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Exploring art by and about people of African descent, primarily through the lens of books, magazines and catalogs, Culture Type features original research and reporting and shares invaluable interestingness culled from the published record on black art.

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Amy Sherald Worked With Mural Arts Philadelphia on an Amazing Six-Story Portrait that Celebrates Young Black Women

Amy Sherald Worked With Mural Arts Philadelphia on an Amazing Six-Story Portrait that Celebrates Young Black Women

  AN EMPOWERING MURAL of a North Philadelphia teen graces the facade of the Target in Center City. Rising high above the downtown expanse, Najee Spencer-Young wears a mustard-colored hat cocked just so with a black-and-white floral coat. Despite the coat’s bold print, one’s attention is drawn to her eyes. Almond-shaped, they gaze directly back...
Leonardo Drew in New York: The Brooklyn-Based Artist Installed His First Public Art Project in Madison Square Park and is Showing New Works at Galerie Lelong

Leonardo Drew in New York: The Brooklyn-Based Artist Installed His First Public Art Project in Madison Square Park and is Showing New Works at Galerie Lelong

Artist Leonardo Drew in his Brooklyn studio.   WORKING IN HIS UNIQUE STUDIO SPACE in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, artist Leonardo Drew simultaneously produced work for two projects. He fabricated “City in the Grass,” which features a trio of towers rising from an abstracted cityscape grounded by a massive surface resembling a topographically patterned carpet. His...
Public Editor: Alexandra Bell Highlights Bias in the News and Rewrites Racist Headlines

Public Editor: Alexandra Bell Highlights Bias in the News and Rewrites Racist Headlines

Installation view of “A Teenager With Promise (Annotated)” (2017)   AT THE END OF FEBRUARY, the Whitney Museum of American Art announced 75 artists selected to participate in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Among them is Alexandra Bell, an artist with a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Rather than using her journalism degree to...
Known for Her Free-Form Line Drawings, Shantell Martin is Collaborating With the New York City Ballet

Known for Her Free-Form Line Drawings, Shantell Martin is Collaborating With the New York City Ballet

Artist Shantell Martin x New York City Ballet   BRITISH ARTIST Shantell Martin has turned her bold, black-and-white line drawings into a cottage industry. Over the past decade, Martin has parlayed her work into a series of high-profile exhibitions, projects, and collaborations. In her latest venture, she’s transformed David H. Koch Theater, home of the...
Rico Gatson Installed a Series of Powerful, Radiating Portraits of Historic Cultural Figures in a Bronx Subway Station

Rico Gatson Installed a Series of Powerful, Radiating Portraits of Historic Cultural Figures in a Bronx Subway Station

James Baldwin by Rico Gatson   THE YEAR 2019 is off to a promising start for artist Rico Gatson. Paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., he unveiled a mural titled “Mountain Top” at CityPlace, a shopping plaza and entertainment destination in downtown West Palm Beach, Fla. Also this month, he debuted a series of...