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Los Angeles-based Conceptual Artist Charles Gaines Has Joined Hauser & Wirth Gallery

Los Angeles-based Conceptual Artist Charles Gaines Has Joined Hauser & Wirth Gallery

  HAUSER & WIRTH has added pioneering conceptual artist Charles Gaines to its roster. With locations in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London, Zurich, Somerset, England,and Gstaad, Switzerland, the gallery will represent Gaines worldwide. The Los Angeles-based artist was previously represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and Paula Cooper Gallery. Gaines will continue...
Black Curators Have Been Making Significant Strides, Art Museums are Finally Getting on Board to Aid Their Progress

Black Curators Have Been Making Significant Strides, Art Museums are Finally Getting on Board to Aid Their Progress

Legacy Russell, Larry Ossei-Mensah, and Naomi Beckwith, took on new curatorial roles this week.   THE FOURTH ITERATION of Made in L.A. is currently on view at the Hammer Museum. The biennial features 33 emerging and under-recognized artists, some of the most interesting and thought-provoking figures working in the Los Angeles area. Spanning nearly four...
Barry Jenkins Shared Trailer for 'If Beale Street Could Talk' on Baldwin's Birthday

Barry Jenkins Shared Trailer for ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ on Baldwin’s Birthday

  TO CELEBRATE JAMES BALDWIN’S BIRTHDAY, Barry Jenkins shared the trailer for “If Beale Street Could Talk” on Twitter. He wrote, “For me, August 2nd has always been a day to pay tribute, so… a teaser of what’s to come. Happy Birthday, Jimmy 🙏🏿🙌🏿♥️” Baldwin was born Aug. 2, 1924, and he published “If Beale...
Yinka Shonibare Wrapped More than 200 Books in 'African' Textiles, His 'American Library' is Designed to Start a Conversation About Immigration

Yinka Shonibare Wrapped More than 200 Books in ‘African’ Textiles, His ‘American Library’ is Designed to Start a Conversation About Immigration

  THE MOST RECENT ADDITION to the art collection at The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College is a series of books. The museum acquired “The American Library (Activists)” by Yinka Shonibare, a large-scale installation of 234 books wrapped in the artist’s signature Dutch wax print fabric. The spines of most of the books feature...
Latest News in African American Art: Philadelphia Mural Honors Couple That Sought to 'Improve Negro Race,' Detroit Art Week, Rashid Johnson Wins Aspen Award

Latest News in African American Art: Philadelphia Mural Honors Couple That Sought to ‘Improve Negro Race,’ Detroit Art Week, Rashid Johnson Wins Aspen Award

Dickerson Building Mural by Ernel Martinez | via Philadelphia Mural Arts Program   NEWS The legacy of George Edward Dickerson and Addie Whiteman Dickerson, a civic and politically active Philadelphia couple lives on through a building they purchased about a century ago. In their will, they designated their real estate should be used to “improve...
'Soul of a Nation' is Traveling to the West Coast, Exhibition Will Be on View in Spring 2019 at The Broad in Los Angeles

‘Soul of a Nation’ is Traveling to the West Coast, Exhibition Will Be on View in Spring 2019 at The Broad in Los Angeles

“Did the Bear Sit Under the Tree” (1969) by Benny Andrews   THE INTERNATIONAL TOUR for “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” has been extended. The exhibition will be on view at The Broad next March. The Los Angeles museum is the exhibition’s only West Coast venue and the show’s...
Cover Stars: For its September Fall Fashion Issues, Vogue is all About Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Making Long-Overdue History

Cover Stars: For its September Fall Fashion Issues, Vogue is all About Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Making Long-Overdue History

  FOR THE FIRST TIME in its 126-year history, a black photographer is shooting the cover of American Vogue, and not just any issue, the all-important fall fashion issue. The long overdue milestone is happening at the behest of Beyoncé, who will grace the magazine’s September cover. She selected Tyler Mitchell, a young photographer, originally...
Hundreds of African American Artifacts Hit the Auction Block at Guernsey's: Rosa Parks House Went Unsold, Unpublished Malcolm X Material Landed at Schomburg

