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Appointment: Courtney Willis Blair Will Lead White Cube Gallery in New York

Appointment: Courtney Willis Blair Will Lead White Cube Gallery in New York

  IT’S NEARLY UNHEARD OF for a white-owned art gallery to offer a stake in the business to a Black dealer. Courtney Willis Blair was in rare company in January 2021 when she was named partner and senior director at Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York. Willis Blair is continuing to break new ground in...
Culture Type: The Month in Black Art, October 2022

Culture Type: The Month in Black Art, October 2022

  October highlights include chief curator appointment at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora, recipients of Studio Museum’s Wein Prize, new gallery representation for Lubaina Himid and Deana Lawson   Key Jo Lee is joining Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco in newly created chief of curatorial affairs and public programs position...
Neon Museum Marks 10 Years at Current Site, Welcoming Visitors at Building Designed by Architect Paul R. Williams

Neon Museum Marks 10 Years at Current Site, Welcoming Visitors at Building Designed by Architect Paul R. Williams

Neon Museum Visitor Center designed by Paul R. Williams. | Courtesy Neon Museum   IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS, the Neon Museum is celebrating 10 years at its current location on Las Vegas Boulevard with a special proclamation from the city. The museum collects, restores, and exhibits iconic neon signs, preserving the legacy and symbols of...
Culture Type: The Month in Black Art, September 2022

Culture Type: The Month in Black Art, September 2022

  September marked the start of the fall exhibition season, the death of artist Valerie Maynard, and announcements of several six-figure artist prizes   LIVES | Valerie Maynard (1937-2022) was subject of focused survey at Baltimore Museum of Art (2020-21) and keynote speaker and honorary degree recipient at Maryland Institute College of Art’s 2021 commencement....
Michelle Jacques Appointed Board President of Association of Art Museum Curators, Three Black Woman Will Hold Top Board Positions in 2023-24

Michelle Jacques Appointed Board President of Association of Art Museum Curators, Three Black Woman Will Hold Top Board Positions in 2023-24

Incoming Board President Michelle Jacques   THE ASSOCIATION of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation announced a new leadership team. Michelle Jacques has been appointed president of the board of trustees for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1. She brings more than two decades of experience in the field to her new role. Currently,...
Who Painted President Obama's White House Portrait? Did He Make a Traditional Choice or Select a Critically Recognized Artist

Who Painted President Obama’s White House Portrait? Did He Make a Traditional Choice or Select a Critically Recognized Artist

  INCREDIBLY INSPIRING, the Obama Portraits have garnered so much attention they are currently on a national tour, traveling to museums throughout the United States. The portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama painted by acclaimed artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, were unveiled by the Smithsonian on Feb. 12, 2018....
Latest News in Black Art: Alteronce Gumby Joins Nicola Vassell Gallery, Lubaina Himid Wins Major Artist Prize, Historic Board Appointment at VMFA & More

Latest News in Black Art: Alteronce Gumby Joins Nicola Vassell Gallery, Lubaina Himid Wins Major Artist Prize, Historic Board Appointment at VMFA & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Artist Alteronce Gumby. | Photo by Katharina Balgavy   Representation Abstract artist Alteronce Gumby (above) is now represented by Nicola Vassell Gallery in New York. Gumby makes “vivid interstellar paintings that emerge from his profound...
On the Rise: 47 Museum Curators and Arts Leaders Who Took on New Appointments in First Half of 2022

On the Rise: 47 Museum Curators and Arts Leaders Who Took on New Appointments in First Half of 2022

  DOZENS OF BLACK CURATORS and arts leaders took on new appointments in the first half of 2022. Jenenne Whitfield will helm the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Md. Camille Ann Brewer recently assumed leadership of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in California. In London, Gilane Tawadros has been selected as the...
Latest News in Black Art: Lorna Simpson's Portrait of Brittney Griner Covers Time Magazine,  Johnson Publishing Archive Ownership Transfer, First Major Monograph of Hurvin Anderson & More

Latest News in Black Art: Lorna Simpson’s Portrait of Brittney Griner Covers Time Magazine, Johnson Publishing Archive Ownership Transfer, First Major Monograph of Hurvin Anderson & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Time, Aug. 8/Aug. 15, 2022: Artwork by Lorna Simpson for TIME, Source photograph by Stephen Gosling—NBAE/Getty Images   Magazines Time magazine commissioned artist Lorna Simpson to illustrate its latest cover (Aug. 8/Aug. 15, 2022) featuring...
Latest News in Black Art: Scholar/Artist Michael D. Harris Died, Chase Hall Joined David Kordansky Gallery, Qualeasha Wood Now Repped by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Edmonia Lewis Finally Gets Degree & More

Latest News in Black Art: Scholar/Artist Michael D. Harris Died, Chase Hall Joined David Kordansky Gallery, Qualeasha Wood Now Repped by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Edmonia Lewis Finally Gets Degree & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Artist Chase Hall. | Photo by Nick Sethi   Representation Artist Chase Hall joined David Kordansky Gallery. His first solo exhibition with the gallery will be on view in New York in fall 2023. Hall...
AfriCOBRA Artist Nelson Stevens Has Died at 84: He Contributed to a 'Radical Black Aesthetic That Asserted Black Empowerment, Self-Determination, and Unity'

AfriCOBRA Artist Nelson Stevens Has Died at 84: He Contributed to a ‘Radical Black Aesthetic That Asserted Black Empowerment, Self-Determination, and Unity’

