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On View: 'Reality, Times Two: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott' at Goya Contemporary in Baltimore

On View: ‘Reality, Times Two: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott’ at Goya Contemporary in Baltimore

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions CELEBRATING THE CREATIVE CONNECTIONS between a mother and daughter, “REALITY, Times two” presents works by quilt artist Elizabeth Talford Scott (1916-2011) and bead artist Joyce J. Scott. The Baltimore artists lived together for more than 60 years until Elizabeth died in 2011. Born on a South Carolina...
Former News Anchor Robyne Robinson Appointed Board Chair of Recently Reopened Minnesota Museum of American Art

Former News Anchor Robyne Robinson Appointed Board Chair of Recently Reopened Minnesota Museum of American Art

  THE MINNESOTA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART announced the appointment of Robyne Robinson as chair of its board of directors. A former news anchor, Robinson is the founder of Five x Five Public Art Consulting. The news was announced July 16 and she has assumed her new post. Known as The M, the St. Paul...
Renowned Washington Painter Sam Gilliam Has Joined Pace Gallery, For the First Time He is Represented in New York

Renowned Washington Painter Sam Gilliam Has Joined Pace Gallery, For the First Time He is Represented in New York

  OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, Sam Gilliam has been increasingly recognized as one of the most innovative and groundbreaking painters to emerge in second half of the 20th century. His lyrical, color-soaked abstractions expand the definition of painting. Practicing for more than six decades, Gilliam has had relative success throughout his career, yet he...
Louis Vuitton Invited 6 Artists Including Tschabalala Self and Nicholas Hlobo to Reimagine its Capucines Handbag

Louis Vuitton Invited 6 Artists Including Tschabalala Self and Nicholas Hlobo to Reimagine its Capucines Handbag

  SIX NOTABLE FIGURES in contemporary art have reimagined Louis Vuitton’s top-handle Capucines bag. The Artycapucines Collection features limited-edition designs by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo and American artist Tschabalala Self, along with Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Alex Israel, and Jonas Wood. Self is the only female artist in the group. Inspired by the Louis...
On View: 'Souls Grown Deep: Artists of the African American South' at Philadelphia Museum of Art

On View: ‘Souls Grown Deep: Artists of the African American South’ at Philadelphia Museum of Art

“The Old Water” (2004) by Thornton Dial Sr.   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions THORTON DIAL SR. (1928-2016), made symbolic mixed-media paintings and sculptural assemblage works with profound titles. “The Last Day of Martin Luther King” (1992), references the civil rights leader’s assassination, a moment of national tragedy, sadness, and mourning, and an...
On View: 'Show Me Yours' with Brittney Leeanne Williams, Jake Troyli, and Bianca Nemelc at Monique Meloche in Chicago

On View: ‘Show Me Yours’ with Brittney Leeanne Williams, Jake Troyli, and Bianca Nemelc at Monique Meloche in Chicago

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions THE UNIFYING THEME of “Show Me Yours” is not readily apparent, until you look closely. The exhibition features paintings by three emerging artists—Brittney Leeanne Williams, Jake Troyli, and Bianca Nemelc—each offering a unique interpretation of the nude form through the lens of identity. Rendered in electric pink,...
Amy Sherald Worked With Mural Arts Philadelphia on an Amazing Six-Story Portrait that Celebrates Young Black Women

Amy Sherald Worked With Mural Arts Philadelphia on an Amazing Six-Story Portrait that Celebrates Young Black Women

  AN EMPOWERING MURAL of a North Philadelphia teen graces the facade of the Target in Center City. Rising high above the downtown expanse, Najee Spencer-Young wears a mustard-colored hat cocked just so with a black-and-white floral coat. Despite the coat’s bold print, one’s attention is drawn to her eyes. Almond-shaped, they gaze directly back...
Four Foundations Acquired Johnson Publishing Archive for $30 Million on Behalf of Getty Research Institute and Smithsonian's African American Museum

Four Foundations Acquired Johnson Publishing Archive for $30 Million on Behalf of Getty Research Institute and Smithsonian’s African American Museum

  THE HISTORIC ARCHIVE of Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) was sold to a consortium of four foundations—the Ford Foundation, J. Paul Getty Trust, Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for $30 million. The purchase was made through an auction process that commenced July 17 and concluded yesterday. The final sale is...
'Harlem: In Situ' at Addison Gallery Explores the Neighborhood's Complex History and Influence on Generations of Artists

‘Harlem: In Situ’ at Addison Gallery Explores the Neighborhood’s Complex History and Influence on Generations of Artists

“Three Little Girls Eating Ice Cream Cones” (1936) by Lucien Aigner   WHILE AFRICAN AMERICANS have lived in Harlem for centuries, photographers and artists have notably documented what became black Harlem for about 100 years and continue to train their sights on the cultural mecca increasingly defined by gentrification. The storied Harlem that captures the...
Kehinde Wiley's Black Rock Senegal Residency Announced 16 Artists Selected for Inaugural Year

Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Senegal Residency Announced 16 Artists Selected for Inaugural Year

Black Rock Senegal. | Photo by Mamadou Gomis, © Kehinde Wiley   BLACK ROCK SENEGAL announced the first group of artists selected for the residency program established by Kehinde Wiley. Located in Dakar, Black Rock is hosting an international slate of 16 artists working in a variety of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, film, and...
Black Female Artists Are Headlining Exhibitions Throughout London

Black Female Artists Are Headlining Exhibitions Throughout London

  MORE THAN A DOZEN EXHIBITIONS, most in and around London, are showcasing the work of black female artists this summer. Presented at museums, nonprofits, and commercial galleries, many of the shows are breaking new ground for the artists, who span generations. Faith Ringgold at Serpentine Galleries is making her European institutional solo debut and...
On View: At Serpentine Galleries in London, Faith Ringgold's First Solo Exhibition at a European Institution

On View: At Serpentine Galleries in London, Faith Ringgold’s First Solo Exhibition at a European Institution

Artist Faith Ringgold, artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist, and curator Melissa Blanchflower discuss Ringgold’s longstanding career and current exhibition at Serpentine Galleries. | Video by Serpentine Galleries   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions SERPENTINE GALLERIES is presenting a five-decade survey of pioneering American artist Faith Ringgold, 88. Throughout her career, Ringgold has worked...
50 Years Ago, Alma Thomas Made 'Space' Paintings that Imagined the Moon and Mars

50 Years Ago, Alma Thomas Made ‘Space’ Paintings that Imagined the Moon and Mars

  WHEN APOLLO 11 LANDED on the moon, Alma Thomas was inspired by the historic milestone. The mission was launched 50 years ago today and Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins landed on the moon four days later, July 20, 1969. The American astronauts were the first people to visit...
Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell Joined Board of Getty Trust in Los Angeles

Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell Joined Board of Getty Trust in Los Angeles

THE J. PAUL GETTY TRUST has a new board member. Mary Schmidt Campbell joined the board of trustees of the Los Angeles-based philanthropic institution. Campbell is the president of Spelman College in Atlanta and author of “An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden.” The Getty made the announcement July 10. The Trust...