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Art Fairs
Frieze New York: Booth Prizes Go to Galleries Showing Works by Photographer Ming Smith and Artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase

Frieze New York: Booth Prizes Go to Galleries Showing Works by Photographer Ming Smith and Artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase

From left, Gallery owner Karen Jenkins-Johnson and Ming Smith surrounded by Smith’s photographs displayed at the Jenkins Johnson booth at Frieze New York. | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine   GALLERIES DISPLAYING WORKS by African American artists won both booth prizes at the latest edition of Frieze New York. Presenting works by pioneering photographer Ming...
Through a Global Lens: Exploring Works on View at the First-Ever Manhattan Edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Through a Global Lens: Exploring Works on View at the First-Ever Manhattan Edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

  NEW YORK, N.Y. — Talking about his work at the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York, French-born artist Henri Abraham Univers said he uses a series of repeating elements that unify his paintings. Whether his subject is a child soldier in the Ivory Coast, where he grew up, or more mundane themes,...
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair: Paintings by Nirit Takele and Henry 'Mzili' Mujunga Display Deft Use of Color

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair: Paintings by Nirit Takele and Henry ‘Mzili’ Mujunga Display Deft Use of Color

  NEW YORK, NY — One of the first booths visitors encountered at the latest edition of the 1:54 African Contemporary African Fair in New York displayed paintings by Nirit Takele and Henry “Mzili” Mujunga. While their work differs greatly, they have a common denominator. Both artists understand color and utilize it to great effect....
Scenes From Frieze New York: A Look at African American Art Throughout the Fair

Scenes From Frieze New York: A Look at African American Art Throughout the Fair

  NEW YORK, N.Y.— Frieze New York opens to the public today in Randall’s Island Park and runs through May 5. The eighth edition of the art fair features nearly 200 galleries from 26 countries. This year, there are plenty of opportunities to experience African American art and works by an international slate of black...
Frieze New York: Franklin Sirmans is Channeling Just Above Midtown Gallery and the Pioneering Vision of Linda Goode Bryant

Frieze New York: Franklin Sirmans is Channeling Just Above Midtown Gallery and the Pioneering Vision of Linda Goode Bryant

  JUST ABOVE MIDTOWN (JAM) was a solution to a problem. Linda Goode Bryant founded the New York City art gallery in 1974. When the city’s museums and art galleries were less than welcoming to black artists, Bryant didn’t see the point in protesting or advocating for inclusion. Why beg to be recognized, she thought,...
Recently On View: Florine Démosthène at Mariane Ibrahim, The Armory Show, New York City

Recently On View: Florine Démosthène at Mariane Ibrahim, The Armory Show, New York City

Works by Florine Démosthène at Mariane Ibrahim, The Armory Show 2019   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   AGAINST A GREEN BACKDROP, Mariane Ibrahim gallery showcased figurative works on paper by Florine Démosthène at The Armory Show earlier this month. The mixed-media collage works are composed of pigment, mylar, metallic leaf, and glitter....
The Armory Show: A Mini Survey of Faith Ringgold's Legendary Practice is on Display at ACA Galleries

The Armory Show: A Mini Survey of Faith Ringgold’s Legendary Practice is on Display at ACA Galleries

“Black Light Series #11: US America Black” (1969) by Faith Ringgold   ACA GALLERIES is showing for the first time at The Armory Show and the storied dealer has dedicated its entire booth to Faith Ringgold. There are three paintings from her Black Light Series (1967-69) on display, graphic political prints from the early 1970s,...
The Art Show: Henry Ossawa Tanner Takes the Spotlight at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

The Art Show: Henry Ossawa Tanner Takes the Spotlight at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

“Still-Life with Fruit” (circa 1910) by Henry Ossawa Tanner   MICHAEL ROSENFELD GALLERY has a deep inventory of paintings by African American artists active primarily in the 20th century. Over the past few years, the gallery has showcased a selection at The Art Show, focusing on black male artists. Organized by the Art Dealers Association...
Art on the Backlot: Scenes and Sales From the Inaugural Edition of Frieze Los Angeles

Art on the Backlot: Scenes and Sales From the Inaugural Edition of Frieze Los Angeles

  FRIEZE LANDED IN LOS ANGELES last week and it was a notable moment in the city. Established in 2003 in London, and expanded to New York in 2012, the contemporary art fair recognized a nexus of activity that has existed in Los Angeles for generations and gained institutional and market momentum over the past...
Frieze Los Angeles: Karon Davis Installation Reads Fantastical, But It Is About the Very Real Issue of School Violence

Frieze Los Angeles: Karon Davis Installation Reads Fantastical, But It Is About the Very Real Issue of School Violence

Installation view of “Game” (2019) by Karon Davis | Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze   OVER THE WEEKEND, the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles was held at Paramount Pictures Studios on the backlot where the streets and structures have the look and feel of New York City. The brick and stone...
Beyond Basel: Where to See, Buy, and Experience African and African American Art During Miami Art Week 2018

Beyond Basel: Where to See, Buy, and Experience African and African American Art During Miami Art Week 2018

Installations by Derrick Adams and Tavares Strachan, left background.   MIAMI ART WEEK is well underway and there are an overwhelming number of opportunities to socialize and see, buy, and experience art beyond Art Basel Miami Beach. A plethora of activities focused on artists of African descent continue this weekend. Many galleries participating in satellite...
Art Basel Miami Beach 2018: Select Galleries Throughout the Mega Fair are Showing Works By African and African American Artists, Here's Where to Find Them

Art Basel Miami Beach 2018: Select Galleries Throughout the Mega Fair are Showing Works By African and African American Artists, Here’s Where to Find Them

“In My Solitude” (2018) by Billie Zangewa at Blank Projects.   ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH (ABMB) opens to the public today. The 17th edition of the art fair features more than 250 galleries from 35 countries in the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center. The enthusiasm surrounding ABMB has infused the entire city over the...
After Debuting Two Major Public Art Works in New York, Derek Fordjour is Headed to Miami for a Solo Presentation at Art Basel

After Debuting Two Major Public Art Works in New York, Derek Fordjour is Headed to Miami for a Solo Presentation at Art Basel

“Derek Fordjour: Half Mast” (2018), outdoor installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art   WITH IMAGES OF MOURNING and celebration, Derek Fordjour is commanding the attention of New Yorkers. The artist’s work is the subject of two prominent public art installations in the city. Downtown, near the Whitney Museum of American Art and the...
Art X Lagos: More Than an Art Fair, a Platform for Pan-African Creativity

Art X Lagos: More Than an Art Fair, a Platform for Pan-African Creativity

  ARMED WITH DEGREES IN LAW AND BUSINESS, Tokini Peterside is an entrepreneur dedicated to art. She founded Art X Lagos in 2016. Peterside considers the international art fair a pan-African “platform” for artists rather than a mere art fair, envisioning the brand as an opportunity to work across the spectrum of the art world....