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Exhibitions
On View: 'Tricknology: Ektor Garcia and Allison Janae Hamilton,' Curated by Sanford Biggers at Marianne Boesky in Aspen, Colo.

On View: ‘Tricknology: Ektor Garcia and Allison Janae Hamilton,’ Curated by Sanford Biggers at Marianne Boesky in Aspen, Colo.

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions PROVIDING A PLATFORM for two up-and-coming artists, Sanford Biggers is presenting the work of Allison Janae Hamilton and ektor garcia at Marianne Boesky. (The gallery has represented Biggers since 2016.) Both artists make complex, narrative works. Garcia employs ceramics, crochet, and weaving techniques working with fibrous materials,...
In Los Angeles, Landmark Exhibitions are Showcasing the Photography of Gordon Parks, Kwame Braithwaite, and Figures Who Documented Hip Hop

In Los Angeles, Landmark Exhibitions are Showcasing the Photography of Gordon Parks, Kwame Braithwaite, and Figures Who Documented Hip Hop

“Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite,” Skirball Cultural Center   THREE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS on view at Los Angeles institutions feature the work of Gordon Parks, Kwame Braithwaite, and photographers who have trained their lenses on the legends of hip hop. The Getty Center is presenting Parks’s 1961 images of Flávio da Silva, a...
Truth Teller: Next Month, Henry Taylor is Presenting a Series of New Portraits at Blum & Poe in New York

Truth Teller: Next Month, Henry Taylor is Presenting a Series of New Portraits at Blum & Poe in New York

  WHETHER YOU CALL HIM a figurative painter or a portrait painter, labels he is reluctant to embrace, Henry Taylor paints people, almost exclusively. He paints his family, his friends, people in his neighborhood, and people he meets when he travels. He connects with his subjects and has a real curiosity about their lives, which...
Kind of Blue: In Menorca, Stanley Whitney's Colorful Grid Paintings are in Dialogue with an Iconic Yves Klein Installation

Kind of Blue: In Menorca, Stanley Whitney’s Colorful Grid Paintings are in Dialogue with an Iconic Yves Klein Installation

  A SUMMER EXHIBITION in Mahon, Menorca, off the coast of Spain, brings together two artists deeply committed to color: Stanley Whitney and Yves Klein (1928-1962). “Stanley Whitney / Yves Klein: This Array of Colors” at Galería Cayón presents six recent paintings by Whitney with Klein’s “Pure Pigment.” A floor installation consisting solely of a...
On View: 'Genevieve Gaignard: I'm Sorry I Never Told You That You're Beautiful' at Vielmetter Los Angeles

On View: ‘Genevieve Gaignard: I’m Sorry I Never Told You That You’re Beautiful’ at Vielmetter Los Angeles

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions THROUGH THE LENS of self-portraiture and symbolic domestic spaces, Los Angeles-based Genevieve Gaignard explores American constructs of identity, beauty, blackness, and whiteness. She considers racial logic and racial formation. Her latest exhibition, “I’m Sorry I Never Told You That You’re Beautiful,” features mixed-media works on panel, photographic...
Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art is Showcasing Women Artists, a Group Vastly Underrepresented in its Collection

Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is Showcasing Women Artists, a Group Vastly Underrepresented in its Collection

“Liberal Women Protest March I” (1995) by Nike Davies-Okundaye of Nigeria   THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART is celebrating women artists. Over the past five years, the Smithsonian museum has doubled its holdings of art by women. Showcasing some of the recent acquisitions, “I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa,” opened in June. The...
Coming Soon: Derrick Adams is Presenting a Series of Family Portraits for His First Hometown Solo Show in Baltimore

Coming Soon: Derrick Adams is Presenting a Series of Family Portraits for His First Hometown Solo Show in Baltimore

