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Culture Type: The Month in Black Art, September 2022

Culture Type: The Month in Black Art, September 2022

  September marked the start of the fall exhibition season, the death of artist Valerie Maynard, and announcements of several six-figure artist prizes   LIVES | Valerie Maynard (1937-2022) was subject of focused survey at Baltimore Museum of Art (2020-21) and keynote speaker and honorary degree recipient at Maryland Institute...
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New Appointments Announced at Studio Museum in Harlem, National Gallery of Canada, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Terra Foundation & More

New Appointments Announced at Studio Museum in Harlem, National Gallery of Canada, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Terra Foundation & More

  SEVERAL ART INSTITUTIONS announced notable new curatorial and leadership appointments over the past month, including newly created roles at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago:   T. Camille Martin-Thomsen is incoming dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs at The School of the Art...
Closing Soon: Must-See New York Gallery Exhibitions Showcase Works by Sylvia Snowden, Naudline Pierre, Walter Price, Wole Lagunju, and Ebony J. Patterson

Closing Soon: Must-See New York Gallery Exhibitions Showcase Works by Sylvia Snowden, Naudline Pierre, Walter Price, Wole Lagunju, and Ebony J. Patterson

  IN NEW YORK CITY, five must-see solo exhibitions are dedicated to artists whose practices are largely focused on painting: Sylvia Snowden, Naudline Pierre, Walter Price, Wole Lagunju, and Ebony J. Patterson. Expressing themselves through abstraction and figuration, the artists explore fantasy worlds, beauty, violence, religion, and “mental landscapes.” The gallery shows close this weekend:...
Latest News in Black Art: Stanley Whitney Joins Gagosian Gallery, Tourmaline and Helena Uambembe Take Top Artist Prize at Art Basel, Scholar Tiffany E. Barber Wins Smithsonian Essay Award & More

Latest News in Black Art: Stanley Whitney Joins Gagosian Gallery, Tourmaline and Helena Uambembe Take Top Artist Prize at Art Basel, Scholar Tiffany E. Barber Wins Smithsonian Essay Award & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Artist Stanley Whitney. | Photo by Jeannette Montgomery Barron/Trunk Archive   Representation After presenting a solo exhibition of new paintings by Stanley Whitney at Gagosian Rome in 2020, the international mega-gallery announced its representation of...
Ernie Barnes Iconic 'Sugar Shack' Painting on Loan to Houston Museum One Month After Record-Shattering Auction Sale

Ernie Barnes Iconic ‘Sugar Shack’ Painting on Loan to Houston Museum One Month After Record-Shattering Auction Sale

  THE VICTOR IN A FIERCE BIDDING WAR, art collector Bill Perkins paid a record-shattering $15.3 million for “The Sugar Shack” (1976) by Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) at Christie’s New York on May 12. The iconic painting was estimated to sell for about $200,000, so the staggering price made international news and brought long overdue, widespread...
Latest News in Black Art: Orange County Museum Commissions Sanford Biggers Sculpture, Theaster Gates 'Black Chapel' Debuts at Serpentine, Miranda Forrester Joins Tiwani Contemporary & More

Latest News in Black Art: Orange County Museum Commissions Sanford Biggers Sculpture, Theaster Gates ‘Black Chapel’ Debuts at Serpentine, Miranda Forrester Joins Tiwani Contemporary & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Rendering of “Of many waters…” (2022) by Sanford Biggers on the Sculpture Terrace of the forthcoming Orange County Museum of Art, opening to the public in October 2022. | Photo: Morphosis   Commissions When the...
Closing Soon: Must-See New York Gallery Exhibitions Showcase Works by Lorraine O'Grady, Terry Adkins, Lauren Halsey, and Tavares Strachan

Closing Soon: Must-See New York Gallery Exhibitions Showcase Works by Lorraine O’Grady, Terry Adkins, Lauren Halsey, and Tavares Strachan

