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NXTHVN: Applications Now Open for 2023-2024 Curatorial and Studio Fellowships

NXTHVN: Applications Now Open for 2023-2024 Curatorial and Studio Fellowships

  Up to seven artists and two curators will be selected to participate in a paid 10-month, mentorship-driven program in New Haven, Conn.   NXTHVN’S ANNUAL OPEN CALL for Studio and Curatorial Fellows is open now through Feb. 27, 2023. Founded by Titus Kaphar and Jason Price in 2018, NXTHVN was designed with a core...
5 New Books Focus on Artists Ming Smith, Wangechi Mutu, Romare Bearden, Caribbean Art, and Found Photos of Black Life

5 New Books Focus on Artists Ming Smith, Wangechi Mutu, Romare Bearden, Caribbean Art, and Found Photos of Black Life

  FIVE NEWLY PUBLISHED illustrated art books celebrate an intergenerational slate of Black artists. The volumes include the first monograph of Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu and books dedicated to the work of Ming Smith and Romare Bearden. A collection of found photographs and contemporary Caribbean art are also explored:   “Wangechi Mutu (Phaidon Contemporary Artists...
Gov. Gavin Newsom Appointed Dedicated LA Arts Patron Joy Simmons to California African American Museum Board of Directors

Gov. Gavin Newsom Appointed Dedicated LA Arts Patron Joy Simmons to California African American Museum Board of Directors

  A LONGSTANDING PATRON OF THE ARTS, Dr. Virginia Joy Simmons, has joined the State Board of Directors at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles. Chartered by the State of California in 1977, CAAM is a state-funded museum. Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Simmons to the non-compensated position on Dec. 22, 2022. “Simmons...
Art Therapist Muna El Fituri Sold Her 1920s Castle-Style LA Residence to Artists Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka for $10.3 Million

Art Therapist Muna El Fituri Sold Her 1920s Castle-Style LA Residence to Artists Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka for $10.3 Million

  PERCHED HIGH ABOVE THE CITY, a grand Mediterranean villa in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz has changed hands, selling artist to artist, for nearly $10.3 million. The buyers are married LA artists Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka, and the seller is Muna El Fituri. The transaction was first reported by the real...
Birmingham Museum of Art Names Chantal Drake Deputy Director

Birmingham Museum of Art Names Chantal Drake Deputy Director

THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART (BMA) announced Chantal Drake is joining the Alabama museum as James Milton and Sallie R. Johnson Deputy Director. The appointment is a homecoming of sorts. A native of Huntsville, Ala., Drake’s interest in museums was first sparked when she visited the Birmingham Museum of Art as a young girl and...
Shrouds and Spirit Catchers: Woven Paintings by Alonzo Davis are Layered with Personal Meaning and Cultural Symbolism

Shrouds and Spirit Catchers: Woven Paintings by Alonzo Davis are Layered with Personal Meaning and Cultural Symbolism

  ALONZO DAVIS, King’s Peace Cloth, 1985 (acrylic on woven canvas, 56 x 56 inches). | © Alonzo Davis, Courtesy Alonzo Davis and parrasch heijnen   ‘Alonzo Davis: The Blanket Series’ is on view at Parrasch Heijnen gallery in Los Angeles. The artist spoke about the series during oral history interviews with UCLA   REV....
Family Man: South African Artist Pola Maneli Remembers Civil Rights Icon Martin Luther King Jr., as Father Figure

Family Man: South African Artist Pola Maneli Remembers Civil Rights Icon Martin Luther King Jr., as Father Figure

  FOR HIS FIRST COVER of The New Yorker, South African artist Pola Maneli made a portrait of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He remembers the civil rights leader as a family man, depicting him seated and surrounded by his four young children—Yolanda, Martin III, Dexter, and Bernice. Maneli delivers a lovely portrait of the...
International Center of Photography Infinity Awards Go to Ming Smith for Lifetime Achievement and Rising Artist Zora J Murff

International Center of Photography Infinity Awards Go to Ming Smith for Lifetime Achievement and Rising Artist Zora J Murff

  PAYING TRIBUTE TO outstanding achievements in photography and visual culture, the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York announced its 2023 Infinity Awards. Ming Smith and Zora J Murff are among five recipients of the annual honors. For her career-spanning accomplishments, recognizing the arc of her practice and five decades of creativity, Smith...
Artist Henry Taylor Covers Frieze Magazine: 'I Became the Observer Because I Was Trying to Understand My Own Life, That’s Why I Started Making Pictures as a Kid'

Artist Henry Taylor Covers Frieze Magazine: ‘I Became the Observer Because I Was Trying to Understand My Own Life, That’s Why I Started Making Pictures as a Kid’

  THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY issue of Frieze features a cover profile of Henry Taylor authored by Terence Trouillot, a senior editor of the contemporary art magazine. The writer first met Taylor, hung out with the artist, and was introduced to his work a decade ago when “Henry Taylor” (2012), his first institutional exhibition in New York,...
Michelle Commander: New Deputy Director of National Museum of African American History and Culture Joining Smithsonian From Schomburg Center

Michelle Commander: New Deputy Director of National Museum of African American History and Culture Joining Smithsonian From Schomburg Center

