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Simone Leigh Opens Much-Anticipated, Historic Exhibition at Venice Biennale, Becomes First Black Female Artist to Present Solo Show in U.S. Pavilion

Simone Leigh Opens Much-Anticipated, Historic Exhibition at Venice Biennale, Becomes First Black Female Artist to Present Solo Show in U.S. Pavilion

Venice Biennale: “Simone Leigh: Sovereignty,” U.S. Pavilion, 2022   A TOWERING SCULPTURE pays homage to the ritual performances of the Baga peoples of the Guinea coast. Face jugs made by enslaved and free African Americans in the Edgefield District of South Carolina inspired a five-foot-tall vessel embellished with outsized forms that read as cowrie shells....
On View: See Images of Akinsanya Kambon's Pan-African Inspired Ceramic Sculptures at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City

On View: See Images of Akinsanya Kambon’s Pan-African Inspired Ceramic Sculptures at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City

Ceramic works by Akinsanya Kambon at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   MAKING HIS SOLO DEBUT in New York City, Akinsanya Kambon is presenting figurative sculptures and wall reliefs at Jack Shainman Gallery. The ceramic works were made using an American raku firing technique, creating...
'Black American Portraits' Showcases 140 Artworks, Two Centuries of Representation Across Geographies and Diverse Practices

‘Black American Portraits’ Showcases 140 Artworks, Two Centuries of Representation Across Geographies and Diverse Practices

Installation view of “Black American Portraits,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art   THE OBAMA PORTRAITS were such a hit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the museum launched a multi-city tour to give people throughout the country a chance to see the historic paintings. Kehinde Wiley‘s portrait of President Barack Obama...
On View: See Images From 'Hew Locke: The Procession,' New Tate Britain Commission in London is Parade Through Time, Geography, and Cultures

On View: See Images From ‘Hew Locke: The Procession,’ New Tate Britain Commission in London is Parade Through Time, Geography, and Cultures

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A NEW LARGE-SCALE INSTALLATION by Hew Locke, “The Procession” features nearly 150 life-sized figures outfitted in hand-made garments and masks. The latest Tate Britain Commission is a sculptural gumbo evoking celebration, sorrow, and world events across time—from slavery to climate change, the Black Lives Matter Movement,...
On View: See Images From 'David Driskell: Mystery of the Masks,' Exhibition Explores Recurring Symbol in Artist's Practice at DC Moore Gallery in New York

On View: See Images From ‘David Driskell: Mystery of the Masks,’ Exhibition Explores Recurring Symbol in Artist’s Practice at DC Moore Gallery in New York

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A RENOWNED SCHOLAR of African American art, David Driskell (1931-2020) had a deep interest in African Art, which he was introduced to when he was a student at Howard University. More than a dozen years later, in 1969-70 and 1972, when he was a professor of...
On View: See Images From 'Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities' Exhibition at Harvard Art Museums

On View: See Images From ‘Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities’ Exhibition at Harvard Art Museums

Installation view of “Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities” at Harvard Art Museums   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THROUGH COLLABORATION AND EXPERIMENTATION, master printers and a diverse slate of artists have been producing new works at Brandywine Workshop and Archives for half a century. The Philadelphia organization was...
On View: See Images From 'A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking,' Group Exhibition of Women Artists at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York

On View: See Images From ‘A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking,’ Group Exhibition of Women Artists at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York

“Octoroon (Constance)” (2021) by Ann Johnson   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A SPECTRUM OF METHODS, techniques, and narratives employed and explored by Black women printmakers is on view at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York. “A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking” showcases 21 works by nine contemporary printmakers: Tanekeya Word,...
On View: See Images From 'Black Dolls,' Exhibition at New-York Historical Society Presents Unique View of Race, Representation, and Play

On View: See Images From ‘Black Dolls,’ Exhibition at New-York Historical Society Presents Unique View of Race, Representation, and Play

