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Sandra Jackson-Dumont Appointed Director and CEO of Forthcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles

Sandra Jackson-Dumont Appointed Director and CEO of Forthcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles

  THE LUCAS MUSEUM of Narrative Art in Los Angeles has tapped Sandra Jackson-Dumont as its new director and CEO. Envisioned by billionaire philanthropist and legendary filmmaker George Lucas, the focus of the Lucas Museum is visual storytelling through filmmaking and a variety of other artistic mediums, including painting and photography. The museum is currently...
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Has Acquired Nearly 3,000 Quilts by African American Artists, a Posthumous Gift From Collector Eli Leon

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Has Acquired Nearly 3,000 Quilts by African American Artists, a Posthumous Gift From Collector Eli Leon

Untitled 1996 quilt by Rosie Lee Tompkins   OVER THE COURSE of three decades, Eli Leon assembled a collection of nearly 3,000 quilts by both well-known and little-known African American artists. Leon died last year and through a posthumous bequest, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) has acquired the unparalled collection....
On View: 'Utopian Imagination' at Ford Foundation Gallery in New York

On View: ‘Utopian Imagination’ at Ford Foundation Gallery in New York

On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions GIVEN THE PERILS of the contemporary world, how do artists envision the future? “Utopian Imagination” at the Ford Foundation Gallery brings together 13 international artists whose works—spanning sculpture, photography, and film—suggest how we all might exist and persist on a planet under threat from natural and man-made forces....
Jessica Bell Brown Has Been Hired by the Baltimore Museum of Art as Associate Curator for Contemporary Art

Jessica Bell Brown Has Been Hired by the Baltimore Museum of Art as Associate Curator for Contemporary Art

  THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART is expanding its contemporary art department, hiring Jessica Bell Brown and Leila Grothe as associate curators. They are joining a growing team of female curators at BMA led by chief curator Asma Naeem and fortified by senior research and programming curator Katy Siegel. A New York-based writer, curator, and...
Writer Roxane Gay Weighs in on Kara Walker's Work at the New MoMA: 'It's Important that You Don't Look Away'

Writer Roxane Gay Weighs in on Kara Walker’s Work at the New MoMA: ‘It’s Important that You Don’t Look Away’

  IN ANTICIPATION OF ITS REOPENING, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York asked writer Roxane Gay to select a work of art from its collection and discuss what she sees in it. She chose “Christ’s Entry Into Journalism” (2017) by Kara Walker. “She has managed in a series of figures to depict...
New York Now: Fall Exhibitions Feature Amy Sherald, Roy DeCarava, Wangechi Mutu, Melvin Edwards, Alvin Baltrop, and Ed Clark, Plus Betye Saar and Pope.L at the New MoMA

New York Now: Fall Exhibitions Feature Amy Sherald, Roy DeCarava, Wangechi Mutu, Melvin Edwards, Alvin Baltrop, and Ed Clark, Plus Betye Saar and Pope.L at the New MoMA

Installation view of Betye Saar at Museum of Modern Art   FALL IN NEW YORK CITY is always a time of renewal and fresh new perspectives when it comes what’s next and relevant in art. This season there are an exceptional number of opportunities to experience the work of African American artists in museums, galleries,...
Painter Ed Clark, 93, a Pioneering Figure in Post-War Abstraction, Has Died

Painter Ed Clark, 93, a Pioneering Figure in Post-War Abstraction, Has Died

Artist Ed Clark (1926-2019)   A SINGULAR FIGURE in post-war Abstraction, Ed Clark (1926-2019) died Oct. 18 in Detroit. He was 93. Clark is recognized for his innovation, experimentation, and seductive use of color. Over seven decades, he built a practice influenced by his education in Chicago and Paris, exposure to European modernists, and a...
Latest News in African American Art: Arthur Jafa Wins PIAC, Black Last Supper Uncovered, Firelei Báez at ICA Boston, Nick Cave Among 'Greats,' Simone Leigh Acquisition & More

