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On View: Tyler Mitchell's First Solo Exhibition at Jack Shainman is Spread Across Gallery's Two Chelsea Locations in New York

On View: Tyler Mitchell’s First Solo Exhibition at Jack Shainman is Spread Across Gallery’s Two Chelsea Locations in New York

“Connective Tissue” (2021) by Tyler Mitchell   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE PASTORAL AMERICAN SOUTH conjures complex histories, emotions, and experiences for Black people. Family traditions and connections to the land are tempered by racial terror and generational discrimination. Tyler Mitchell focuses nearly exclusively on the blissful moments and the power...
On View: 'Corey Pemberton: Home/Body,' Artist's First West Coast Solo Exhibition at UNREPD in Los Angeles

On View: ‘Corey Pemberton: Home/Body,’ Artist’s First West Coast Solo Exhibition at UNREPD in Los Angeles

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE PORTRAITS Corey Pemberton makes capture people he knows at home. The artist describes his subjects as “people in his life whose bodies and identities fall outside of the traditional raced, gendered, and sexualized boundaries of ordinariness.” Pemberton’s current exhibition unites these two concerns. His paintings...
October Openings: 26 U.S. Museum Exhibitions Feature Betye Saar, Conrad Egyir, Jennifer Packer, 'Afro-Atlantic Histories,' Plus Prospect 5 New Orleans, and More

October Openings: 26 U.S. Museum Exhibitions Feature Betye Saar, Conrad Egyir, Jennifer Packer, ‘Afro-Atlantic Histories,’ Plus Prospect 5 New Orleans, and More

  NEW U.S. ART MUSEUM and institutional exhibitions opening in October include solo shows of Conrad Egyir in San Jose, Betye Saar in Miami, Thaddeus Mosley in Baltimore, and Jennifer Packer in New York. A visit to the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., will make efficient use of your time, with three must-see shows opening...
New York: 5 Art Gallery Exhibitions Explore Works by McArthur Binion, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Michaela Yearwood-Dan, Leonardo Drew, and Matthew Angela Harrison

New York: 5 Art Gallery Exhibitions Explore Works by McArthur Binion, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Michaela Yearwood-Dan, Leonardo Drew, and Matthew Angela Harrison

  CURRENTLY ON VIEW in New York, galleries are presenting solo exhibitions of artists Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Michaela Yearwood-Dan, McArthur Binion, Leonardo Drew, and Matthew Angela Harrison. The shows feature all new paintings and sculpture and emerging artists Harrison and Yearwood-Dan are collaborating with Salon 94 and Marianne Boesky galleries, respectively, for the first time....
Ernie Barnes Painted From Experience, New York Gallery Exhibition Features Four Decades of Former Pro-Football Player's Images

Ernie Barnes Painted From Experience, New York Gallery Exhibition Features Four Decades of Former Pro-Football Player’s Images

  A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER who became a successful artist, Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) made paintings about what he experienced and what was familiar. His most frequent subjects were African American life in the South, referencing his North Carolina roots, and racially diverse athletes engaged in all manner of sports, from tennis and boxing, to basketball...
David Zwirner is Showing Abstract Paintings by Jesse Murry, Part of Series of Exhibitions Dedicated to Artists Who Died During HIV/AIDS Crisis

David Zwirner is Showing Abstract Paintings by Jesse Murry, Part of Series of Exhibitions Dedicated to Artists Who Died During HIV/AIDS Crisis

Installation view of “Jesse Murry” at David Zwirner, New York   MARKING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issuing its first report about what would become known as AIDS, David Zwirner is presenting More Life, a special series dedicated to artists who died from HIV/AIDS-related ailments during the first two...
On View: 'When You Need Letters for Your Skin,' New Paintings by Kudzanai-Violet Hwami at Victoria Miro in London

On View: ‘When You Need Letters for Your Skin,’ New Paintings by Kudzanai-Violet Hwami at Victoria Miro in London

