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Cover Subject: Countering Historic Narratives, Derrick Adams Makes the Images He Wants to See in the World

Cover Subject: Countering Historic Narratives, Derrick Adams Makes the Images He Wants to See in the World

  BLACK PEOPLE FLOATING leisurely in pools are among the most recognizable images Derrick Adams has made in recent years. The brightly colored scenes in his Floaters series usually feature an individual figure lounging on an inflatable floater. “Floater 49” (2017), a mixed-media collage work from his Floaters series appears on the fall 2019 cover...
A Pioneer of Conceptual Art, Lorna Simpson Receives 2019 Getty Medal

A Pioneer of Conceptual Art, Lorna Simpson Receives 2019 Getty Medal

  AGAINST A STORMY BACKDROP, the 2019 J. Paul Getty Medals were presented to Mary Beard, an author and classics professor at the University of Cambridge, and American artists Ed Ruscha and Lorna Simpson. The recipients were announced in January and a dinner was held in their honor Sept. 16. Simpson’s recent paintings have been...
'Art & Race Matters': First Comprehensive Retrospective of Robert Colescott Opens at CAC Cincinnati This Week

‘Art & Race Matters’: First Comprehensive Retrospective of Robert Colescott Opens at CAC Cincinnati This Week

  BLENDING PROVOCATIVE PERSPECTIVES on race and gender relations, a unique sense of humor, knowledge of Western art history, and lived experience with American identity, culture, and traditions, Robert Colescott (1925-2009) developed an insightful and thought-provoking practice that didn’t shy away from controversial topics and images that might offend. He was an exceptional painter whose...
Boasting Works by Nina Chanel Abney, Hebru Brantley, William Villalongo, and Richard Prince, Q-Tip's Art Collection Will Be Exhibited at Bonhams New York

Boasting Works by Nina Chanel Abney, Hebru Brantley, William Villalongo, and Richard Prince, Q-Tip’s Art Collection Will Be Exhibited at Bonhams New York

    IT’S NO SURPRISE Q-Tip is a serious record collector, given his vocation. When Gail King visited the renowned member of A Tribe Called Quest at his New Jersey home for a CBS This Morning segment, he told her he had about 9,000 records. Footage from the segment indicated Q-Tip has an interest in...
Artist Charles White Was a Devoted Teacher Who Served as a 'Life Model' to Countless Students in Los Angeles and Beyond

Artist Charles White Was a Devoted Teacher Who Served as a ‘Life Model’ to Countless Students in Los Angeles and Beyond

  FOR THE FIRST TIME in more than three decades, “Charles White: A Retrospective” offered a career-spanning overview of Charles White, whose powerful paintings and drawings capture the strength, beauty, and dignity of African Americans. While showcasing White’s artistic practice was the focus of the museum survey, his son, Ian White, realized the traveling exhibition...
In an Interview Coinciding with His First Exhibition at Gagosian, Nathaniel Mary Quinn Tells Anderson Cooper: 'My Paintings Come to Me as Visions'

In an Interview Coinciding with His First Exhibition at Gagosian, Nathaniel Mary Quinn Tells Anderson Cooper: ‘My Paintings Come to Me as Visions’

    EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION of reality, memory, and perception, Nathaniel Mary Quinn paints composite portraits that read as collage. In actuality, they are produced with oil paint, gouache, charcoal, oil stick, and pastels in his own hand. He has said his fragmented and visually layered portraits are based on the faces of people he...
Crystal Bridges Museum Announced 29 Acquisitions, Adding Works by Emma Amos, Jordan Casteel, Clementine Hunter, Henry O. Tanner, and Kehinde Wiley to Collection

Crystal Bridges Museum Announced 29 Acquisitions, Adding Works by Emma Amos, Jordan Casteel, Clementine Hunter, Henry O. Tanner, and Kehinde Wiley to Collection

EMMA AMOS, “The Reader,” 1967 (oil on canvas in artist’s frame, 41 1/4 × 61 inches). | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE Gallery, New York   A PORTRAIT of a Harlem suit shop owner by Jordan Casteel is on view in the 1940s to Now...
Osei Bonsu Named Curator of International Art at Tate Modern in London

Osei Bonsu Named Curator of International Art at Tate Modern in London

THE TATE MODERN MUSEUM in London announced new appointments to its curatorial team today, covering African, Middle Eastern and South Asian modern and contemporary art. Nabila Abdel Nabi (Middle East and North Africa), Osei Bonsu (Africa), and Devika Singh (South Asia), have been named curators, international art. Valentina Ravaglia’s new role is curator, displays and...
Cameron Shaw is the New Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles

Cameron Shaw is the New Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles

THE CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM (CAAM) announced a new appointment today. Curator, writer, and editor Cameron Shaw has been named deputy director and chief curator of the Los Angeles Museum. Shaw is the co-founder of Pelican Bomb, a New Orleans-based contemporary art nonprofit that provided a platform for exhibitions, public programming, and arts journalism. For...
Sponsored: Treadway Gallery Holding African American Fine Art Auction, Sept. 15

Sponsored: Treadway Gallery Holding African American Fine Art Auction, Sept. 15

Lot 273: ALMA WOODSEY THOMAS (1891-1978), “Untitled,” circa 1970 (watercolor on paper, 13.2 x 15.75 inches framed). | Estimate $20,000-$30,000   Women working in Abstract Expressionism and an array of artists active in Chicago are among the highlights of the Sept. 15 African American Fine Art Auction at Treadway Gallery in Cincinnati. The gallery has...
Latest News in African America Art: Simone Leigh Collaborates with Zendaya, Eva Langret Joins Frieze, Art x Fashion & More

Latest News in African America Art: Simone Leigh Collaborates with Zendaya, Eva Langret Joins Frieze, Art x Fashion & More

“Untitled #7” (1975) by Howardena Pindell   The following review presents a snapshot of recent news in African American art and related black culture:   ARTISTS The New York Times profiled Betye Saar in advance of her fall solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Los Angeles County Museum of...
Brooklyn-Based Artist Derrick Adams Joins Luxembourg & Dayan and Salon 94

Brooklyn-Based Artist Derrick Adams Joins Luxembourg & Dayan and Salon 94

  BALTIMORE-BORN, Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams is working with two new galleries. Luxembourg & Dayan and Salon 94 announced their collaborative representation of Adams Sept. 5. His multidisciplinary practice spans painting, collage, sculpture, video, sound, and performance. Adams will continue to be represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago. Described by the galleries, Adams’s practice...
Ernie Barnes Retrospective Brings Renewed Attention to African American Artist Who Found Fame After Playing Pro Football

Ernie Barnes Retrospective Brings Renewed Attention to African American Artist Who Found Fame After Playing Pro Football

“The Sugar Shack” (1976) by Ernie Barnes   LOS ANGELES—A master storyteller, Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) painted from experience. He captured the brawn of football and the quotidian of life in the segregated South. His representational images depict what he saw growing up in Durham, N.C., where black people gathered for communion and competition on porches and...
Summering with Mickalene Thomas: The Artist Turns to Nature and Good Friends for a Creative Charge

Summering with Mickalene Thomas: The Artist Turns to Nature and Good Friends for a Creative Charge

From the New York Times video: Pool Party | Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont   FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, Brooklyn-based Mickalene Thomas has decamped to a property in Salisbury, Conn., during “kids-away-from-school” time with Racquel Chevremont, her partner in work and life, and their three children. Purchased in 2013, Thomas calls the 19th century...