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On View: 'Diedrick Brackens: Blood Compass' at Jack Shainman Gallery Presents Poetic, Painterly Weavings Made Over Past 6 Years

On View: ‘Diedrick Brackens: Blood Compass’ at Jack Shainman Gallery Presents Poetic, Painterly Weavings Made Over Past 6 Years

On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   Installation view of DIEDRICK BRACKENS, “forks of the creek,” 2023 (cotton and acrylic yarn, 86 x 156 inches), “Diedrick Brackens: blood compass,” Jack Shainman Gallery, 46 Lafayette Street, New York, N.Y., 2024. | © Diedrick Brackens. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York   THE...
First Museum Survey of LaToya Ruby Frazier Showcases Array of Photo-Based Projects, Bringing Attention to Communities in Crisis Fighting for Basic Human Rights

First Museum Survey of LaToya Ruby Frazier Showcases Array of Photo-Based Projects, Bringing Attention to Communities in Crisis Fighting for Basic Human Rights

LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER, Sandra Gould Ford Wearing Her Work Jacket and Hard Hat in Her Meditation Room in Homewood, PA from On the Making of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford, 2017. | © 2023 LaToya Ruby Frazier, Courtesy the artist and Gladstone gallery   BLENDING PHOTOGRAPHY AND ACTIVISM, LaToya Ruby Frazier’s singular practice is political,...
On View: 'Nordic Utopia? African Americans in the 20th Century' Features Works by William H. Johnson, Herbert Gentry, and Walter Williams at Nordic Museum in Seattle

On View: ‘Nordic Utopia? African Americans in the 20th Century’ Features Works by William H. Johnson, Herbert Gentry, and Walter Williams at Nordic Museum in Seattle

On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   WILLIAM H. JOHNSON, “Sunset, Denmark,” circa 1935-38 (oil on canvas). | Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.818   A SURGE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS went to Paris in the 1920s and 30s and a second wave arrived in the post-World War II era....
On View: 'Jean-Michel Basquiat: Made on Market Street' at Gagosian Beverly Hills, Explores Artist's Early 1980s Experience in Los Angeles

On View: ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat: Made on Market Street’ at Gagosian Beverly Hills, Explores Artist’s Early 1980s Experience in Los Angeles

On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   Installation view of “Jean-Michel Basquiat: Made on Market Street,” 2024, Gagosian Beverly Hills. | Artwork © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo by Jeff McLane, Courtesy Gagosian   BORN IN BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) found his footing in the New York art...
On View: 'Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe: Hall of Fame' at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles, Portrait Artist Explores Cultural History of Boxing in Ghana

On View: ‘Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe: Hall of Fame’ at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles, Portrait Artist Explores Cultural History of Boxing in Ghana

On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   Installation view of “Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe: Hall of Fame,” Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, Calif., 2024. | Courtesy the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles. Photo by Paul Salveson   THE POWERFUL PORTRAITS of Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe (b. 1988) are exercises in symbolism, leaning on brilliant...
On View:  Monumental Sculptures by Zizipho Poswa at Southern Guild in Los Angeles 'Channel Socio-Cultural and Spiritual Elements That Underpin African Creation'

On View: Monumental Sculptures by Zizipho Poswa at Southern Guild in Los Angeles ‘Channel Socio-Cultural and Spiritual Elements That Underpin African Creation’

Installation view of “Zizipho Poswa: Indyebo yakwaNtu (Black Bounty),” Southern Guild, Los Angeles, Calif., 2024. | Courtesy Southern Guild   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   GRACEFUL AND BOLD, the ceramic and bronze sculptures of South African artist Zizipho Poswa celebrate African womanhood. A testament to her matrilineal heritage, the works invoke contemporary...
New York Museums are Showcasing African American Art, From the Harlem Renaissance to Contemporary Figuration, Sonya Clark, Lyle Ashton Harris & More

New York Museums are Showcasing African American Art, From the Harlem Renaissance to Contemporary Figuration, Sonya Clark, Lyle Ashton Harris & More