Hundreds of African American Artifacts Hit the Auction Block at Guernsey’s: Rosa Parks House Went Unsold, Unpublished Malcolm X Material Landed at Schomburg

  SPANNING CIVIL RIGHTS, SLAVERY, MUSIC AND FILM, historic treasures and one-of-a-kind documents related to key figures of African American history and culture were auctioned at Guernsey’s in New York on July 25 and 26. The headliner was a true rarity—the family home of Rosa Parks, which once stood in Detroit, where it had been...
Loaded with Symbolism, a Fountain Sculpture by Pope.L is Among New Acquisitions at Carnegie Museum of Art

Loaded with Symbolism, a Fountain Sculpture by Pope.L is Among New Acquisitions at Carnegie Museum of Art

“Fountain (reparations version)” (2016-17) by Pope.L   EARLIER THIS MONTH, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh announced several new acquisitions, including “Fountain (reparations version)” (2016-17) by Chicago-based Pope.L. The sculpture is on view in the modern and contemporary galleries which have been re-hung to reflect the “depth, diversity, and eccentricities” of the Carnegie Museum’s...
Latest News in African American Art: Juergen Teller Appropriated the Work of Mickalene Thomas, VMFA Elected New Board President, Alma Thomas Papers Digitized

Latest News in African American Art: Juergen Teller Appropriated the Work of Mickalene Thomas, VMFA Elected New Board President, Alma Thomas Papers Digitized

This December/January 2018 cover of Paris Vogue conjures the style of Mickalene Thomas, but the image was created by Juergen Teller.   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 benefactor behind Anonymous Was a Woman, which...
PAFA Acquires Landscape Painting by May Howard Jackson, First African American Woman to Attend the Philadelphia Art School

PAFA Acquires Landscape Painting by May Howard Jackson, First African American Woman to Attend the Philadelphia Art School

  THE PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY of the Fine Arts (PAFA) recently acquired a particularly meaningful painting. “Morris Heights, N.Y. City” (1912) is an Impressionist landscape made by May Howard Jackson (1877-1931) more than a century ago. Jackson is a PAFA alum. She earned a scholarship in 1895 and became the first African American woman to attend...
Mitchell-Innes & Nash Announces Its Representation of Conceptual Artist Jacolby Satterwhite

Mitchell-Innes & Nash Announces Its Representation of Conceptual Artist Jacolby Satterwhite

Jacolby Satterwhite performing at SFMOMA in 2016.   CONCEPTUAL ARTIST Jacolby Satterwhite has joined Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Satterwhite works in 3-D animation and performance. Trained as a painter, he has mastered new technology and the use of his body as a vessel for expression. He innovative practice harnesses these seemingly disparate assets to address key...
For Faith Ringgold, the American Flag Has Always Been a Potent and Powerful Symbol

For Faith Ringgold, the American Flag Has Always Been a Potent and Powerful Symbol

“Flag Story Quilt” (1985) by Faith Ringgold is currently on view at the Spencer Museum of Art.   THE AMERICAN FLAG, its design and all that it symbolizes, is the basis for some of the most politically potent and astute work Faith Ringgold has made over past half century. In 1970, she helped organize the...
Artist Tony Lewis is Now Represented by Blum & Poe Gallery

Artist Tony Lewis is Now Represented by Blum & Poe Gallery

  CHICAGO-BASED ARTIST Tony Lewis has joined Blum & Poe. The gallery announced its representation of the Lewis one year after hosting its first show with the artist. “Tony Lewis: Jot” (April 28-June 17, 2017) presented new colored pencil and graphite drawings and was also the artist’s first exhibition in Los Angeles. Lewis’s expansive engagement...