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Exhibitions
On View: 'Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers' at Somerset House, London

On View: ‘Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers’ at Somerset House, London

Installation view of “Get Up, Stand Up Now.” Shown, From left, Works by Yinka Shonibare and Sanford Biggers (in background). | Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Somerset House   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions A STUNNING ARRAY of works by more than 100 artists from Britain, the United States, and beyond, is on view at...
Portrait of 'Imara in Her Winter Coat' Earns Top Prize in UK Competition

Portrait of ‘Imara in Her Winter Coat’ Earns Top Prize in UK Competition

  A STRIKING PORTRAIT of a black woman was awarded first prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London. “Imara in Her Winter Coat” by Charlie Schaffer won the BP Portrait Award 2019. Imara’s eyes are cast downward, away from the viewer. The varied hues of her skin tone add depth to her facial features...
Leonardo Drew in New York: The Brooklyn-Based Artist Installed His First Public Art Project in Madison Square Park and is Showing New Works at Galerie Lelong

Leonardo Drew in New York: The Brooklyn-Based Artist Installed His First Public Art Project in Madison Square Park and is Showing New Works at Galerie Lelong

Artist Leonardo Drew in his Brooklyn studio.   WORKING IN HIS UNIQUE STUDIO SPACE in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, artist Leonardo Drew simultaneously produced work for two projects. He fabricated “City in the Grass,” which features a trio of towers rising from an abstracted cityscape grounded by a massive surface resembling a topographically patterned carpet. His...
Studio Museum in Harlem Artists-in-Residence Exhibition Opens at MoMA PS1

Studio Museum in Harlem Artists-in-Residence Exhibition Opens at MoMA PS1

From left, Artists Sable Elyse Smith, Allison Janae Hamilton, and Tschabalala Self   THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM Artists-in-Residence exhibition opened Sunday at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. Titled “MOOD,” the exhibition features 2018-19 artists Allison Janae Hamilton, Tschabalala Self, and Sable Elyse Smith. Here is how the museum describes the show: MOOD explores...
58th Venice Biennale: After Co-Organizing 'Soul of a Nation,' Zoé Whitley Was Tapped to Curate the British Pavilion

58th Venice Biennale: After Co-Organizing ‘Soul of a Nation,’ Zoé Whitley Was Tapped to Curate the British Pavilion

Curator Zoé Whitley   THE BRITISH PAVILION at the 58th Venice Biennale features a new body of work by Irish artist Cathy Wilkes. Conceptual and figurative sculptures, a spare selection of household objects, and abstracted landscape paintings are installed in a series of six pristine galleries flooded with natural light. She’s created narrative moments and...
Six Decades of Color: First Major Retrospective of Frank Bowling Opens at Tate Britain in London

Six Decades of Color: First Major Retrospective of Frank Bowling Opens at Tate Britain in London

    FROM ONE DECADE TO THE NEXT, one can never guess where Frank Bowling will take his painting. Where ever he goes, somehow it always looks like Bowling. Whether he is sewing silkscreen images of his mother’s house to canvases, stenciling silhouettes of Africa and South America against fields of color, or relying on...
Nari Ward in New York: The Artist's First Museum Survey in the City Showcases His Reinvention of Local Found Materials

Nari Ward in New York: The Artist’s First Museum Survey in the City Showcases His Reinvention of Local Found Materials

  EMPLOYING CARPETS left behind by the previous occupant of his Harlem studio, Nari Ward made an angel. He reinvented the carpets, cutting them down and forming tightly rolled segments, combining them with found plastic bags, plastic bottles, springs, wood screws, and rope, to create an airy, open-weave structure. He named the work “Carpet Angel.”...
Whitney Museum's 'Spilling Over' Exhibition Celebrates Color and Calls to Mind an Earlier Moment in Art History

Whitney Museum’s ‘Spilling Over’ Exhibition Celebrates Color and Calls to Mind an Earlier Moment in Art History

  INSTALLED ON THE EIGHTH FLOOR of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, a group exhibition celebrates color. “Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s” considers the technical, formal, and substantive possibilities of painting with bold, neon, and saturated hues. Drawing exclusively on the Whitney Museum’s collection, the show brings together 18...
On View: 'Denzil Forrester: A Survey' at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

On View: ‘Denzil Forrester: A Survey’ at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions THE PULSATING RHYTHMS and dynamic energy of London’s reggae and dub nightclub scene in the early 1980s are palpable in the work of Denzil Forrester. His large-scale paintings are characterized by “vivid color, gestural brushstrokes, and frenetic compositions.” Spanning the four decades (1978-2019), new and historic works...
Coming Soon: 'The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement' at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Coming Soon: ‘The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement’ at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

  THE TITLE OF A FORTHCOMING exhibition at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., is derived from Isabel Wilkerson’s critically acclaimed book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” The volume documents the migration of African Americans in the United States from the Jim Crow South to the industrial North...
On View: 'David Driskell: Resonance, Paintings 1965-2002' at DC Moore Gallery, New York

On View: ‘David Driskell: Resonance, Paintings 1965-2002’ at DC Moore Gallery, New York

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions DC MOORE GALLERY is presenting a nearly four-decade survey of David Driskell, the renowned artist, curator, art historian, and educator. The paintings, large and small, reflect the expanse of his interests, travels, and experiences. Driskell, 87, draws on a range of styles and techniques, from figuration and...
Artist Vivian Browne's Tantrum-Throwing Subjects Epitomize White-Male Privilege

Artist Vivian Browne’s Tantrum-Throwing Subjects Epitomize White-Male Privilege

“Seven Deadly Sins” (c. 1968) by Vivian Browne   WHEN AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS were weighing issues of race and representation in the 1960s, Vivian Browne (1929-1993) went in a unique direction. She began making drawings and paintings of white men in various states of rant, rage, and rebellion. Their white dress shirts and neckties indicate...
Post-World Politics: Rushern Baker IV's Bold Abstractions are Fraught with Urgency and Anxiety

Post-World Politics: Rushern Baker IV’s Bold Abstractions are Fraught with Urgency and Anxiety

  FOR HIS FIRST EXHIBITION at Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., Rushern Baker IV is presenting new paintings made between 2017 and 2019. Drawing on the current political climate, the works are fraught with urgency and anxiety. The unease is unrelenting. Baker’s energetic and frenetic abstractions invoke a range of concerns, from the perils...
Artist Deborah Roberts Joined Vielmetter Los Angeles and Has an Exhibition at Gallery's New Downtown Space

Artist Deborah Roberts Joined Vielmetter Los Angeles and Has an Exhibition at Gallery’s New Downtown Space

Deborah Roberts is presenting “Native Sons: Many thousands gone” at Vielmetter Los Angeles   VIELMETTER LOS ANGELES announced its representation of Deborah Roberts in late February and her first exhibition with the gallery opened last week. Roberts is known primarily for her collage on paper works. The Austin, Texas-based artist makes abstracted representations of black...