  IN NEW YORK CITY, four must-see solo exhibitions showcase works by artists with singular practices: Lorraine O’Grady, Terry Adkins, Tavares Strachan, and Lauren Halsey. Spanning three generations, the artists work across multiple mediums mining Black history, culture, and experience through conceptual lenses. The gallery shows close this weekend:   LORRAINE O’GRADY, “Gaze,” 1991/2019 (archival...
On View: See Images From 'Joy Yamusangie: Feeling Good,' Inspired by Expressive Nature of Jazz, Exhibition Explores Identity and Social Constructs at NOW Gallery in London

On View: See Images From ‘Joy Yamusangie: Feeling Good,’ Inspired by Expressive Nature of Jazz, Exhibition Explores Identity and Social Constructs at NOW Gallery in London

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE RECIPIENT OF NOW Gallery’s 2022 Young Artist Commission, Joy Yamusangie is staging an immersive solo show, envisioning the London gallery as a jazz club. Following collaborations with Gucci, Paul Smith, Penguin Books, and Nike, the Congolese-British artist sought to realize their own singular vision. Yamusangie’s...
Latest News in Black Art: Odili Donald Odita Joins David Kordansky Gallery, California Reparations Report Addresses Artist's Rights, MoMA Acquires Archibald Motley Painting

Latest News in Black Art: Odili Donald Odita Joins David Kordansky Gallery, California Reparations Report Addresses Artist’s Rights, MoMA Acquires Archibald Motley Painting

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   ARCHIBALD MOTLEY JR., “Tongues (Holy Rollers),” 1929 (oil on canvas, 29 1/4 × 36 1/8 inches / 74.3 × 91.8 cm). | Bequest of Janice H. Levin (by exchange). © Archibald John Motley Jr. Courtesy...
In California, Elena Gross is Incoming Co-Director at Berkeley Art Center, Which Champions Bay Area Artists and Curators

In California, Elena Gross is Incoming Co-Director at Berkeley Art Center, Which Champions Bay Area Artists and Curators

IN BERKELEY, CALIF., Elena Gross is joining the Berkeley Art Center (BAC) as co-director. Gross brings eight years of experience working in the Bay Area arts community and a background that spans museums, culturally specific institutions, commercial galleries, independent nonprofits, and arts publications. Gross is currently director of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Museum...
Latest News in Black Art: Legendary Artist & Activist Samella Lewis Has Died, CAAM Launches Publishing Program, and Major Appointments at Newfields, MFA Boston

Latest News in Black Art: Legendary Artist & Activist Samella Lewis Has Died, CAAM Launches Publishing Program, and Major Appointments at Newfields, MFA Boston

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Last year, the College Art Association recognized Los Angeles-based artist Samella Lewis with a lifetime achievement award. | Courtesy CAA   Lives Samella Lewis (1923-2022), a legendary figure in the field of African American art,...
Seeing in Texas: From Dallas to Houston and San Antonio, Museums are Showcasing a Spectrum of African American Art

Seeing in Texas: From Dallas to Houston and San Antonio, Museums are Showcasing a Spectrum of African American Art

Detail of “Lonnie Holley: Coming From the Earth” at Dallas Contemporary   FOR HIS FIRST EXHIBITION IN TEXAS, Lonnie Holley, 72, is presenting a new series of ceramic works at Dallas Contemporary. The Alabama artist’s creativity is informed by struggle and hardship and draws on his curiosity. Holley works in a variety of mediums but...
Latest News in Black Art: Joyce J. Scott Honored by Johns Hopkins, Darren Walker Receives France's Highest Honor, Felrath Hines Auction Record & More

Latest News in Black Art: Joyce J. Scott Honored by Johns Hopkins, Darren Walker Receives France’s Highest Honor, Felrath Hines Auction Record & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Baltimore artist Joyce J. Scott. | Photo courtesy of Grace Roselli   Awards & Honors Renowned bead artist Joyce J. Scott received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Johns Hopkins University on May 22....
New Exhibition at SAAM's Renwick Gallery Features Artwork of Bisa Butler, Nick Cave, Sonya Clark, and More

