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Howardena Pindell is Now Represented by Victoria Miro Gallery

Howardena Pindell is Now Represented by Victoria Miro Gallery

VICTORIA MIRO has announced its representation of Howardena Pindell. The UK-based gallery is working with the New York artist in collaboration with her longtime rep Garth Greenan Gallery of New York. Pindell’s first exhibition with Victoria Miro is planned for June 2019. Focusing primarily on abstraction and conceptualism, Pindell engages with personal, political and social...
Shonda Rhimes Has Two Hughie Lee-Smith Paintings in the Study of Her L.A. Home

Shonda Rhimes Has Two Hughie Lee-Smith Paintings in the Study of Her L.A. Home

In her home study, Shonda Rhimes talks about Hughie Lee-Smith’s 1988 painting “Counterpoise.”   ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST publishes photos of spectacular, light-filled homes. The magazine’s latest feature focuses on the Los Angeles residence of Shonda Rhimes, an Italianate villa she recently renovated where paintings by Hughie Lee-Smith (1915-1999) hang in the study and living room. “His...
Culture Type: The Year in Black Art 2018

Culture Type: The Year in Black Art 2018

IN MANY WAYS, 2018 was a watershed year for black artists. Overdue recognition of art by African American artists and black artists from throughout the world, continued to grow among collectors, curators, critics, scholars, and gallery owners. There were many indicators of the ever-expanding institutional and market interest. European attention on African American artists rose....
Culture Type Picks: 18 Best Black Art Books of 2018

Culture Type Picks: 18 Best Black Art Books of 2018

The best illustrated black art books of 2018. | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine   THE INCREASED INTEREST among some museums in mounting exhibitions featuring the work of African American artists has translated into a growing number of catalogs published to document them, which is wonderful. Many of those catalogs made Culture Type’s 2018 list...
Washington's Government-Funded Museums are Closed in the Wake of Shutdown, Barring Visitors from Exhibitions of Dawoud Bey, Mark Bradford, Gordon Parks, and Others

Washington’s Government-Funded Museums are Closed in the Wake of Shutdown, Barring Visitors from Exhibitions of Dawoud Bey, Mark Bradford, Gordon Parks, and Others

Gordon Parks, Mrs. Ella Watson, Washington, D.C., July 1942   “DUE TO THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, all Smithsonian museums are closed.” The message is featured in a banner across the top of all of the institution’s websites. A similar message is posted on the doors of the museums, which closed to the public on Tuesday. The...
Next: 28 Art Curators to Watch Who Took on New Appointments in 2018

Next: 28 Art Curators to Watch Who Took on New Appointments in 2018

  A SELECT GROUP OF BLACK CURATORS is making significant contributions to the museum field—collaborating with artists, organizing important exhibitions, shaping collections and programming, and taking advantage of opportunities to lend their expertise beyond their institutions. Their representation is growing, slowly, but their presence and achievements remain rare. On the American museum front, among curators,...
Culture Talk: Collector Pamela Joyner on Why She Joined the Getty's Board and Her Strategy for Reframing the Art History Canon

Culture Talk: Collector Pamela Joyner on Why She Joined the Getty’s Board and Her Strategy for Reframing the Art History Canon

Collector and Philanthropist Pamela J. Joyner   THE J. PAUL GETTY TRUST announced the addition of Pamela J. Joyner to its board of trustees in February 2017. The influential philanthropist and art collector accepted the opportunity for one reason. She was intrigued by the possibilities of an ambitious idea the Getty Research Institute (GRI) was...
Culture Talk: Andrew Perchuk on How the Getty Research Institute's African American Art History Initiative Came Together

Culture Talk: Andrew Perchuk on How the Getty Research Institute’s African American Art History Initiative Came Together

Artist Betye Saar, 1970   THE J. PAUL GETTY TRUST dedicated resources to “recover the historical record of art in Southern California” in 2002. Nearly a decade later, the endeavor led to Pacific Standard Time, a region-wide collaboration with more than 60 institutions that resulted in a sweeping series of exhibitions, programs and publications exploring...
VMFA Announces 250 Acquisitions, Adding Hale Woodruff's 'The Banjo Player,' a Nick Cave Soundsuit, and KKK Mannequins by Paul Rucker to its Collection. But Where are the Women Artists?

VMFA Announces 250 Acquisitions, Adding Hale Woodruff’s ‘The Banjo Player,’ a Nick Cave Soundsuit, and KKK Mannequins by Paul Rucker to its Collection. But Where are the Women Artists?

Installation view (partial) of “Storm in a Time of Shelter” (2018) by Paul Rucker. | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine   ENCOUNTERING 52 MANNEQUINS outfitted in Ku Klux Klan-style hoods and robes is unsettling, to say the least, even when the racist get-ups are made from brightly colored and patterned fabrics, including kente cloth and...
Pittsburgh Artist Vanessa German Wins $200,000 Don Tyson Prize

Pittsburgh Artist Vanessa German Wins $200,000 Don Tyson Prize

Artist Vanessa L. German   THE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM of American Art announced the 2018 Don Tyson Prize has been awarded to visual and performance artist Vanessa L. German. The $200,000 biannual prize recognizes an individual artist or organization for exceptional achievement in American art. German was selected for “pushing boundaries and taking risks in...
Latest News in African American Art: Crenshaw Getting Outdoor Museum, Sotheby's Supports Black Film Exhibition, Shirley Chisholm Monument & More

Latest News in African American Art: Crenshaw Getting Outdoor Museum, Sotheby’s Supports Black Film Exhibition, Shirley Chisholm Monument & More

Rendering for Destination Crenshaw The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture: NEWS The initial renderings have been released for Destination Crenshaw, a public art experience envisioned as a celebration of black Los Angeles. Perkins + Will is designing the...
Julie Mehretu Will Be the Subject of a Major Traveling Retrospective in 2019

Julie Mehretu Will Be the Subject of a Major Traveling Retrospective in 2019

  THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) and Whitney Museum of American Art are co-organizing the first-ever comprehensive retrospective of Julie Mehretu. The traveling mid-career survey will feature more than 60 works, about 30 large-scale paintings and 32 works on paper (drawings and prints) dating from 1996 to the present. The exhibition is...
Brazilian Artist Dalton Paula is Now Represented by Alexander and Bonin in New York City

Brazilian Artist Dalton Paula is Now Represented by Alexander and Bonin in New York City

Portraits of slave resistance leaders Zeferina and João de Deus Nascimento by Dalton Paula.   ALEXANDER AND BONIN has added Brazilian artist Dalton Paula to its roster. Working across painting, photography, and installation, his practice explores the exigencies of the Black Atlantic and knowledge production throughout the African diaspora. His work is often realized in...
Betye Saar, 92, is Taking Steps to Secure Her Legacy While Forging Ahead with New Artwork and Exhibitions

Betye Saar, 92, is Taking Steps to Secure Her Legacy While Forging Ahead with New Artwork and Exhibitions

Installation view of “Betye Saar: Something Blue,” Roberts Projects, Los Angeles   THE SMITHSONIAN’S ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART interviewed Robert Colescott about his life and work in 1999. Paul Karlstrom, who spent his entire three-decade career at the archives as West Coast regional director, conducted the oral history interview with the artist. Toward the end...