  FOR AN EXHIBITION in his hometown of Baltimore Derrick Adams drew on his personal history, sourcing images from a family photo album. Inspired by the decades-old images, he made a series of paintings documenting scenes from his childhood—a pair of bridesmaids in matching turquoise blue dresses, children playing in the yard with a yellow...
Marcus Brutus Paints Portraits of Black Life That Connect Contemporary Narratives to Generations of Culture and History

Marcus Brutus Paints Portraits of Black Life That Connect Contemporary Narratives to Generations of Culture and History

IN THE HANDS OF Marcus Brutus scenes of contemporary black life are saturated with vibrant color and layered with cultural references. Harper’s Books in East Hampton, N.Y., is presenting the artist’s second solo show. About two-dozen paintings made in 2018 and 2019 are on view. The individual and group portraits and scenes of leisure and...
Mariane Ibrahim is Opening Her New Chicago Gallery in September with a Solo Exhibition Dedicated to Ayana V. Jackson

Mariane Ibrahim is Opening Her New Chicago Gallery in September with a Solo Exhibition Dedicated to Ayana V. Jackson

  AFTER SEVEN YEARS in Seattle, Mariane Ibrahim has moved her eponymous gallery to Chicago. The new gallery opens next month with an inaugural exhibition dedicated to Ayana V. Jackson, an American artist whose photography examines the construction of identity. Titled “Take Me to the Water,” the presentation will feature a new series of large-scale...
Stephanie Sparling Williams Joined Mount Holyoke College Art Museum as Associate Curator

Stephanie Sparling Williams Joined Mount Holyoke College Art Museum as Associate Curator

  MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE Art Museum (MHCAM) has a new associate curator. Stephanie Sparling Williams joined the museum in South Hadley, Mass., in June. She previously served as assistant curator for the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. MHCAM Director Tricia Y. Paik said she was thrilled to welcome Sparling...
On View: 'Wadsworth Jarrell: Come Saturday Punch' at Kavi Gupta in Chicago

On View: ‘Wadsworth Jarrell: Come Saturday Punch’ at Kavi Gupta in Chicago

    On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions CHARTING THE EVOLUTION of Wadsworth Jarrell‘s practice, “Come Saturday Punch” presents more than two-dozen works spanning 55 years. One of five original co-founders of AfriCOBRA, the collective established in Chicago in 1968, Jarrell has maintained a unique visual voice throughout his career. True to, but unbound...
On View: 'Reality, Times Two: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott' at Goya Contemporary in Baltimore

On View: ‘Reality, Times Two: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott’ at Goya Contemporary in Baltimore

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions CELEBRATING THE CREATIVE CONNECTIONS between a mother and daughter, “REALITY, Times two” presents works by quilt artist Elizabeth Talford Scott (1916-2011) and bead artist Joyce J. Scott. The Baltimore artists lived together for more than 60 years until Elizabeth died in 2011. Born on a South Carolina...
On View: 'Souls Grown Deep: Artists of the African American South' at Philadelphia Museum of Art

On View: ‘Souls Grown Deep: Artists of the African American South’ at Philadelphia Museum of Art

“The Old Water” (2004) by Thornton Dial Sr.   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions THORTON DIAL SR. (1928-2016), made symbolic mixed-media paintings and sculptural assemblage works with profound titles. “The Last Day of Martin Luther King” (1992), references the civil rights leader’s assassination, a moment of national tragedy, sadness, and mourning, and an...
On View: 'Show Me Yours' with Brittney Leeanne Williams, Jake Troyli, and Bianca Nemelc at Monique Meloche in Chicago

On View: ‘Show Me Yours’ with Brittney Leeanne Williams, Jake Troyli, and Bianca Nemelc at Monique Meloche in Chicago

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions THE UNIFYING THEME of “Show Me Yours” is not readily apparent, until you look closely. The exhibition features paintings by three emerging artists—Brittney Leeanne Williams, Jake Troyli, and Bianca Nemelc—each offering a unique interpretation of the nude form through the lens of identity. Rendered in electric pink,...