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On Occasion of New Exhibition 'Alma Thomas: Everything is Beautiful,' Curators and Scholars Reflect on Lesser-Known Aspects of Artist's Life and Work

On Occasion of New Exhibition ‘Alma Thomas: Everything is Beautiful,’ Curators and Scholars Reflect on Lesser-Known Aspects of Artist’s Life and Work

“Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful,” Chrysler Museum of Art   A NEW FOUR-CITY traveling exhibition offers an expansive look at the life and work of Alma Thomas (1891-1978). A pioneer in post-World War II abstraction, Thomas is arguably the earliest example of a highly regarded African American female artist working in abstraction. Best known...
Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco Will Host First Solo Museum Exhibitions of Amoako Boafo and Billie Zangewa This Fall

Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco Will Host First Solo Museum Exhibitions of Amoako Boafo and Billie Zangewa This Fall

  THE SEMINAL TEXT OF W.E.B. DU BOIS (1868-1963) inspired the title of a forthcoming solo exhibition of Amoako Boafo. The Ghanaian-born painter grew up in Osu, where Du Bois, the author of “The Souls of Black Folk” is buried. “Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks” will be on view this fall at the Museum...
On View: 'Beautiful Disruption,' Photographer Nadine Ijewere's First-Ever Solo Exhibition at C/O Berlin

On View: ‘Beautiful Disruption,’ Photographer Nadine Ijewere’s First-Ever Solo Exhibition at C/O Berlin

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE FRESH PERSPECTIVE and imaginative eye of Nadine Ijewere have produced beautiful and novel images, bringing international attention to the rising young photographer. Known for her striking fashion portraiture, Ijewere became the first Black woman to photograph a Vogue magazine cover when she shot the cover...
On View: 'Wardell Milan: Amerika. God Bless You If It's Good To You' at Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York

On View: ‘Wardell Milan: Amerika. God Bless You If It’s Good To You’ at Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York

“The Timmerman’s Kitchen, New Canaan, CT” (2020) by Wardell Milan   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE FIRST MAJOR solo museum exhibition of Harlem-based Wardell Milan confronts the hate entrenched in American society. Milan presents new works on paper that explore the daily lives of white supremacists alongside a chapel-inspired “safe space.”...
Faith Ringgold, 90, Talked to CBS About Her Art, Activism, and Perseverance: 'Anyone Can Fly, All You've Got to Do is Try'

Faith Ringgold, 90, Talked to CBS About Her Art, Activism, and Perseverance: ‘Anyone Can Fly, All You’ve Got to Do is Try’

  FOR DECADES Faith Ringgold fought to be seen and heard and for representation of Black artists and women artists in New York City museums, all the while following her own creative path. Her activism has opened doors for many, including the artist herself. On the occasion of a major survey of her work at...
On View: 'Khari Turner:“Breathing Water to Air' at Ross-Sutton Gallery in New York

On View: ‘Khari Turner:“Breathing Water to Air’ at Ross-Sutton Gallery in New York

“Swim Lesson” (2021) by Khari Turner   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   FOR HIS FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION in New York, Khari Turner is presenting all new paintings that explore notions of birth and rebirth at Ross-Sutton Gallery. “Khari Turner: Breathing Water to Air” features 12 works, including several tondos. Turner’s images blend...
On View: 'Photo Cameroon: Studio Portraiture, 1970s-1990s' at Fowler Museum at University of California, Los Angeles

On View: ‘Photo Cameroon: Studio Portraiture, 1970s-1990s’ at Fowler Museum at University of California, Los Angeles

  Emmanuel Lucky Sparrow, the backdrop painter, and his girlfriend. | Undated photo by JACQUES TOUSSELE   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   POST-INDEPENDENCE STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY in West and Central Africa is celebrated around the world. “Photo Cameroon: Studio Portraiture, 1970s-1990s,” provides a lens through which to view life and culture during an...
On View: 'Sam Gilliam: Selections' at Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla.

On View: ‘Sam Gilliam: Selections’ at Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla.

