exhibit to tell a more comprehensive and accurate story of Africa and its many nations and people. | PBS Chicago Affiliate – WTTW


For his posthumous “Figures of Speech” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Virgil Abloh (1980-2021) designed special uniforms for the museum guards: t-shirts and Off White x Nike Air Force 1s in neon green. | GQ

Artist Nina Chanel Abney launched a new Jordan collection of apparel and sneakers in collaboration with Nike on July 8. | More


EXHIBITIONS | CBS Sunday Morning visits “Afro-Atlantic Histories” at the National Gallery of Art and talks with curator Kanitra Fletcher and artist Dindga McCannon about the landmark exhibition. | Video by CBS News


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