Latest News in African American Art: Arthur Jafa Wins PIAC, Black Last Supper Uncovered, Firelei Báez at ICA Boston, Nick Cave Among ‘Greats,’ Simone Leigh Acquisition & More

Last Supper by Akili Ron Anderson. | Photo by Evy Mages, Courtesy the photographer   The following review presents a snapshot of recent news in African American art and related black culture:   NEWS A construction crew made a monumental discovery earlier this month. A black Last Supper frieze was found behind drywall at a...
Dwight A. McBride Named First Black President of The New School in New York

Dwight A. McBride Named First Black President of The New School in New York

A CENTURY AFTER ITS FOUNDING, the New School has appointed its first black president and the first person of color to lead the institution. Dwight A. McBride will serve as the ninth president of the New School, which regards itself as a nexus for scholars, artists, and designers. Established in 1919, the New York City...
Saint Louis Art Museum Has Acquired 'Seated Woman,' Elizabeth Catlett's Record-Setting Sculpture

Saint Louis Art Museum Has Acquired ‘Seated Woman,’ Elizabeth Catlett’s Record-Setting Sculpture

  A CARVED MAHOGANY sculpture by Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) set a new artist record in New York this week. “Seated Woman” (1962) sold for $389,000 (fees included) at Swann Auction Galleries African-American Fine Art sale on Oct. 8. “Elizabeth Catlett was especially deserving of a new record, and ‘Seated Woman’ was the perfect work to...
Latest News in African American Art: Artist Selection for J. Marion Sims Replacement Monument Goes Sideways, 2021 Whitney Biennial Curators Announced & More

Latest News in African American Art: Artist Selection for J. Marion Sims Replacement Monument Goes Sideways, 2021 Whitney Biennial Curators Announced & More

VINNIE BAGWELL, Rendering for “Victory Beyond Sims,” 2019. Bagwell’s proposal envisioning a “majestic angel” to replace the Central Park monument to J. Marion Sims was favored by representatives of the community and ultimately emerged as the city’s official choice. | Courtesy the artist   ACQUISITIONS Eleven works from South African artist Zanele Muholi‘s “Faces and...
Black Artists are Headlining Exhibitions Throughout the UK This Fall, 24 Feature the Likes of Kara Walker, Lina Iris Viktor, Mark Bradford, and Otobong Nkanga

Black Artists are Headlining Exhibitions Throughout the UK This Fall, 24 Feature the Likes of Kara Walker, Lina Iris Viktor, Mark Bradford, and Otobong Nkanga

  OCTOBER IN THE UK is black history month. It’s also a significant month when it comes to art this year. Throughout this month, and the rest of the fall season, there are many opportunities to experience the work of emerging and established figures. Black artists are headlining exhibitions at museums and galleries in London,...
Paintings by Hurvin Anderson and Mark Bradford Among Top Lots at Phillips London Evening Sale, New Records Set by Simone Leigh and Derek Fordjour

Paintings by Hurvin Anderson and Mark Bradford Among Top Lots at Phillips London Evening Sale, New Records Set by Simone Leigh and Derek Fordjour

  FAMILY EXPERIENCES inspire much of Hurvin Anderson‘s work. A mix of figuration and abstraction his paintings draw on memory and often depict specific places and singular moments. Anderson’s sister emigrated to Canada from the UK. “Beaver Lake” (1998) portrays her and her child at the Alberta lake. Made early in the artist’s career, “Beaver...
Fast-Rising Artist Derek Fordjour Set a New Auction Record at Phillips New York

Fast-Rising Artist Derek Fordjour Set a New Auction Record at Phillips New York

  PHILLIPS BEGAN the fall auction season with its New Now sale and the results yielded an artist record for Derek Fordjour. “Agency and Regulation (study)” (2016) was estimated to sell for $40,000-$60,000, and the painting more than doubled high expectations reaching $137,500 (fees included). The new benchmark was established Sept. 24 in New York....