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Latest News in Black Art: Essence Harden is Co-Curating Made in L.A. 2025, Oluremi C. Onabanjo is Photography Curator at MoMA, Shortlist for London's Fourth Plinth & More

Latest News in Black Art: Essence Harden is Co-Curating Made in L.A. 2025, Oluremi C. Onabanjo is Photography Curator at MoMA, Shortlist for London’s Fourth Plinth & More

  Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Fourth Plinth Shortlist 2026, 2028: Clockwise, from top left, “Ancient Feelings,” by Thomas J Price; “Sweet Potatoes and Yams are Not the Same” by Veronica Ryan, “Hornero” by Gabriel Chaile, and “Lady in Blue” by Tschabalala...
Black Art History: 10 U.S. Museums are Exploring African American Art with an Array of Themed Exhibitions

Black Art History: 10 U.S. Museums are Exploring African American Art with an Array of Themed Exhibitions

MUSEUMS ACROSS THE NATION are surveying more than 150 years of African African American art. Coinciding with Black History Month, the exhibitions engage a spectrum of themes, presenting an expansive look at Black artistic production. From Sacramento, Calif., to Cincinnati, Ohio, Charlotte, N.C., and New York City, the exhibitions highlight the work of women artists,...
What to Look Forward to in 2024: 30 Exhibitions, Books, and Events Focused on African American Artists

What to Look Forward to in 2024: 30 Exhibitions, Books, and Events Focused on African American Artists

THE YEAR AHEAD is brimming with unprecedented opportunities to explore the work of historic and contemporary artists. Among the most anticipated are landmark surveys of Sargent Claude Johnson, the first Black artist active in California to gain national renown, and Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, the first woman of color to graduate from the Rhode Island School...
Latest News in Black Art: 2024 United States Artists Fellows Announced, James Claiborne Returns to Barnes Foundation, Jupiter Magazine Debuts & More

Latest News in Black Art: 2024 United States Artists Fellows Announced, James Claiborne Returns to Barnes Foundation, Jupiter Magazine Debuts & More

  Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   2024 United States Artists Fellows: Clockwise, from top left, Karen Collins. | Photo by Chris Merchant; Tammie Rubin. | Photo by Essentials Creative; María Magdalena Campos-Pons. | Photo courtesy the artist; Garrett Bradley. | Photo by...
Gordon Parks Foundation Announced Its 2024 Fellows: Larry W. Cook, Tonika Lewis Johnson, and D. Watkins

Gordon Parks Foundation Announced Its 2024 Fellows: Larry W. Cook, Tonika Lewis Johnson, and D. Watkins

Recipients of the 2024 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship in Art are Larry W. Cook and Tonika Lewis Johnson. | Images: From left, Courtesy of GPF and Photo by Ken Carl   THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION announced its 2024 Fellows. The recipients of the Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship in Art are conceptual artist and archivist Larry...
Filmmaker and Writer Dream Hampton is New Museum's 2024 Stuart Regen Visionary

Filmmaker and Writer Dream Hampton is New Museum’s 2024 Stuart Regen Visionary

dream hampton. | Photo by Erik Howard   THE NEW MUSEUM announced its 2024 Visionary is dream hampton. The annual Stuart Regen Visionaries Series recognizes “individuals who have made major contributions to art and culture and who are actively imagining a better future.” An award-winning filmmaker, producer, and writer from Detroit, hampton is being honored...
Latest News in Black Art: New Executive Director at Atlanta Contemporary, Kehinde Wiley Painting Makes Cameo in Heist Film, Derek Fordjour Covers Whitewall Magazine

Latest News in Black Art: New Executive Director at Atlanta Contemporary, Kehinde Wiley Painting Makes Cameo in Heist Film, Derek Fordjour Covers Whitewall Magazine

  Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Floyd Hall. | Photo by Wesley Cummings   Appointments Floyd Hall is joining Atlanta Contemporary as executive director, effective Jan. 16. An Atlanta-based cultural producer and media strategist, Hall has collaborated with a variety of companies...
Building History: Kimberly Dowdell is AIA's 100th President. First Black Woman to Lead Architecture Organization Plans to 'Do More'

Building History: Kimberly Dowdell is AIA’s 100th President. First Black Woman to Lead Architecture Organization Plans to ‘Do More’

Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, gives remarks in her first moments as president. | Photo courtesy AIA   THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS (AIA) elected its first Black female president. Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, is the 2024 President of AIA. Dowdell, 40, describes herself as “an architect determined to make the world a better place.” She is a...
NXTHVN Opens Applications for 2024-25 Studio and Curatorial Fellowships

NXTHVN Opens Applications for 2024-25 Studio and Curatorial Fellowships

NXTHVN is located in the Dixwell neighborhood of New Haven, Conn.   Each year, NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists and two curators to participate in its paid 10-month intensive Fellowship Program.   NXTHVN is pleased to announce the opening of its annual open call for Studio and Curatorial Fellows. Founded by Titus Kaphar and...
Culture Type: The 13 Best Black Art Books of 2023

Culture Type: The 13 Best Black Art Books of 2023

The Best Black Art Books of 2023 explore the work of Simone Leigh, Benjamin Wigfall, Kerry James Marshall, Hughie Lee-Smith, Dalton Paula, William Edmondson, and more A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE and essential overview, “Simone Leigh” is the first publication to document the singular artist’s practice, which focuses on sculpture and centers Black female subjectivity. The catalogue...
Latest News in Black Art: Kwesi Botchway Now Represented by Vielmetter Los Angeles, Anonymous Was a Woman Awards, Jordan Casteel and Steve Stoute Elected to Met Museum Board & More