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   AFTER HER BRAVE AND HARROWING ESCAPE from enslavement, Harriet Jacobs was employed in New York by Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867), a white, well-paid writer and magazine editor who worked with Edgar Allan Poe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Jacobs, who titled her 1861 autobiography “Incidents in the...
Allan Rohan Crite Produced a Vast Body of Religious-Themed Works, a New Exhibition Connects His Artistic Expression to His Faith

Allan Rohan Crite Produced a Vast Body of Religious-Themed Works, a New Exhibition Connects His Artistic Expression to His Faith

  A PROLIFIC AND BELOVED BOSTON ARTIST, Allan Rohan Crite (1910-2007) was a life-long Episcopalian who described himself as a storyteller. He made paintings about African American life in Roxbury and Boston’s South End before dedicating himself primarily to works with religious themes. Crite illustrated hymns, Bible stories, and liturgical scenes, populating his narratives with...
Shirley Woodson, Legend in Detroit Arts Community, is Presenting Her First Solo Exhibition at Detroit Institute of Arts

Shirley Woodson, Legend in Detroit Arts Community, is Presenting Her First Solo Exhibition at Detroit Institute of Arts

“I’ll Be Watching You No. 1” (1987) by Shirley Woodson   THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS (DIA) is showcasing large, vibrant paintings by Shirley Woodson featuring Black figures immersed in the Nile River. The images reference the mythical qualities of the storied African river and notions that its water provides bathers with nurturing and restorative...
Culture Talk: Hilton Als Sheds Light on His Toni Morrison Exhibition, 'I Wanted to Do This Homage to Her and Talk About Visual Culture Through the Lens of The Black Book'

Culture Talk: Hilton Als Sheds Light on His Toni Morrison Exhibition, ‘I Wanted to Do This Homage to Her and Talk About Visual Culture Through the Lens of The Black Book’

  ‘TONI MORRISON’S BLACK BOOK,’ the latest exhibition curated by Hilton Als at David Zwirner Gallery in New York, is a love letter to the renowned author and editor. “I wanted to not only do this homage to her, but I wanted to talk about visual culture through the lens of “The Black Book” and...
On View: See Images From 'Syd Carpenter: Earth Offerings, Honoring the Gardeners,' Exhibition of New Ceramic Sculptures at Rowan University Art Gallery in New Jersey

On View: See Images From ‘Syd Carpenter: Earth Offerings, Honoring the Gardeners,’ Exhibition of New Ceramic Sculptures at Rowan University Art Gallery in New Jersey

“Farm Bowl with Orchard” (2022) by Syd Carpenter   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE LEGACY OF BLACK FARMERS inspired a new series of ceramic sculptures by Syd Carpenter. The works are presented in “Earth Offerings: Honoring the Gardeners” at Rowan University Art Gallery. Carpenter has a passion for gardening that she...
On View: See Images From 'Jennifer Packer: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep,' Artist's First West Coast Exhibition at MOCA Los Angeles

On View: See Images From ‘Jennifer Packer: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep,’ Artist’s First West Coast Exhibition at MOCA Los Angeles

Installation view of “Jennifer Packer: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep” at MOCA Los Angeles   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   NEW YORK-BASED Jennifer Packer makes lyrical portraits and allegorical tableaux, including floral still lifes, funerary bouquets commemorating loss. In its final days, “Jennifer Packer: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep” at the Museum...
Beyond Frieze: 18 Los Angeles-Area Museum Exhibitions Are Showcasing Works by Spectrum of Black Artists

Beyond Frieze: 18 Los Angeles-Area Museum Exhibitions Are Showcasing Works by Spectrum of Black Artists

  THE ART WORLD is increasingly drawn to Greater Los Angeles, where the vibrant cultural landscape continues to transform. New art museums and a new wave of commercial galleries are establishing roots and a major art fair has a committed audience. The Orange County Museum of Art is inaugurating a new building in a new...
On View: See Images From 'Rachel Eulena Williams: Joy and Rain,' Exhibition Features New Sculptural Paintings at Xavier Hufkens Gallery in Brussels

