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Faith Ringgold, 90, Talked to CBS About Her Art, Activism, and Perseverance: 'Anyone Can Fly, All You've Got to Do is Try'

Faith Ringgold, 90, Talked to CBS About Her Art, Activism, and Perseverance: ‘Anyone Can Fly, All You’ve Got to Do is Try’

  FOR DECADES Faith Ringgold fought to be seen and heard and for representation of Black artists and women artists in New York City museums, all the while following her own creative path. Her activism has opened doors for many, including the artist herself. On the occasion of a major survey of her work at...
Photographer Tyler Mitchell is Teaching a MasterClass: 'It's Always Been Important to Me to Share and Make Accessible the Information I've Learned Along the Way'

Photographer Tyler Mitchell is Teaching a MasterClass: ‘It’s Always Been Important to Me to Share and Make Accessible the Information I’ve Learned Along the Way’

  SPIKE LEE TEACHES independent filmmaking. Anna Wintour provides insights about leadership. Frank Gehry offers fundamentals about architecture and design. A fine art and fashion photographer, Tyler Mitchell provides instruction on how to tell stories through portrait photography. Mitchell shot to fame in the creative world when he became the first Black photographer and youngest...
Museums From Miami to Milwaukee are Recognizing Artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Her Deeply Personal, Poetic Work

Museums From Miami to Milwaukee are Recognizing Artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Her Deeply Personal, Poetic Work

  NASHVILLE, TENN.-BASED, Cuban-born artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons makes deeply personal and poetic work. A key figure in post-revolutionary Cuban art, she has received international attention over the past three decades. Currently, her unique practice is being celebrated with a prestigious prize from the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); acquisitions at the Institute of Contemporary...
Kerry James Marshall Painted a Portrait of Harvard Scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Kerry James Marshall Painted a Portrait of Harvard Scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.

  A NEW PORTRAIT of Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr., was painted by Kerry James Marshall, the critically acclaimed Chicago painter. A prolific author and Harvard University professor, Gates is a widely regarded authority on African American history and literature whose influence extends far beyond academia. Most recently, he served as executive producer of the...
National Gallery of Art Acquires Howardena Pindell's Seminal Video 'Free, White and 21'

National Gallery of Art Acquires Howardena Pindell’s Seminal Video ‘Free, White and 21’

  THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART (NGA) recently acquired “Free, White and 21” (1980), a seminal video installation by artist Howardena Pindell. She was 37 years old when she filmed herself facing the camera recounting her personal experiences with racism and bias as a young Black woman in America. Pindell also performs as a white...
New Florida Home of Tennis Phenom Serena Williams Has Art Gallery Featuring Works by Radcliffe Bailey and Leonardo Drew

New Florida Home of Tennis Phenom Serena Williams Has Art Gallery Featuring Works by Radcliffe Bailey and Leonardo Drew

  NORTH OF MIAMI, the new home of tennis champion Serena Williams boasts a trophy room with open shelves displaying her U.S. Open, Wimbledon, French Open, and Australian Open awards and a living room space where her growing art collection, including works by Radcliffe Bailey and Leonardo Drew, is on view. She moved into the...
Rev. William J. Barber II on Ascension of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris: 'You Are the Light of the World'

Rev. William J. Barber II on Ascension of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris: ‘You Are the Light of the World’

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on Nov. 7, 2020   PERFORMANCE ART takes many forms. On Sunday, it was realized in the impassioned sermon preached by Rev. William J. Barber II from the pulpit of his Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C. Invoking history, astronomy, and the lyrics of Mary J. Blige, he said Vice President-Elect...
America the Beautiful: Vision of Artist Lorraine O'Grady and Voice of Ray Charles Inspire New Biden-Harris Video

America the Beautiful: Vision of Artist Lorraine O’Grady and Voice of Ray Charles Inspire New Biden-Harris Video

  A NEW VIDEO produced by the Biden-Harris campaign, captures Americans from all walks of life at home and work, in bustling cities and expansive rural landscapes, from sea to shining sea. With the Ray Charles rendition of “America the Beautiful” serving as the soundtrack, the video depicts Americans holding up ornate gold picture frames,...
Fulton Leroy Washington Honed His Artistic Talent in Prison, the Made in L.A. Biennial is Giving Him a New Platform

