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The Printmaking Practice of Late Artist Emma Amos Was Expansive and Experimental and Her Output Will Endure

The Printmaking Practice of Late Artist Emma Amos Was Expansive and Experimental and Her Output Will Endure

  OFTEN DESCRIBED as the youngest and only female member of Spiral, the short-lived artist collective co-founded more than half a century ago by Romare Bearden, Charles Alston, Hale Woodruff, and Norman Lewis, Emma Amos (1937-2020) bridged that historic period and the current moment. Based in New York throughout her career, Amos died May 20...
Ghanaian Photographer Prince Gyasi: 'I Usually Tell Stories Through My iPhone Lens and With the Use of Color'

Ghanaian Photographer Prince Gyasi: ‘I Usually Tell Stories Through My iPhone Lens and With the Use of Color’

  TWENTY-FIVE YEAR OLDS are obsessed with their iPhones the world over. In this respect, Prince Gyasi is no different from his peers. It’s the nature of his obsession that sets him apart. He uses his phone to text and post on social media, but his main priority is taking pictures. Gyasi is an internationally...
Frieze New York: After Winning Last Year's Stand Prize With Photographer Ming Smith, Jenkins Johnson is Presenting Eclectic Mix of 10 Artists in Online Viewing Room

Frieze New York: After Winning Last Year’s Stand Prize With Photographer Ming Smith, Jenkins Johnson is Presenting Eclectic Mix of 10 Artists in Online Viewing Room

“America Seen Through Stars and Stripes, New York City” (1976) by Ming Smith   JENKINS JOHNSON GALLERY won the 2019 Stand Prize at Frieze New York for a presentation dedicated to pioneering photographer Ming Smith. Black-and-white photographs from the 1970s and 80s, including a self portrait, were displayed gallery-style throughout the booth. Smith’s subjects included...
Showcasing Works by Bob Thompson, Benny Andrews, and Robert Colescott, Here's What Michael Rosenfeld Gallery's Frieze New York Booth Would've Looked Like

Showcasing Works by Bob Thompson, Benny Andrews, and Robert Colescott, Here’s What Michael Rosenfeld Gallery’s Frieze New York Booth Would’ve Looked Like

  THE ARCHITECTURAL MODEL envisions what might have been. A large-scale painting by Bob Thompson (1937-1966) dominates an expansive wall on the exterior of the art fair booth. Painted three years before the artist’s death at age 28, “The Golden Ass” (1963) is a complex entanglement of silhouetted human and animal figures rendered in a...
Exploring Art Basel Viewing Rooms: Galleries are Displaying Works (and Prices) by Chris Ofili, McArthur Binion, Woody De Othello, Tschabalala Self, and Theaster Gates

Exploring Art Basel Viewing Rooms: Galleries are Displaying Works (and Prices) by Chris Ofili, McArthur Binion, Woody De Othello, Tschabalala Self, and Theaster Gates

  ART BASEL HONG KONG transitioned to an online experience this month. In the wake of COVID-19, exhibitions and art events have been canceled and postponed across the world. In response, the Hong Kong art fair never opened to the public and instead announced it would move forward as a digital-only experience, introducing online viewing...
As New Coronavirus Spreads, Art Fairs and Galleries Move to Digital Experiences 'In Response to Current Times'

As New Coronavirus Spreads, Art Fairs and Galleries Move to Digital Experiences ‘In Response to Current Times’

  PUBLIC LIFE has come to a virtual standstill in much of the United States and parts of Europe and Asia, amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Museums and art galleries are closed. Major events are canceled and art fairs are among the casualties. Earlier this month, The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in...
50 Years After His Death, William H. Johnson's Work is Showcased in Museum Exhibitions and Rare Solo Presentation by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

50 Years After His Death, William H. Johnson’s Work is Showcased in Museum Exhibitions and Rare Solo Presentation by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

  ACTIVE FOR ABOUT TWO DECADES, American artist William H. Johnson (1901-1970) made paintings in two distinct styles over the course of his career. Living in Europe from the mid-1920s to 30s, he developed a modern aesthetic making expressive and moody landscapes and later took an interest in folk art and what he called a...
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...