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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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At LACMA, Artists Betye Saar and Alison Saar Discuss Intriguing Objects from the Museum's Collection

At LACMA, Artists Betye Saar and Alison Saar Discuss Intriguing Objects from the Museum’s Collection

Alison Saar on Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. | Video by LACMA   CONTAINED IN A DISPLAY BOX, the figure is at once elegant and rough hewn. “She’s a strong, intense female figure …She’s got her one hand up doing this kind of shimmy thing. She is just out there and strutting her stuff,” says artist Alison...
Black Men Keep Getting Killed by Police, Carrie Mae Weems Offers a Graceful Reflection

Black Men Keep Getting Killed by Police, Carrie Mae Weems Offers a Graceful Reflection

A behind-the-scenes look at “Grace Notes: Reflections for Now” by Carrie Mae Weems | Video by Art21   AMID THE TRAGEDY AND VIOLENCE of black lives snuffed out at a Charleston, S.C., church during Bible study and gunned down on the streets of countless cities across the United States at the hands of police, artist...
Martin Puryear Appreciates the Dichotomy of 'Big Bling,' His Largest Sculpture to Date

Martin Puryear Appreciates the Dichotomy of ‘Big Bling,’ His Largest Sculpture to Date

Martin Puryear: “Big Bling” | Video by Art21   RISING AMONG THE TREES in Madison Square Park, “Big Bling” is a monument to Martin Puryear‘s practice. Standing 40-feet high, it is the largest temporary outdoor sculpture the artist has created. Part animal, part abstract form, from afar the voluminous sculpture looks heavy, but upon closer...
Painter Stanley Whitney: 'I Don't Have a Theory About Color'

Painter Stanley Whitney: ‘I Don’t Have a Theory About Color’

In the Studio with Stanley Whitney, May 2016 | Video by Lisson Gallery   WROUGHT WITH IMPROVISATION and experimentation, when it comes to color, Stanley Whitney‘s bold canvases are defined by an ordered approach to composition. Following a spate of 2015 exhibitions, including “Dance the Orange,” a critically recognized solo show at the Studio Museum...