    On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   VICTORIA MIRO in London is showing nine new paintings by Kudzanai-Violet Hwami. “When You Need Letters for Your Skin” is the Hwaami’s first solo exhibition with the gallery since joining the roster in December. Born in Gutu, Zimbabwe, she grew up in South Africa from...
On View: 'Betty Blayton: In Search of Grace' at Mnuchin Gallery in New York Explores Five Decades of Pioneering Abstract Artist

On View: ‘Betty Blayton: In Search of Grace’ at Mnuchin Gallery in New York Explores Five Decades of Pioneering Abstract Artist

Installation view of “Betty Blayton: In Search of Grace”   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE EXHIBITION “In Search of Grace” provides a rare opportunity to explore the work of Betty Blayton (1937-2016) across five decades. Known for her “spiritual abstractions,” Blayton employed poetic palettes and often worked in a tondo format....
On View: Paintings by Alvaro Barrington Focus of New York Gallery Exhibitions in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens

On View: Paintings by Alvaro Barrington Focus of New York Gallery Exhibitions in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens

Installation view of “Alvaro Barrington: Wave Your Flags: Labor Day”   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   TEAMING UP WITH Black female gallerists, Alvaro Barrington is showing paintings in multiple New York locations. “Alvaro Barrington: Wave Your Flags: Labor Day” is the inaugural presentation of Kyla McMillan‘s Saint George Projects. Featuring nearly 30...
Los Angeles: 5 New Gallery Exhibitions are Dedicated to Artists Lorna Simpson, Betye Saar, Amoako Boafo, June Edmonds, and Rashid Johnson

Los Angeles: 5 New Gallery Exhibitions are Dedicated to Artists Lorna Simpson, Betye Saar, Amoako Boafo, June Edmonds, and Rashid Johnson

  LOS ANGELES GALLERIES are brimming with new exhibitions featuring new works by prominent Black artists. The intergenerational slate includes Amoako Boafo, June Edmonds, Rashid Johnson, Lorna Simpson, and Betye Saar, all of whom have coinciding museum exhibitions and public art projects at a variety of venues nationwide.   LORNA SIMPSON, “Recurring,” 2021 (ink and...
On View: 'Robert Pruitt: To Control the Universe' at Salon 94 in New York

On View: ‘Robert Pruitt: To Control the Universe’ at Salon 94 in New York

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE EMPOWERING ELEMENTS of the super natural and extra-human possibility thread Robert Pruitt‘s figurative portraits. For his latest exhibition, Pruitt is presenting 11 “heroically-scaled” drawings. “Robert Pruitt: To Control the Universe” is inspired by James Baldwin’s “Stranger in the Village.” The title of the exhibition references...
New York: 5 Gallery Exhibitions Explore Work of Artists Dawoud Bey, Mickalene Thomas, John Akomfrah, Zanele Muholi, and Calida Rawles

New York: 5 Gallery Exhibitions Explore Work of Artists Dawoud Bey, Mickalene Thomas, John Akomfrah, Zanele Muholi, and Calida Rawles

  CURRENTLY ON VIEW IN NEW YORK, London-based John Akomfrah is presenting a new film project he’s been continuously working on since March 2020 at Lisson Gallery. It’s an “archive of today, made in real-time.” Inaugural solo exhibitions of Chicago photographer Dawoud Bey and Los Angeles artist Calida Rawles are featured at Sean Kelly and...
On View: 'Dawoud Bey: An American Project' at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York

On View: ‘Dawoud Bey: An American Project’ at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York

“A Young Man Resting on an Exercise Bike, Amityville, NY” (1988) by Dawoud Bey   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   CHICAGO PHOTOGRAPHER Dawoud Bey has been chronicling America since the mid-1970s, training his lens on individuals, communities, and histories that are often unseen, yet central to the nation’s narrative. “Dawoud Bey: An...
On View: 'Dindga McCannon: In Plain Sight' at Fridman Gallery in New York City