  THE SMITHSONIAN’S National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) named a new deputy director on Jan. 10. Michelle Commander is joining the Washington, D.C., museum in the No. 2 role. She arrives from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where she served most recently as deputy...
Founding Deputy Director Kinshasha Holman Conwill Has Retired From Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture

Founding Deputy Director Kinshasha Holman Conwill Has Retired From Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

  A MUSEUM LEADER and institution builder, Kinshasha Holman Conwill dedicated her entire career to being a faithful steward of art, history, and culture, establishing the background and experience necessary to seize the opportunity of a lifetime. Few get the chance to help envision and develop a monument to the African American experience, from ideas...
Taylor Jasper is Joining Walker Art Center as Assistant Curator of Visual Arts

Taylor Jasper is Joining Walker Art Center as Assistant Curator of Visual Arts

  IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., the Walker Art Center named Taylor Jasper assistant curator of visual arts. The appointment was announced Jan. 10. A member of a growing team in the Visual Arts department, Jasper’s portfolio will span exhibitions, acquisitions, artist projects, and public programming. She is joining the Walker from The Momentary, a contemporary art...
Culture Type: The 18 Best Black Art Books of 2022

Culture Type: The 18 Best Black Art Books of 2022

  The Best Black Art Books of 2022 explore the work of El Anatsui, Firelei Báez, Richard Hunt, Marilyn Nance, Henry Taylor, Black potters, Haitian artists, and more   TWO NEW BOOKS harken back nearly 50 years exploring profound moments in Black art history. Published on the occasion of a major exhibition at the Museum...
On the Rise: 27 Museum Curators and Arts Leaders Who Took on New Appointments in Second Half of 2022

On the Rise: 27 Museum Curators and Arts Leaders Who Took on New Appointments in Second Half of 2022

  BLACK CURATORS AND ARTS LEADERS took on key roles at a variety of museums and arts institutions in the second half of 2022. Sean Decatur will be the next president of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), a world-renowned New York institution that welcomes about 5 million visitors a year. Announced early this...
Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Great Finds Inspired by African American Artists, From Barkley L. Hendricks to Faith Ringgold, Henry Taylor, Kehinde Wiley & More

Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Great Finds Inspired by African American Artists, From Barkley L. Hendricks to Faith Ringgold, Henry Taylor, Kehinde Wiley & More

  CRITICALLY RECOGNIZED African American artists are introducing their work to wider audiences through accessible products and design objects sold at museums, galleries, and other outlets. Major exhibitions of Faith Ringgold, Henry Taylor, and Nick Cave this year have inspired skateboard decks, hoodies, boxed note cards, and fine china plates. Artist Kehinde Wiley’s online shop...
Tsione Wolde-Michael Appointed Executive Director of President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities: After 5-Year Hiatus, PCAH is Getting Back to Work

Tsione Wolde-Michael Appointed Executive Director of President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities: After 5-Year Hiatus, PCAH is Getting Back to Work

  IN WASHINGTON, D.C., the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is announcing a new leader today. Tsione Wolde-Michael has been appointed executive director of the committee. Engaging with artists, scholars, and cultural heritage leaders, PCAH strives to center the arts, humanities, and museum and library services in the civic and cultural...
Culture Type: The Month in Black Art, Here's What Happened in November 2022

Culture Type: The Month in Black Art, Here’s What Happened in November 2022

  November highlights include Courtney Willis Blair heading White Cube gallery in New York, Alonzo Davis archives go to Driskell Center, first Black board chair at Florida’s Ringling Museum of Art, Mariane Ibrahim gallery opening in Mexico City   < APPOINTMENTS | Nov. 4: John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation in Sarasota, Fla.,...
Apollo Awards 2022: Faith Ringgold Named 'Artist of the Year' by International Art Magazine

Apollo Awards 2022: Faith Ringgold Named ‘Artist of the Year’ by International Art Magazine

  CELEBRATIONS AND HARD-WON RECOGNITION of Faith Ringgold and her singular practice continue apace. Over the past several years, Ringgold has been celebrated by major international institutions through awards, media profiles, publications, and exhibitions. The latest honor hails from London. Apollo, the international art magazine, announced its annual awards and Ringgold was named Artist of...
Ed Cross Fine Art Now Represents Nigerian Artist Abdulrazaq Awofeso Who Creates Sculpture From Discarded Wood Palettes

Ed Cross Fine Art Now Represents Nigerian Artist Abdulrazaq Awofeso Who Creates Sculpture From Discarded Wood Palettes

Artist Abdulrazaq Awofeso. | Photo by Tegen Kimbley   AFTER ESTABLISHING a unique practice that reflects his own biography and also speaks to global issues, Abdulrazaq Awofeso is working with a new gallery. Ed Cross Fine Art in London recently announced its representation of the sculptor and installation artist. Working with discarded and dismantled wood...
Appointment: Courtney Willis Blair Will Lead White Cube Gallery in New York

Appointment: Courtney Willis Blair Will Lead White Cube Gallery in New York

  IT’S NEARLY UNHEARD OF for a white-owned art gallery to offer a stake in the business to a Black dealer. Courtney Willis Blair was in rare company in January 2021 when she was named partner and senior director at Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York. Willis Blair is continuing to break new ground in...