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Art Fairs
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....
Robert Colescott at FIAC: An American Painter Reflects on Cultural Shift Witnessed in Late 1960s Paris

Robert Colescott at FIAC: An American Painter Reflects on Cultural Shift Witnessed in Late 1960s Paris

  BLUM & POE GALLERY is presenting a selection of paintings and drawings made about a half a century ago by Robert Colescott (1925-2009) at this year’s FIAC fair, the International Fair of Contemporary Art at the Grand Palais in Paris (Oct. 18-21). The display is the artist’s first solo show in France and presents...
1-54 London: Contemporary African Art Fair Pairs Gallery Presentations with Robust Lineup of Artist Talks

1-54 London: Contemporary African Art Fair Pairs Gallery Presentations with Robust Lineup of Artist Talks

  THREE TREES HAVE SPROUTED in the courtyard at Somerset House where the latest edition of 1-54 London is underway. The installation is by acclaimed Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi, one of the most critically recognized figures in African and Arab Modernism. “Meditation Tree” is part of his ongoing investigation into the tree/body metaphor and references...
Frieze London: Black Artists, Women in Particular, are Notably Present in Select Programming and Exhibitions

Frieze London: Black Artists, Women in Particular, are Notably Present in Select Programming and Exhibitions

“Untitled” (1998) by Berni Searle   FRIEZE LONDON AND FRIEZE MASTERS officially open to the public today and black women are notably present. This afternoon, artist Julie Mehretu will be in conversation with Thelma Golden of the Studio Museum in Harlem. The conversation is part of Frieze Masters Talks, which is focusing on women speakers...
Lauren Haynes to Curate Focus Section of 2019 Armory Show

Lauren Haynes to Curate Focus Section of 2019 Armory Show

Curator Lauren Haynes   THE CURATORIAL TEAM for the 2019 Armory Show was announced this week. Lauren Haynes is curating the New York City art fair’s Focus section, which is “devoted to solo- and dual-artist presentations by relevant and compelling artists.” This year, Ryan Lee Gallery presented a solo show of works by Emma Amos...
Basel and Beyond: Overdue Recognition of African American Artists at Home is Generating Unprecedented Curatorial and Collector Interest Throughout Europe

Basel and Beyond: Overdue Recognition of African American Artists at Home is Generating Unprecedented Curatorial and Collector Interest Throughout Europe

“The Music of Color: Sam Gilliam, 1967-1973” recently opened in Basel, Switzerland.   THE GALLERIES OF KUNSTMUSEUM BASEL are alive with color in the form of 45 abstract paintings by Sam Gilliam. “The Music of Color: Sam Gilliam, 1967-1973” is the Washington, D.C.-based artist’s first retrospective exhibition in a European museum. The show is devoted...