FROM MANHATTAN to Brooklyn and Queens, art museums are presenting important exhibitions of African American artists this spring. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism” offers a rare opportunity to see an array of works by prominent 20th century figures, including Aaron Douglas, Laura Wheeler Waring, William H. Johnson, Archibald...
Mary Lovelace O'Neal's Alluring New Paintings Were 'Made in Mexico By Hand'

Mary Lovelace O’Neal’s Alluring New Paintings Were ‘Made in Mexico By Hand’

MARY LOVELACE O’NEAL, “Won—By a Nose,” 2021-23 WON–BY A NOSE, 2021-2023 (acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 7 x 10 feet, Diptych 2). | Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery   A SYMPHONY OF COLOR AND GESTURE, the abstract paintings of Mary Lovelace O’Neal (b. 1942) are personal and political, serious and joyful. The...
Coming Soon: SFMOMA Will Present Largest-Ever Exhibition of Amy Sherald, Artist Known for Poetic Portraits

Coming Soon: SFMOMA Will Present Largest-Ever Exhibition of Amy Sherald, Artist Known for Poetic Portraits

AMY SHERALD, “For love, and for country,” 2022 (oil on linen, 313 x 236.5 x 6.4 cm / 123 1/4 x 93 1/8 x 2 1/2 inches). | San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Amy Sherald; photo: Joseph Hyde, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth   THE FIRST MID-CAREER SURVEY of Amy Sherald...
Benjamin Wigfall and Communications Village: Career-Spanning Exhibition Explores Artist's Biography, Practice, and Creative Community He Nurtured

Benjamin Wigfall and Communications Village: Career-Spanning Exhibition Explores Artist’s Biography, Practice, and Creative Community He Nurtured

Installation view of “Benjamin Wigfall and Communications Village” (2023-24), Torggler Fine Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va. | Courtesy the Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center, Photography by Echard Wheeler   THE FIRST RETROSPECTIVE of artist, curator, and educator Benjamin Wigfall (1930-2017) is a tour de force shedding light on an important artist...
Hidden Gems: U.S. Museums are Showcasing 5 Significant, Yet Under-Known Artists Whose Practices Warrant Broader Attention

Hidden Gems: U.S. Museums are Showcasing 5 Significant, Yet Under-Known Artists Whose Practices Warrant Broader Attention

THE LYMAN ALLYN ART MUSEUM is adjacent to Connecticut College in New London, Conn. Barkley L. Hendricks taught at the school for nearly four decades and last year the museum presented a survey of the late artist who is highly regarded for his striking portraits. This year, Lyman Allyn is showing works by Norma Morgan,...
Looking Ahead: Jennie C. Jones is Taking on Metropolitan Museum of Art's Rooftop Garden Commission in 2025

Looking Ahead: Jennie C. Jones is Taking on Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Rooftop Garden Commission in 2025

THE ROOF GARDEN of The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers majestic, panoramic views of the New York City skyline. Each year, the museum selects an artist to create a rooftop installation that highlights their practice, engages with The Met collection, and responds to the picturesque outdoor space. The project provides the encyclopedic museum with a...
2024 Tate Britain Commission Goes to Artist Alvaro Barrington: 'My Mind Has Been Spinning Since I First Got Invited to Do It'

2024 Tate Britain Commission Goes to Artist Alvaro Barrington: ‘My Mind Has Been Spinning Since I First Got Invited to Do It’

TATE BRITAIN selected Alvaro Barrington (b.1983) for the next Tate Britain Commission. The annual commission is a site-specific work presented in the grand neo-classical Duveen Galleries of the London museum. Exploring themes of “place and belonging,” Barrington’s installation opens May 26. “We are thrilled that Alvaro Barrington is taking on this year’s Tate Britain Commission....
Cauleen Smith is Shining a Light on the Powerful Poetry of Wanda Coleman and the Contours of Los Angeles that Inspired Her

Cauleen Smith is Shining a Light on the Powerful Poetry of Wanda Coleman and the Contours of Los Angeles that Inspired Her