On View: See Images From ‘Rachel Eulena Williams: Joy and Rain,’ Exhibition Features New Sculptural Paintings at Xavier Hufkens Gallery in Brussels

“Two on Fire” (2021) by Rachel Eulena Williams   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A NEW BODY of three-dimensional paintings by Rachel Eulena Williams is on view at Xavier Hufkens Gallery in Brussels. “Joy and Rain” features 13 paintings made in 2021, including five tondos. Williams begins each work with untreated cotton...
On View: See Images From 'Sydney Cain: Dust to Dust,' Artist's First Solo Exhibition at Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco

On View: See Images From ‘Sydney Cain: Dust to Dust,’ Artist’s First Solo Exhibition at Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco

“I Am Everywhere (Sassafras)” (2021) by Sydney Cain   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   SAN FRANCISCO ARTIST Sydney Cain is presenting a series of large- and small-scale drawings at Rena Bransten Gallery. Employing figurative representation, the new works explore Black myth, ancestral memory, and liminal spaces. “Sydney Cain: Dust to Dust” is...
On View: See Images From 'Winner Takes All,' Emerging Artist Exhibition Co-Curated by Amoako Boafo and Larry Ossei-Mensah at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York

On View: See Images From ‘Winner Takes All,’ Emerging Artist Exhibition Co-Curated by Amoako Boafo and Larry Ossei-Mensah at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York

Installation view of works by APLERH-DOKU BORLABI (left and right) and ZEH PALITO (center).   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A GROUP EXHIBITION, “Winner Takes All” features an international slate of nine emerging painters who express themselves through figuration: Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross, Jessica Alazraki, Aplerh-Doku Borlabi, YoYo Lander, Anoushka Mirchandani, Zéh Palito, Adjei...
On View: See Images From 'Jennie C. Jones: Dynamics,' Exhibition of New Visual and Sound Works at Guggenheim Museum in New York

On View: See Images From ‘Jennie C. Jones: Dynamics,’ Exhibition of New Visual and Sound Works at Guggenheim Museum in New York

Detail of “Fractured Extension/Broken Time” (2021) by JENNIE C. JONES   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   CONCEPTUAL WORKS by Jennie C. Jones provide a visual and aural experience. The Hudson, N.Y.-based artist considers perceptions of sound through painting, sculpture, and installations, works rooted in modernism and minimalism. “Jennie C. Jones: Dynamics,” her new...
On View: See Images From 'Roy DeCarava: Selected Works' at David Zwirner Gallery, Rare Presentation of Artist's Photographs in London

On View: See Images From ‘Roy DeCarava: Selected Works’ at David Zwirner Gallery, Rare Presentation of Artist’s Photographs in London

“Two women, mannequin’s hand” (1952) by Roy DeCarava   THE ARTISTRY AND EXPRESSION of Roy DeCarava (1919-2009) is on full display at David Zwirner in London. “Roy DeCarava: Selected Works” features more than 60 photographs spanning seven decades, from 1948-2004. A master of light and shadow, DeCarava’s black-and-white images frame New Yorkers on the street,...
On View: See Images From 'Greg Breda: Still' at Patron Gallery in Chicago, Exhibition Pays Tribute to Sidney Poitier and Resilient Characters in Black Cinema

On View: See Images From ‘Greg Breda: Still’ at Patron Gallery in Chicago, Exhibition Pays Tribute to Sidney Poitier and Resilient Characters in Black Cinema

“Feeling Free” (2021) by Greg Breda   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   PAINTING ON VELLUM, Greg Breda creates portraits defined by mesmerizing brushstrokes and the contemplative expressions of his subjects. For his second solo exhibition at Patron Gallery in Chicago, Ill. Breda presents seven new paintings focusing on resilient characters and memorable...