On View: ‘Dindga McCannon: In Plain Sight’ at Fridman Gallery in New York City

  In 2012, Dindga McCannon paid tribute to Black women in aviation.   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A CO-FOUNDER OF THE ARTIST COLLECTIVE Where We At Black Women Artists, Dindga McCannon established her artistic identity during the Civil Rights Movement and the onset of the feminist arts movement, concerns that inform...
Best of September: 13 New Museum Exhibitions Feature Artists Ulysses Jenkins, Adam Pendleton, Deborah Roberts, Naudline Pierre, Arthur Jafa, Lorna Simpson & More

Best of September: 13 New Museum Exhibitions Feature Artists Ulysses Jenkins, Adam Pendleton, Deborah Roberts, Naudline Pierre, Arthur Jafa, Lorna Simpson & More

  THE FIRST MUSEUM retrospective of pioneering video/performance artist Ulysses Jenkins opens this week at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The exhibition is co-curated by ICA Associate Curator Meg Onli and Erin Christovale, associate curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Following Kerry James Marshall and...
On View: 'Be Your Wonderful Self: The Portraits of Beauford Delaney' at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York City

On View: ‘Be Your Wonderful Self: The Portraits of Beauford Delaney’ at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York City

Installation view of “Be Your Wonderful Self: The Portraits of Beauford Delaney”   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A RARE OPPORTUNITY to view a broad selection of portraits by Beauford Delaney (1901–1979), this exhibition features a 1962 self portrait and two dozen paintings of people in the Delaney’s orbit. The selection includes...
A Nexus for the Black Community, Tone Memphis is Presenting 'On The Road: Chocolate Cities,' Group Exhibition Explores Space, Place, and Belonging

A Nexus for the Black Community, Tone Memphis is Presenting ‘On The Road: Chocolate Cities,’ Group Exhibition Explores Space, Place, and Belonging

  A GROUP EXHIBITION in Memphis, Tenn., brings together a slate of mostly rising artists whose work explores notions of Blackness, space, place, and belonging. Tone Memphis, a Black arts nonprofit in Memphis, Tenn., is presenting “On The Road: Chocolate Cities: Exploration of Space Across the Black Diaspora.” Organized by Larry Ossei-Mensah, the exhibition reflects...
Retrospective of Michael Richards Showcases Rigor, Promise of Artist Who Died in Sept. 11 Terrorist Attack on World Trade Center

Retrospective of Michael Richards Showcases Rigor, Promise of Artist Who Died in Sept. 11 Terrorist Attack on World Trade Center

  A RESIN AND STEEL SCULPTURE standing seven-and-a-half feet tall on a central platform anchors the first museum retrospective of Michael Richards (1963-2001). A seminal work from his series about the Tuskegee Airmen, “Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian” (1999), depicts a Black male figure wearing a Tuskegee Airman suit with 18 miniature US P-51 Mustang...
5 New Art Gallery Exhibitions to See Now Feature Deborah Roberts, Carla Jay Harris, Jarrell Gibbs, LaKela Brown, and Brittney Leeanne Williams

5 New Art Gallery Exhibitions to See Now Feature Deborah Roberts, Carla Jay Harris, Jarrell Gibbs, LaKela Brown, and Brittney Leeanne Williams

  THE FALL EXHIBITION SEASON is officially underway and some of the first new gallery shows to open feature five early- and mid-career artists to watch. Each has a unique visual voice. What unifies their latest work is a resonance with the contemporary moment. Deborah Roberts, Carla Jay Harris, and Brittney Leeanne Williams are confronting...
On View: 'The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth,' Adrienne Elise Tarver's First Solo Museum Exhibition at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn.

On View: ‘The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth,’ Adrienne Elise Tarver’s First Solo Museum Exhibition at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn.

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   FOR HER FIRST SOLO MUSEUM EXHIBITION, Adrienne Elise Tarver is presenting a focused installation. Opening tomorrow at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn., “Adrienne Elise Tarver: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth” features “Manifesting Paradise” (2020–ongoing), a suite of 22 mixed-media works on...