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Chakshu Patel Appointed to Top Fundraising Post at Studio Museum in Harlem

Chakshu Patel Appointed to Top Fundraising Post at Studio Museum in Harlem

THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM named Chakshu Patel director of institutional advancement today. She is charged with developing a fundraising strategy to support the ambitious mission and vision of the museum, which recently celebrated 50 years by embarking on a new building project. Patel will begin her new position June 17. “I am excited to...
Portrait of 'Imara in Her Winter Coat' Earns Top Prize in UK Competition

Portrait of ‘Imara in Her Winter Coat’ Earns Top Prize in UK Competition

  A STRIKING PORTRAIT of a black woman was awarded first prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London. “Imara in Her Winter Coat” by Charlie Schaffer won the BP Portrait Award 2019. Imara’s eyes are cast downward, away from the viewer. The varied hues of her skin tone add depth to her facial features...
United Talent Agency Taps Arthur Lewis to Lead UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space

United Talent Agency Taps Arthur Lewis to Lead UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space

UNITED TALENT AGENCY announced today that Arthur Lewis will lead the fine arts arm of the Los Angeles-based talent and entertainment firm. Lewis will serve as creative director of UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space, advising visual artists represented by the agency and overseeing exhibitions, programming and partnerships through its Beverly Hills presentation and...
Photograph From Kitchen Table Series by Carrie Mae Weems Sets New Artist Record at Phillips Auction

Photograph From Kitchen Table Series by Carrie Mae Weems Sets New Artist Record at Phillips Auction

  A PHOTOGRAPH from Kitchen Table Series, the seminal body of work Carrie Mae Weems created in 1990, set a new artist record today. “Untitled (man smoking) from Kitchen Table Series” sold for $70,000 (including fees). The price was about twice the estimate of $25,000-$35,000. The record was set May 7 during “Artist | Icon...
58th Venice Biennale: Arthur Jafa Wins Golden Lion Award, Top Artist Prize

58th Venice Biennale: Arthur Jafa Wins Golden Lion Award, Top Artist Prize

Arthur Jafa accepts 2019 Golden Lion in Venice.   AN INTERNATIONAL JURY awarded the top artist prize at the 58th Venice Biennale to Arthur Jafa. The American artist and filmmaker won the Golden Lion recognizing the best participant in “May You Live in Interesting Times,” the international exhibition curated by Ralph Rugoff. Jafa was honored...
Latest News in African American Art: Camille Billops (1933-2019), Joe Overstreet (1933-2019)

Latest News in African American Art: Camille Billops (1933-2019), Joe Overstreet (1933-2019)

Camille Billops (1933-2019), Joe Overstreet (1933-2019)   The following review presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related black culture:   TWO LEGENDARY New York City artists have died. Painter Joe Overstreet passed away yesterday. He co-founded Kenkeleba House, a Lower East Side artist space in 1974. Meanwhile, Camille Billops, a singular figure...
Leah Chase, Pioneering Creole Chef and Passionate Art Collector, Has Died at 96

Leah Chase, Pioneering Creole Chef and Passionate Art Collector, Has Died at 96

Chef Leah Chase (1923-2019)   THE COLLECTION of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., includes portraits of America’s most iconic figures—legends of culture, politics, and history. When the most prominent among these national treasures dies, the Smithsonian museum recognizes their life and legacy by displaying their portrait in a designated In Memoriam space on...
Latest News in African American Art: Museum Staffers are Publicizing Their Salaries, Racial Profiling at MFA Boston, New Archibald Motley Painting at DIA, and More

Latest News in African American Art: Museum Staffers are Publicizing Their Salaries, Racial Profiling at MFA Boston, New Archibald Motley Painting at DIA, and More

“Café​, Paris” (1929) by Archibald J. Motley Jr., at DIA   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related black culture:   Museum Staffers are Sharing Their Salaries on a Google Spreadsheet Employees of museums across the country are publicizing their...
Lanka Tattersall Joins MoMA as Curator in the Drawings and Prints Department

Lanka Tattersall Joins MoMA as Curator in the Drawings and Prints Department

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MoMA) in New York is welcoming a new curator. Earlier this month, Lanka Tattersall was named curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints. The appointment marks a return to MoMA. Tattersall served previously as a curatorial assistant in the museum’s Department of Painting and Sculpture for four years (2010-14)....
Lonnie Bunch is Taking Over the Smithsonian Institution. Named Secretary, He Will Lead 19 Museums and National Zoo

Lonnie Bunch is Taking Over the Smithsonian Institution. Named Secretary, He Will Lead 19 Museums and National Zoo

Smithsonian Secretary-elect Lonnie G. Bunch III   THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION’S Board of Regents launched a search for a new leader in December and found the ideal candidate was already in its midst. This morning, the Smithsonian announced the election of Lonnie G. Bunch III, who will serve as the 14th Secretary. Bunch is the founding...
Artist Meleko Mokgosi Appointed Associate Professor of Painting/Printmaking at Yale School of Art

Artist Meleko Mokgosi Appointed Associate Professor of Painting/Printmaking at Yale School of Art

  THE YALE SCHOOL OF ART announced the appointment of Meleko Mokgosi as associate professor of painting/printmaking on May 14. A painter, Mokgosi uses figuration and representation to explore political themes, notions of democracy, and post-colonialism in Southern Africa. His tenure-track appointment begins July 2019. “As an artist and an educator, Meleko Mokgosi is dedicated...
'60 Minutes' Profiled Mark Bradford, Introducing Him as One of America's 'Most Important and Influential Artists'

’60 Minutes’ Profiled Mark Bradford, Introducing Him as One of America’s ‘Most Important and Influential Artists’

  ANDERSON COOPER is a CNN anchor, 60 Minutes correspondent, and art collector who owns works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Mark Bradford. Called “The Hood is Moody,” his Bradford work is made with end papers—rectangles of white tissue paper used to set hair. On Sunday, Cooper profiled Bradford on “60 Minutes,”...
Simone Leigh is at the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and Even on CBS Where She Said: 'It's So Shocking What is Happening to Me'

Simone Leigh is at the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and Even on CBS Where She Said: ‘It’s So Shocking What is Happening to Me’

CBS NEWS reports on a broad range of issues. Rarely, however, does it devote coverage to visual artists. Last Saturday was an exception when Simone Leigh was featured on CBS This Morning. The network appearance is the latest development in a succession of new opportunities and recognition over the past five years, culminating in the...
Artist Deborah Roberts Joined Vielmetter Los Angeles and Has an Exhibition at Gallery's New Downtown Space

Artist Deborah Roberts Joined Vielmetter Los Angeles and Has an Exhibition at Gallery’s New Downtown Space

Deborah Roberts is presenting “Native Sons: Many thousands gone” at Vielmetter Los Angeles   VIELMETTER LOS ANGELES announced its representation of Deborah Roberts in late February and her first exhibition with the gallery opened last week. Roberts is known primarily for her collage on paper works. The Austin, Texas-based artist makes abstracted representations of black...