Latest News in Black Art: Kwesi Botchway Now Represented by Vielmetter Los Angeles, Anonymous Was a Woman Awards, Jordan Casteel and Steve Stoute Elected to Met Museum Board & More

  Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Representation VIELMETTER LOS ANGELES Kwesi Botchway (b. 1994) is now represented by Vielmetter Los Angeles. Botchway is known for his stylized portraits of contemporary African people, bold and colorful depictions grounded in community and culture. The...
Moving On Up: Amid Financial Setbacks at Museums, 31 Curators and Arts Leaders Took on New Appointments in Second Half of 2023

Moving On Up: Amid Financial Setbacks at Museums, 31 Curators and Arts Leaders Took on New Appointments in Second Half of 2023

Culture Type reports on new appointments of Black curators and arts leaders to get a sense of representation in museums, with an emphasis on art museums. Museum leaders, curators, and educators shape the management and intellectual direction of institutions, determine the art visitors see and the programming they experience and, by extension, whether audiences of...
National Portrait Gallery Unveiled Oprah Winfrey Portrait, Media Mogul Marvels at Being 'Alongside All the Greats'

National Portrait Gallery Unveiled Oprah Winfrey Portrait, Media Mogul Marvels at Being ‘Alongside All the Greats’

Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2023: Artist Shawn Michael Warren and Oprah Winfrey pose with his portrait of her during the official unveiling ceremony at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. | Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery   WHEN OPRAH WINFREY is involved, amazing things tend to happen. Everybody gets a car,...
British Caribbean Artist to Watch Hettie Inniss Has Joined Grimm Gallery

British Caribbean Artist to Watch Hettie Inniss Has Joined Grimm Gallery

Hettie Innis in her studio, 2023. | Courtesy Peter Mallett   GRIMM, AN INTERNATIONAL GALLERY with locations in Amsterdam, London, and New York City, now represents Hettie Inniss (b. 1999). The British Caribbean artist lives and works in London. Paintings by Inniss are featured in “The Painted Room,” a group exhibition curated by Caroline Walker...
Goodman Gallery Now Represents Kenyan Artist Chemu Ng'ok, 'I Feel Like the Body is a Fertile Ground for Contemplation, for Ideas'

Goodman Gallery Now Represents Kenyan Artist Chemu Ng’ok, ‘I Feel Like the Body is a Fertile Ground for Contemplation, for Ideas’

GOODMAN GALLERY announced its representation of Chemu Ng’ok (b. 1989) last week. Ng’ok’s paintings and drawings feature abstracted figures and figurative forms entangled in a web of linework. The images explore the physical, psychological, and political aspects of the body and the complexities of human interaction, occupying space, and simply being. “I am thrilled to...
Latest News in Black Art: Alexander Harrison Now Repped by Kasmin, New Appointments at Baltimore Museum of Art, Renell Medrano Wins ICP Infinity Award & More

Latest News in Black Art: Alexander Harrison Now Repped by Kasmin, New Appointments at Baltimore Museum of Art, Renell Medrano Wins ICP Infinity Award & More

  Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Alexander Harrison. | Photo by Diego Flores   Representation Kasmin in New York announced its representation of painter Alexander Harrison (b. 1993) on Dec. 4. Born in Greenville, S.C., Harrison lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y....
Akinsanya Kambon Receives $100,000 Mohn Award, Made in L.A. Biennial's Top Prize Honors Artistic Excellence

Akinsanya Kambon Receives $100,000 Mohn Award, Made in L.A. Biennial’s Top Prize Honors Artistic Excellence

AKINSANYA KAMBON, Installation view of Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Oct. 1-Dec.31, 2023. | Photo by Charles White   THE CERAMIC WORKS OF Akinsanya Kambon (b. 1946) have patinaed surfaces with a striking iridescent luster. Inspired by Black narratives and his pan-African beliefs, the figurative sculptures, vessels, and wall...
Dalton Paula Joined James Fuentes Gallery, Brazilian Artist's Portrait Paintings 'Create a New History'

Dalton Paula Joined James Fuentes Gallery, Brazilian Artist’s Portrait Paintings ‘Create a New History’

DALTON PAULA, “João Mulunga,” 2023 (oil and gold leaf on canvas in two parts, 24 x 17 3⁄4 x 1 1⁄2 inches). | © Dalton Paula, Courtesy the artist and James Fuentes   THE WORK OF Brazilian artist Dalton Paula (b. 1982) may look familiar. A pair of portraits he painted representing slave resistance leaders...
Nicola Vassell and Hauser & Wirth Galleries Announce Partnership and Co-Representation of Artist Uman

Nicola Vassell and Hauser & Wirth Galleries Announce Partnership and Co-Representation of Artist Uman

UMAN, “Amapiano Dance,” 2022-23 (acrylic, oil and oil stick on canvas in artist’s frame, 159.1 x 159.1 cm / 62 5/8 x 62 5/8 inches). | © Uman. Courtesy the artist and Nicola Vassell Gallery, Photo by Lance Brewer   NICOLA VASSELL GALLERY and Hauser & Wirth announced a new partnership and co-representation of Uman....
Paula Cooper Gallery Now Represents Cynthia Hawkins, New York Artist Engaged With Abstraction Since 1972

Paula Cooper Gallery Now Represents Cynthia Hawkins, New York Artist Engaged With Abstraction Since 1972

Cynthia Hawkins, 2022. | Photo by Todd Smith Fleming   PAULA COOPER GALLERY announced its representation of painter Cynthia Hawkins. Since 1972, Hawkins has been working in abstraction. Describing the artist’s work, the gallery said her paintings draw on “diverse literary, philosophical, and scientific influences” and “utilize a highly developed vocabulary of symbols and signs...