  AN EARLY MEMBER of the Chicago collective AfriCOBRA has died. Artist Nelson Stevens (1938-2022), passed away on July 22. He was 84. His death was first reported by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The news was confirmed to Culture Type by his gallery, Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore, Md. In a statement, the gallery said:...
Latest News in Black Art: James D. Thornton Elected Board Chair at Baltimore Museum of Art, Frick Will Show Barkley Hendricks Portraits, Getty Images Releases Black History & Culture Collection & More

Latest News in Black Art: James D. Thornton Elected Board Chair at Baltimore Museum of Art, Frick Will Show Barkley Hendricks Portraits, Getty Images Releases Black History & Culture Collection & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Appointments THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES of the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) elected James D. Thornton chair of the museum’s 36-member board. Thornton is the first Black person and first person of color to lead...
Latest News in Black Art: Jadé Fadojutimi Joins Gagosian, Denise Murrell Tapped for New Curatorial Role at The Met, Dindga McCannon Now Repped by Pippy Houldsworth in London & More

Latest News in Black Art: Jadé Fadojutimi Joins Gagosian, Denise Murrell Tapped for New Curatorial Role at The Met, Dindga McCannon Now Repped by Pippy Houldsworth in London & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Artist Jade Fadojutimi has joined mega-gallery Gagosian. | Photo by Anamarija Ami Podrebarac   Representation British artist Jadé Fadojutimi, 29, is now represented by Gagosian, the mega-gallery with 19 gallery spaces spread from the United...
Anya Dani Appointed to New Getty-Funded Role at UCLA Where She Will Teach, Research, and Focus on Bringing More African Americans Into Conservation Field

Anya Dani Appointed to New Getty-Funded Role at UCLA Where She Will Teach, Research, and Focus on Bringing More African Americans Into Conservation Field

  IN LOS ANGELES, Anya Dani is joining the UCLA/Getty Interdepartmental Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage in a newly created position: director of community engagement and inclusive practice. She will also serve as a lecturer in cultural heritage conservation. The appointment was announced June 16. The UCLA/Getty program is one of a handful...
Latest News in Black Art: Jacqueline Stewart Will Lead Academy Museum, Rodney Ewing and Johnson Eziefula Join New Galleries, Blitz Bazawule Publishes Debut Novel & More

Latest News in Black Art: Jacqueline Stewart Will Lead Academy Museum, Rodney Ewing and Johnson Eziefula Join New Galleries, Blitz Bazawule Publishes Debut Novel & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Jacqueline Stewart joined the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in the lead up to its opening, directing exhibitions, programming, and education. She is the host of “Silent Sunday Nights” on Turner Classic Movies and a...
Latest News in Black Art: Innovative Painter Sam Gilliam Has Died, Artist Vaughn Spann in Architectural Digest, Columbus, Ga. Celebrates Artist Alma Thomas & More

Latest News in Black Art: Innovative Painter Sam Gilliam Has Died, Artist Vaughn Spann in Architectural Digest, Columbus, Ga. Celebrates Artist Alma Thomas & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Portrait of Sam Gilliam (1933-2022). | Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, and Pace Gallery. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen Studio   Lives The innovative abstract artist Sam Gilliam (1933-2022) died on June 25 at...
Latest News in Black Art: New Name for DuSable Museum, Public Art Works by Basil Watson, Thomas J. Price and Charles Gaines, Plus Plans for African American Dictionary

Latest News in Black Art: New Name for DuSable Museum, Public Art Works by Basil Watson, Thomas J. Price and Charles Gaines, Plus Plans for African American Dictionary

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Thomas J. Price’s bronze sculpture “Warm Shores” (2022) was unveiled on Windrush Day. | Photo by Damian Griffiths Public Art On Windrush Day (June 22), the legacy of Afro-Caribbeans who emigrated to the UK after...
New Appointments Announced at Studio Museum in Harlem, National Gallery of Canada, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Terra Foundation & More

New Appointments Announced at Studio Museum in Harlem, National Gallery of Canada, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Terra Foundation & More

  SEVERAL ART INSTITUTIONS announced notable new curatorial and leadership appointments over the past month, including newly created roles at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago:   T. Camille Martin-Thomsen is incoming dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs at The School of the Art...
Latest News in Black Art: Stanley Whitney Joins Gagosian Gallery, Tourmaline and Helena Uambembe Take Top Artist Prize at Art Basel, Scholar Tiffany E. Barber Wins Smithsonian Essay Award & More

Latest News in Black Art: Stanley Whitney Joins Gagosian Gallery, Tourmaline and Helena Uambembe Take Top Artist Prize at Art Basel, Scholar Tiffany E. Barber Wins Smithsonian Essay Award & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Artist Stanley Whitney. | Photo by Jeannette Montgomery Barron/Trunk Archive   Representation After presenting a solo exhibition of new paintings by Stanley Whitney at Gagosian Rome in 2020, the international mega-gallery announced its representation of...
Latest News in Black Art: Orange County Museum Commissions Sanford Biggers Sculpture, Theaster Gates 'Black Chapel' Debuts at Serpentine, Miranda Forrester Joins Tiwani Contemporary & More

Latest News in Black Art: Orange County Museum Commissions Sanford Biggers Sculpture, Theaster Gates ‘Black Chapel’ Debuts at Serpentine, Miranda Forrester Joins Tiwani Contemporary & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Rendering of “Of many waters…” (2022) by Sanford Biggers on the Sculpture Terrace of the forthcoming Orange County Museum of Art, opening to the public in October 2022. | Photo: Morphosis   Commissions When the...