CAULEEN SMITH, Still from “The Wanda Coleman Songbook,” 2024. The installation is accompanied by limited-edition soundtrack with contributions by Kelsey Lu, Shala Miller, moor mother and Aquiles Navarro, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jeff Parker and Ruby Parker, Alice Smith, and Jamila Woods and Standing on the Corner. | © Cauleen Smith. Courtesy the artist and 52 Walker,...
Painter Sam Gilliam Remained Highly Productive in His Last Five Years, 'He Was Talking About Freedom, Expression, and Commitment to Abstract Art'

Painter Sam Gilliam Remained Highly Productive in His Last Five Years, ‘He Was Talking About Freedom, Expression, and Commitment to Abstract Art’

Installation view of “Sam Gilliam: The Last Five Years” at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition features a symphony of drape paintings made by the artist in 2018. | Courtesy David Kordansky Gallery   IN LOS ANGELES, a symphony of color-soaked canvases are suspended from the ceiling of the South Gallery at David...
New York: Closing Soon, 5 Gallery Shows Feature Works by Theaster Gates, Nathaniel Oliver, Tuli Mekondjo, Richmond Barthé, Christopher Udemezue, and Gerald Lovell

New York: Closing Soon, 5 Gallery Shows Feature Works by Theaster Gates, Nathaniel Oliver, Tuli Mekondjo, Richmond Barthé, Christopher Udemezue, and Gerald Lovell

FIVE GALLERY EXHIBITIONS, on view in New York City, explore similar themes—personal narratives and collective histories—across a wide variety of mediums and styles. Theaster Gates is presenting sculptures and conceptual installations. Nathaniel Oliver and Gerald Lovell make figurative paintings. Tuli Mekondjo’s textiles are mixed-media hanging works. Meanwhile, Richmond Barthé’s modernist sculptures are in conversation with...
Black Art History: 10 U.S. Museums are Exploring African American Art with an Array of Themed Exhibitions

Black Art History: 10 U.S. Museums are Exploring African American Art with an Array of Themed Exhibitions

MUSEUMS ACROSS THE NATION are surveying more than 150 years of African African American art. Coinciding with Black History Month, the exhibitions engage a spectrum of themes, presenting an expansive look at Black artistic production. From Sacramento, Calif., to Cincinnati, Ohio, Charlotte, N.C., and New York City, the exhibitions highlight the work of women artists,...
What to Look Forward to in 2024: 30 Exhibitions, Books, and Events Focused on African American Artists

What to Look Forward to in 2024: 30 Exhibitions, Books, and Events Focused on African American Artists

THE YEAR AHEAD is brimming with unprecedented opportunities to explore the work of historic and contemporary artists. Among the most anticipated are landmark surveys of Sargent Claude Johnson, the first Black artist active in California to gain national renown, and Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, the first woman of color to graduate from the Rhode Island School...
Coming Soon: First International Exhibition of Mickalene Thomas Opens at The Broad in Los Angeles Next Spring, Then Travels to Museums in Philadelphia and London

Coming Soon: First International Exhibition of Mickalene Thomas Opens at The Broad in Los Angeles Next Spring, Then Travels to Museums in Philadelphia and London

MICKALENE THOMAS (b. 1971), “Din avec la main dans le miroir et jupe rouge,” 2023 (rhinestones, acrylic and glitter on canvas mounted on wood panel, 90 x 110 inches /228.6 x 279.4 cm). | © Mickalene Thomas   A MAJOR TRAVELING EXHIBITION of Mickalene Thomas is launching next spring. “Mickalene Thomas: All About Love” opens...
Forthcoming: First Career Retrospective of Stanley Whitney Opens at Buffalo AKG Art Museum in February, Exhibition Charts Five Decades of Abstraction

Forthcoming: First Career Retrospective of Stanley Whitney Opens at Buffalo AKG Art Museum in February, Exhibition Charts Five Decades of Abstraction

Stanley Whitney in his studio, Ridgewood, Queens, 2017. | Photo by Katherine McMahon   THE FIRST RETROSPECTIVE of Stanley Whitney opens at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum on Feb. 9, 2024. “Stanley Whitney: How High the Moon” will chart the artist’s five-decade career, enduring investigation of color, and evolving approach to abstraction. Following the presentation...