Fulton Leroy Washington Honed His Artistic Talent in Prison, the Made in L.A. Biennial is Giving Him a New Platform

  PAINTINGS ARE POWERFUL. They influence generations of artists (Picasso’s “Guernica”), encourage pilgrimages to museums (Amy Sherald’s portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama), and garner millions of dollars at auction (“Past Times” by Kerry James Marshall). Inspired by Francis Bicknell Carpenter’s “First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln” (1864), artist Fulton Leroy Washington...
In the Wake of COVID-19, Inveterate Traveler Theaster Gates is Grounded in Chicago, Making Pottery Again, and Still Collaborating

In the Wake of COVID-19, Inveterate Traveler Theaster Gates is Grounded in Chicago, Making Pottery Again, and Still Collaborating

Theaster Gates is featured in “Firsthand: Coronavirus,” a series from Chicago’s PBS affiliate. | Video by WTTW   TRAVELING THE GLOBE is a constant in the life of artist Theaster Gates. His schedule of exhibitions, talks, lectures, and projects is unrelenting. Gates has a diverse portfolio. In his bio, he states that his practice “focuses...
Virtual Reality Video Invites Viewers to Step Inside the Veiled Ideal of Kerry James Marshall's 'Our Town' Painting

Virtual Reality Video Invites Viewers to Step Inside the Veiled Ideal of Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Our Town’ Painting

  DETAILS ARE CRITICAL in Kerry James Marshall‘s paintings. In “Our Town” (1995), the artist portrays a pleasant 1950s-era neighborhood scene. A young boy bikes down a vehicle-free lane with his sister and their dog running alongside him. Wearing an apron, their mother can be seen in the distant background waving from the walkway of...
93-Year Old Artist Betye Saar to CBS News: 'The Creative Part of Me is Forever Young'

93-Year Old Artist Betye Saar to CBS News: ‘The Creative Part of Me is Forever Young’

  A CBS SUNDAY MORNING profile of assemblage artist Betye Saar aired Feb. 23. The segment opens with red carpet footage of the Art + Film Gala held last November at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Honored that evening, Saar walks the red carpet in a black beaded gown by Gucci (one...
Sundance Features Documentaries About Betye Saar and Agnes Gund, Black Women Directors Celebrated With Top Awards

Sundance Features Documentaries About Betye Saar and Agnes Gund, Black Women Directors Celebrated With Top Awards

Betye Saar in the short documentary “Taking Care of Business,” directed by Christine Turner   BLACK FILMMAKERS and black stories are an increasing presence at the Sundance Film Festival. This year a number of projects garnered attention, including documentaries about artist Betye Saar and philanthropist and art collector Agnes Gund, and three films by black...
Artist Kehinde Wiley Talks About President Obama and His 'Rumors of War' Monument on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Artist Kehinde Wiley Talks About President Obama and His ‘Rumors of War’ Monument on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

  VISITING THE DAILY SHOW, Kehinde Wiley discussed his recent projects with host Trevor Noah. Wiley explained the symbolism of “Rumors of War,” his largest work to date depicting a young black man with dreads, wearing a hoodie and Jordans, astride a horse. Standing 27 feet high, the monumental work debuted in Times Square in...
Writer Roxane Gay Weighs in on Kara Walker's Work at the New MoMA: 'It's Important that You Don't Look Away'

Writer Roxane Gay Weighs in on Kara Walker’s Work at the New MoMA: ‘It’s Important that You Don’t Look Away’

  IN ANTICIPATION OF ITS REOPENING, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York asked writer Roxane Gay to select a work of art from its collection and discuss what she sees in it. She chose “Christ’s Entry Into Journalism” (2017) by Kara Walker. “She has managed in a series of figures to depict...
A Pioneer of Conceptual Art, Lorna Simpson Receives 2019 Getty Medal

A Pioneer of Conceptual Art, Lorna Simpson Receives 2019 Getty Medal

  AGAINST A STORMY BACKDROP, the 2019 J. Paul Getty Medals were presented to Mary Beard, an author and classics professor at the University of Cambridge, and American artists Ed Ruscha and Lorna Simpson. The recipients were announced in January and a dinner was held in their honor Sept. 16. Simpson’s recent paintings have been...