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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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Recommended: LA Times Talks to LaToya Ruby Frazier, Bomb Chats with Theaster Gates, Fast Company on Weeksville

Recommended: LA Times Talks to LaToya Ruby Frazier, Bomb Chats with Theaster Gates, Fast Company on Weeksville

  RECOMMENDED FEATURES recently published content from around the web, recommendations from Culture Type worth taking the time to explore:   “Theaster Gates by Tom McDonough” | Bomb Magazine Tom McDonough engages Chicago artist and urban visionary Theaster Gates in a conversation about the many activities that define his robust, less-than-a-decade old practice. McDonough, chair...
Recommended: New Yorker on Black Southern Art at Met, AiA Talks to Kevin Beasley, New York on D.C. Art Scene

Recommended: New Yorker on Black Southern Art at Met, AiA Talks to Kevin Beasley, New York on D.C. Art Scene

RECOMMENDED FEATURES recently published content from around the web, recommendations from Culture Type worth taking the time to explore: “The Met Embraces Neglected Southern Artists” by Paige Williams | The New Yorker The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the acquisition of dozens of works by African American self-taught artists from the South including Thornton Dial,...
Holiday Gift Guide 2014: A Curated Selection for the Art Lovers on Your List

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: A Curated Selection for the Art Lovers on Your List

GIVE THE GIFT OF ART. Many highly regarded artists are designing functional art objects that would make perfect gifts for the art lovers on your list. Culture Type has assembled more than a dozen fabulous finds that fit any budget and would thrill family, friends and even the most scrutinizing art collectors. Who wouldn’t want...
Recommended: Hyperallergic on Martin Puryear, NY Times Profiles Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Renee Green in Artforum

Recommended: Hyperallergic on Martin Puryear, NY Times Profiles Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Renee Green in Artforum

RECOMMENDED READING FEATURES recently published content from around the web, recommendations from Culture Type worth taking the time to explore: Some Thoughts About Richard Serra and Martin Puryear by John Yau | Hyperallergic Martin Puryear and Richard Serra were born two years apart and both attended Yale’s MFA program. Puryear draws on traditional woodworking skills,...
Recommended: AiA on Howardena Pindell, Walker Art Center on Bill T. Jones, Ocula on Isaac Julien

Recommended: AiA on Howardena Pindell, Walker Art Center on Bill T. Jones, Ocula on Isaac Julien

  RECOMMENDED READING FEATURES recently published content from around the web, recommendations from Culture Type worth taking the time to explore:   “The Hole Truth” by Raphael Rubinstein | Art in America Howardena Pindell has pursued a number of avenues in her work, but it is her fields of color punctuated with layered scatterings of...
Recommended Reading: New Yorker on Weeksville, Filmmaker Bradford Young in BOMB, WSJ on Kara Walker

Recommended Reading: New Yorker on Weeksville, Filmmaker Bradford Young in BOMB, WSJ on Kara Walker

RECOMMENDED READING FEATURES recently published content from around the web, recommendations from Culture Type worth taking the time to explore: “Recovering Weeksville” By Brandon Harris | The New Yorker The new Weeksville Heritage Center, “Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural center,” cements the legacy of the black landowning community for which it was named. Straddling Bedford-Stuyvesant and...
Weekend Viewing: Kara Walker in Conversation with Filmmaker Ava DuVernay

Weekend Viewing: Kara Walker in Conversation with Filmmaker Ava DuVernay

The Broad brought Kara Walker and Ava DuVernay together for a conversation on Oct. 11, 2014, in Beverly Hills.   HOUSING THE EXPANSIVE Eli and Edythe Broad collection of post-war and contemporary art, The Broad museum will open its doors in downtown Los Angeles next year. In the lead up to its debut, the museum...
Weekend Reading: Catching Up on Contemporary African Art in Anticipation of 1:54 Fair

Weekend Reading: Catching Up on Contemporary African Art in Anticipation of 1:54 Fair

Highlights from conversations at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, October 2013. | Video by 1:54 Art Fair   NEXT WEEK, THE SECOND EDITION of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair opens at Somerset House in London (Oct. 16-19, 2014). Emphasizing that Africa is not a monolith, but rather a diverse continent composed of 54...
Weekend Reading: The Intersecting Worlds of Chris Ofili and David Adjaye

Weekend Reading: The Intersecting Worlds of Chris Ofili and David Adjaye

Chris Ofili portrait by Malick Sidibe in Oct. 6, 2014 issue of The New Yorker   IN ADVANCE OF CHRIS OFILI’S first solo museum show in the United States, New Yorker writer Calvin Tompkins traveled to Trinidad where the artist lives and works. “Into the Unknown,” his comprehensive and revealing profile opens in a “dilapidated...
Weekend Listening: Hilton Als Talks with Toni Morrison, Thelma Golden and Khandi Alexander

Weekend Listening: Hilton Als Talks with Toni Morrison, Thelma Golden and Khandi Alexander

  TODAY HILTON ALS GUEST HOSTED STUDIO 360, the public radio program about the arts and the people who are shaping our culture. Filling in for regular host Kurt Andersen, the New Yorker critic took full advantage of the opportunity, delivering engaging conversations with three groundbreaking women in the arts.   Nobel Prize-winning author Toni...
Thelma Golden on the Studio Museum's 'Clear Mission'

Thelma Golden on the Studio Museum’s ‘Clear Mission’

    SIMILAR TO AN INNOVATIVE IDEA or a smart strategy, a sound mission will stand the test of time. When the Studio Museum in Harlem was established in 1968, its purpose was to serve as a nexus for black artists, to provide a platform for exposure and serve as a resource in an art...
Picturing the Black Diaspora

Picturing the Black Diaspora

  FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ERNEST COLE documenting blacks during apartheid-era South Africa and the work of Royal Court Photographer Chief S.O. Alonge in Benin, Nigeria, to Dean Chalkley’s images of Jamaican ‘Rude Boys’ in Britain, several recent and current exhibitions are presenting photography that documents the rich history, style and culture found throughout the...