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The Year Ahead in African American Art: What to Look Forward to in 2019

The Year Ahead in African American Art: What to Look Forward to in 2019

  THE YEAR AHEAD begins and ends with major traveling exhibitions, each presenting nearly a century of works by African American artists. The January debut of “Black Refractions: Highlights From the Studio Museum in Harlem” at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco kicks off a tour of six venues. Scheduled for seven...
Latest News in African American Art: Aaron Fowler Wins Jacob Lawrence Prize, US Artists Fellows, Adrian Piper Exhibition Cancelled in Munich & More

Latest News in African American Art: Aaron Fowler Wins Jacob Lawrence Prize, US Artists Fellows, Adrian Piper Exhibition Cancelled in Munich & More

Portrait of artist Aaron Fowler, and “Derion,” 2018 by Folwer.   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   Jacob Lawrence Prize Announced The Seattle Art Museum announced assemblage artist Aaron Fowler is the recipient of the 2019 Gwendolyn...
MLK Day: From Los Angeles to New York, Art Museums are Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Day: From Los Angeles to New York, Art Museums are Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., looks out at crowd in Montgomery, Ala., 1965 | Courtesy Stephen Somerstein   ART MUSEUMS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES are celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 21, the official federal King Day holiday. This year’s commemoration of King’s birthday marks 90 years since he was born...
Howardena Pindell is Now Represented by Victoria Miro Gallery

Howardena Pindell is Now Represented by Victoria Miro Gallery

VICTORIA MIRO has announced its representation of Howardena Pindell. The UK-based gallery is working with the multidiscplinary artist in collaboration with Garth Greenan Gallery, her rep in New York. Pindell’s first exhibition with Victoria Miro is planned for June 2019 in London. Focusing primarily on abstraction and conceptualism, Pindell engages with personal, political and social...
Shonda Rhimes Has Two Hughie Lee-Smith Paintings in the Study of Her L.A. Home

Shonda Rhimes Has Two Hughie Lee-Smith Paintings in the Study of Her L.A. Home

In her home study, Shonda Rhimes talks about Hughie Lee-Smith’s 1988 painting “Counterpoise.”   ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST publishes photos of spectacular, light-filled homes. The magazine’s latest feature focuses on the Los Angeles residence of Shonda Rhimes, an Italianate villa she recently renovated where paintings by Hughie Lee-Smith (1915-1999) hang in the study and living room. “His...
Culture Type: The Year in Black Art 2018

Culture Type: The Year in Black Art 2018

IN MANY WAYS, 2018 was a watershed year for black artists. Overdue recognition of art by African American artists and black artists from throughout the world, continued to grow among collectors, curators, critics, scholars, and gallery owners. There were many indicators of the ever-expanding institutional and market interest. European attention on African American artists rose....
Culture Type Picks: 18 Best Black Art Books of 2018

Culture Type Picks: 18 Best Black Art Books of 2018

The best illustrated black art books of 2018. | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine   THE INCREASED INTEREST among some museums in mounting exhibitions featuring the work of African American artists has translated into a growing number of catalogs published to document them, which is wonderful. Many of those catalogs made Culture Type’s 2018 list...
Washington's Government-Funded Museums are Closed in the Wake of Shutdown, Barring Visitors from Exhibitions of Dawoud Bey, Mark Bradford, Gordon Parks, and Others

Washington’s Government-Funded Museums are Closed in the Wake of Shutdown, Barring Visitors from Exhibitions of Dawoud Bey, Mark Bradford, Gordon Parks, and Others

Gordon Parks, Mrs. Ella Watson, Washington, D.C., July 1942   “DUE TO THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, all Smithsonian museums are closed.” The message is featured in a banner across the top of all of the institution’s websites. A similar message is posted on the doors of the museums, which closed to the public on Tuesday. The...
Next: 28 Art Curators to Watch Who Took on New Appointments in 2018

Next: 28 Art Curators to Watch Who Took on New Appointments in 2018

  A SELECT GROUP OF BLACK CURATORS is making significant contributions to the museum field—collaborating with artists, organizing important exhibitions, shaping collections and programming, and taking advantage of opportunities to lend their expertise beyond their institutions. Their representation is growing, slowly, but their presence and achievements remain rare. On the American museum front, among curators,...
Culture Talk: Collector Pamela Joyner on Why She Joined the Getty's Board and Her Strategy for Reframing the Art History Canon

Culture Talk: Collector Pamela Joyner on Why She Joined the Getty’s Board and Her Strategy for Reframing the Art History Canon

Collector and Philanthropist Pamela J. Joyner   THE J. PAUL GETTY TRUST announced the addition of Pamela J. Joyner to its board of trustees in February 2017. The influential philanthropist and art collector accepted the opportunity for one reason. She was intrigued by the possibilities of an ambitious idea the Getty Research Institute (GRI) was...
Culture Talk: Andrew Perchuk on How the Getty Research Institute's African American Art History Initiative Came Together

Culture Talk: Andrew Perchuk on How the Getty Research Institute’s African American Art History Initiative Came Together

Artist Betye Saar, 1970   THE J. PAUL GETTY TRUST dedicated resources to “recover the historical record of art in Southern California” in 2002. Nearly a decade later, the endeavor led to Pacific Standard Time, a region-wide collaboration with more than 60 institutions that resulted in a sweeping series of exhibitions, programs and publications exploring...
VMFA Announces 250 Acquisitions, Adding Hale Woodruff's 'The Banjo Player,' a Nick Cave Soundsuit, and KKK Mannequins by Paul Rucker to its Collection. But Where are the Women Artists?

VMFA Announces 250 Acquisitions, Adding Hale Woodruff’s ‘The Banjo Player,’ a Nick Cave Soundsuit, and KKK Mannequins by Paul Rucker to its Collection. But Where are the Women Artists?

Installation view (partial) of “Storm in a Time of Shelter” (2018) by Paul Rucker. | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine   ENCOUNTERING 52 MANNEQUINS outfitted in Ku Klux Klan-style hoods and robes is unsettling, to say the least, even when the racist get-ups are made from brightly colored and patterned fabrics, including kente cloth and...
Pittsburgh Artist Vanessa German Wins $200,000 Don Tyson Prize

Pittsburgh Artist Vanessa German Wins $200,000 Don Tyson Prize

Artist Vanessa L. German   THE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM of American Art announced the 2018 Don Tyson Prize has been awarded to visual and performance artist Vanessa L. German. The $200,000 biannual prize recognizes an individual artist or organization for exceptional achievement in American art. German was selected for “pushing boundaries and taking risks in...
Latest News in African American Art: Crenshaw Getting Outdoor Museum, Sotheby's Supports Black Film Exhibition, Shirley Chisholm Monument & More

Latest News in African American Art: Crenshaw Getting Outdoor Museum, Sotheby’s Supports Black Film Exhibition, Shirley Chisholm Monument & More

Rendering for Destination Crenshaw 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 initial renderings have been released for Destination Crenshaw, a public art experience envisioned as a celebration of black Los Angeles. Perkins + Will is designing the...