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United States Artists is Recognizing Visionary Gallerist and Activist Linda Goode Bryant with 2020 Berresford Prize

United States Artists is Recognizing Visionary Gallerist and Activist Linda Goode Bryant with 2020 Berresford Prize

In 1974, Linda Goode Bryant founded Just Above Midtown gallery in New York City. | Photo by Oresti Tsonopoulos   THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR of Just Above Midtown (JAM), Linda Goode Bryant “has had a massive effect on the trajectory of countless artists and has changed the course of art history in the process.” For...
On View: 'The Beautiful Journey: The Lens of Devin Allen' at The Gallery at Baltimore City Hall

On View: ‘The Beautiful Journey: The Lens of Devin Allen’ at The Gallery at Baltimore City Hall

“Mother and Son” by Devin Allen   DOCUMENTING THE UPRISING that spilled into the streets of Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray while he was in police custody, Devin Allen evolved from an amateur to a nationally recognized photographer. His unforgettable image of the city’s painful reaction to Gray’s death graced...
Tate Museums are Reopening July 27. New Exhibitions are Delayed, Including Surveys of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Zanele Muholi

Tate Museums are Reopening July 27. New Exhibitions are Delayed, Including Surveys of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Zanele Muholi

  AFTER JOINING A CHORUS of museums around the world that closed temporarily in mid-March to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Tate in London announced its reopening plans. All four Tate galleries are opening to the public July 27. The pause in operations resulted in a shift in exhibition schedules and six-month delays for...
Charly Palmer is Latest Artist Tapped to Illustrate Cover of Time Magazine, Providing Image for 'America Must Change' Issue

Charly Palmer is Latest Artist Tapped to Illustrate Cover of Time Magazine, Providing Image for ‘America Must Change’ Issue

  MAINSTREAM INSTITUTIONS have responded in a variety of ways to the nationwide focus on race, racial justice, and policing. Time magazine’s reaction has been to pair its news coverage of the unfolding events with covers by African American artists. Charly Palmer is the latest tapped for the assignment. In the wake of protests following...
On View: 'Painting with Light: The Photography of Ming Smith' at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London

On View: ‘Painting with Light: The Photography of Ming Smith’ at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London

“Abidjan Children” (1972 / 2003) by Ming Smith   A PIONEERING AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER, Ming Smith is known for her experimental techniques. Her painterly and artfully blurred images are achieved with slow shutter speeds, double exposure, and hand painting. A survey of Smith’s work is on view at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London. “Painting with Light:...
Art for Change: Simone Leigh Produced a New Limited-Edition Sculpture, Proceeds Benefit Color of Change

Art for Change: Simone Leigh Produced a New Limited-Edition Sculpture, Proceeds Benefit Color of Change

  ARTISTS AND GALLERIES have been donating portions of art sales, participating in charitable auctions, and producing special limited-editions to benefit artists and a variety of nonprofits since late March. The efforts began to take root in response to economic and opportunity challenges that arose due to COVID-19 shutdowns and were amplified in late May...
Art for Change: Collective of 80 Black Photographers is Selling Prints to Benefit Nonprofits Focused on Justice and Uplift

Art for Change: Collective of 80 Black Photographers is Selling Prints to Benefit Nonprofits Focused on Justice and Uplift

  A COLLECTIVE OF 80 BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS has come together to rally for change. See in Black was formed in response to the latest police killings and calls for racial justice. The group is harnessing its talent and resources to center black visibility and invest in black uplift. The photographers are selling prints for $100...
Brazilian Artist Sonia Gomes Joins Blum & Poe and Pace Galleries: 'My Work is Black, It is Feminine, and It is Marginal'

Brazilian Artist Sonia Gomes Joins Blum & Poe and Pace Galleries: ‘My Work is Black, It is Feminine, and It is Marginal’

Sonia Gomes in her São Paulo studio, 2020.   BLUM & POE and Pace Galleries have added Brazilian artist Sonia Gomes to their rosters. Gomes works with found and gifted fabrics, exploring the embedded meaning, histories, and social significance of the textiles. Issues of memory and identity are at the center of her practice. New...
American and European Museums Plan 48-Hour Stream of Arthur Jafa's Moving Video Installation 'Love is the Message'

American and European Museums Plan 48-Hour Stream of Arthur Jafa’s Moving Video Installation ‘Love is the Message’

Still from Arthur Jafa’s “Love is the Message, The Message is Death” (2016)   A MEDLEY OF HISTORIC and contemporary footage, Arthur Jafa‘s “Love is the Message, The Message is Death” (2016) is an ode to the black experience. The video installation is a rapid-pace montage of poignant images, both celebratory and heart-wrenching. Kanye West’s...
Culture Talk: Frank Stewart on His Jazz Photographs, Approach to Image Making, and Forthcoming Museum Retrospective

Culture Talk: Frank Stewart on His Jazz Photographs, Approach to Image Making, and Forthcoming Museum Retrospective

  THE ARRAY OF IMAGES Frank Stewart has made over the course of his career is dizzying. He’s photographed African American culture in its many forms—art, food, dance, and music, jazz in particular. He’s made portraits of artists, shot barbecue in the South and Midwest, and captured the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He photographed a...
Richmond Barthé Sculpture was Top Lot at Swann African-American Art Auction, 'Feral Benga' Sold for Record-Setting $629K

Richmond Barthé Sculpture was Top Lot at Swann African-American Art Auction, ‘Feral Benga’ Sold for Record-Setting $629K

  THE LATEST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FINE ART SALE at Swann Auction Galleries was five-and-a-half hours. There were 187 lots and the high point came early on when Lot 10, a cast bronze sculpture by Richmond Barthé (1901-1989) sold for more than half a million dollars. “Feral Benga” garnered sustained interest and was bid up to about...
New Drawings by Toyin Ojih Odutola Pair Powerful Portraits with Invented Stories

New Drawings by Toyin Ojih Odutola Pair Powerful Portraits with Invented Stories

“As He Watched Him Walk Away” (2020) by Toyin Ojih Odutola   A NEW SERIES OF WORKS ON PAPER by Toyin Ojih Odutola explores her fascination with marrying images and text. The artist’s pursuit satiates the viewer’s natural inclination to spin narratives around her powerful and alluring portraits. This desire to imagine the lives and...
Kadir Nelson's New Yorker Cover is a Monument to George Floyd and Reminder of Long History of Violence Against Black People in America

Kadir Nelson’s New Yorker Cover is a Monument to George Floyd and Reminder of Long History of Violence Against Black People in America

  THE BANNER FLAG HANGING outside a window at the NAACP’s Fifth Avenue headquarters in New York City declaring “A Man Was Lynched Yesterday.” Emmett Till’s big bright eyes and round smiling face before he was lynched and found dead in a river in Money, Miss., at age 14. The textured scars on the back...
CBS News Marks Flag Day with Report on Black National Anthem, Coverage Follows Earlier Features on Black Art and Artists

CBS News Marks Flag Day with Report on Black National Anthem, Coverage Follows Earlier Features on Black Art and Artists

CBS Sunday Morning reports on “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”   TODAY IS FLAG DAY. CBS News marked the occasion with a report about “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” The James Weldon Johnson poem was set to music in 1899 by Johnson’s younger brother, the composer John Rosamond Johnson. Known as the Black National Anthem,...