“Sam Gilliam: Selections” at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla.   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   AN IMPRESSIVE SURVEY of Sam Gilliam at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla., was spearheaded by a local African American collector. Warren Colbert, a longstanding member of the museum’s board of directors...
Sedrick Huckaby's New Solo Exhibition at Blanton Museum Features a Portrait of His Student, Former President George W. Bush

Sedrick Huckaby’s New Solo Exhibition at Blanton Museum Features a Portrait of His Student, Former President George W. Bush

  THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT the National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. If you do well you might find yourself in the company of a U.S. President or First Lady. In 2016, Amy Sherald won the competition, becoming the first woman and first Black artist to receive the first place prize. Subsequently, First Lady...
On View: 'Karyn Olivier: At the Intersection of Two Faults' at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York

On View: ‘Karyn Olivier: At the Intersection of Two Faults’ at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   EMPLOYING ORDINARY MATERIALS, including tar, bricks, rope from lobster traps, and clothing, Karyn Olivier created a series of sculptures and installations that speak to collective memory and intersecting narratives. The conceptual mixed-media works are featured in “At the Intersection of Two Faults” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery...
Andy Warhol Foundation Announces $3.8 Million in Grants to Museums, Funding Supports Major Solo Exhibitions Dedicated to Ming Smith, Fred Eversley, and Sonya Clark

Andy Warhol Foundation Announces $3.8 Million in Grants to Museums, Funding Supports Major Solo Exhibitions Dedicated to Ming Smith, Fred Eversley, and Sonya Clark

  THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION for the Visual Arts announced recipients of its Spring 2021 grants, awarding $3.8 million to 50 organizations across the United States and Canada. The grants are giving a new wave of established artists much deserved attention in the form of solo museum exhibitions. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is organizing...
On View: 'Present Generations: Creating the Scantland Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art,' in Columbus, Ohio

On View: ‘Present Generations: Creating the Scantland Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art,’ in Columbus, Ohio

  Self portrait of artist and his family, including former wife, photographer Deana Lawson. | © Aaron Gilbert   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE COLLECTION of modern paintings assembled by the Columbus Museum of Art is largely the result of the largesse of private collectors who dating back to 1931 have...
Mickalene Thomas, Whose Powerful Paintings Celebrate Black Women, is Staging Exhibitions with Lévy Gorvy Gallery in Four World Capitals This Fall

Mickalene Thomas, Whose Powerful Paintings Celebrate Black Women, is Staging Exhibitions with Lévy Gorvy Gallery in Four World Capitals This Fall

  THIS FALL, Mickalene Thomas will make a grand statement, presenting all new work in a series of exhibitions in four world capitals, in partnership with Lévy Gorvy. The gallery is hosting the shows at its locations in New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong. Over the past two decades, Thomas has built a singular...
Danielle McKinney's Portraits are Self-Reflective: 'Sometimes They’re Me. Sometimes They’re an Emotion I’m Feeling'

Danielle McKinney’s Portraits are Self-Reflective: ‘Sometimes They’re Me. Sometimes They’re an Emotion I’m Feeling’

  INTIMATELY SCALED PORTRAITS by Danielle McKinney are on view in “Smoke and Mirrors,” her first solo show at Night Gallery in Los Angeles. The artist serves as her own muse, inspiring a series of tightly cropped scenes, solo portraits of female protagonists captured during moments of introspection. Her subjects are self reflective and represent...
On View: 'Maren Hassinger: We Are All Vessels' at Susan Inglett Gallery in New York

On View: ‘Maren Hassinger: We Are All Vessels’ at Susan Inglett Gallery in New York

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE EXPANSIVE PRACTICE of Maren Hassinger “connects humanity to nature through a range of media.” She transforms common materials, imbuing them with meaning and beauty. Choreographic rhythm is inherent in her presentations and is particularly forward in her latest. New York-based Hassinger has created a collection...
On View: 'Shattered Glass' at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery in Los Angeles

On View: ‘Shattered Glass’ at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery in Los Angeles

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   “Shattered Glass” gives voice and visibility to new narratives, pushing back against traditional expectations and assumptions about representation and who deserves to be the subject of portraiture. A sprawling group show, the exhibition showcases work by 40 international artists of color expressing themselves in painting, sculpture,...