New Exhibition at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery Features Artwork of Bisa Butler, Nick Cave, Sonya Clark, and More

    THIS PRESENT MOMENT: CRAFTING A BETTER WORLD, a new exhibition on view at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft. The exhibition highlights the role that artists play in our world to spark essential conversations by asking two questions: How have you reimagined...
Top Lot by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Portrait by Amy Sherald, and Record-Setting Painting by Reggie Burrows Hodges Factor in Most Successful Auction in Phillips History

Top Lot by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Portrait by Amy Sherald, and Record-Setting Painting by Reggie Burrows Hodges Factor in Most Successful Auction in Phillips History

  PHILLIPS LATEST 20th Century & Contemporary Evening Sale featured 36 lots and totaled $225 million. The result, Phillips said, made it the most successful auction in the company’s history. A huge share of the auction value on May 18 in New York came from a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). The top lot...
Faith Ringgold Makes Time 100, Influential Artist Has 'Painted, Sculpted, Written, Sewed, and Incited Change All Her Life'

Faith Ringgold Makes Time 100, Influential Artist Has ‘Painted, Sculpted, Written, Sewed, and Incited Change All Her Life’

  THE TIME 100 LIST of the most influential people of 2022 was announced today and Faith Ringgold, 91, was among the many impressive figures honored. The newsmagazine enlisted Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem to pay tribute to Ringgold. Golden began her text with a succinct assessment of...
Christina Quarles, Simone Leigh, and Jennifer Packer Set Soaring New Records at Sotheby's New Now Evening Auction, Kerry James Marshall Painting is Top Lot

Christina Quarles, Simone Leigh, and Jennifer Packer Set Soaring New Records at Sotheby’s New Now Evening Auction, Kerry James Marshall Painting is Top Lot

  INTRODUCED AS A COMPLEMENT to Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Auction, the New Now Evening Auction is distinguished by its currency. The auction “focuses on the art of our time, offering the most exciting, cutting-edge works on the market.” The second edition of the sale was an attention getter with works by women representing more than...
Latest News in Black Art: Ernie Barnes Gets New York Gallery Representation, Gilane Tawadros is Next Director of Whitechapel Gallery, Roy DeCarava x Supreme Collab

Latest News in Black Art: Ernie Barnes Gets New York Gallery Representation, Gilane Tawadros is Next Director of Whitechapel Gallery, Roy DeCarava x Supreme Collab

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Gilane Tawadros is the incoming director of Whitechapel Gallery in London. | Photo © Brian Benson   Appointments London’s Whitechapel Gallery announced Gilane Tawadros as its next director. A curator, writer, and art historian by...
Charmaine Jefferson Elected Board Chair at California Institute of the Arts, Where Charles Gaines Taught and Mark Bradford, Henry Taylor, and Lauren Halsey Earned Degrees

Charmaine Jefferson Elected Board Chair at California Institute of the Arts, Where Charles Gaines Taught and Mark Bradford, Henry Taylor, and Lauren Halsey Earned Degrees

  CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS elected Charmaine Jefferson chair of its board of trustees. A veteran arts administrator, she has been a member of the board at CalArts since 2006. Her appointment is historic, Jefferson is the first Black person to lead the board since the school was founded more than half a century...
Latest News in Black Art: Howard University Acquires 252 Gordon Parks Photos, Deana Lawson Wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Smithsonian Adds 200+ Works by Craft Artists to Collection & More

Latest News in Black Art: Howard University Acquires 252 Gordon Parks Photos, Deana Lawson Wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Smithsonian Adds 200+ Works by Craft Artists to Collection & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   GORDON PARKS, “Marian Anderson broadcasting a Negro spiritual at the dedication of a mural installed in U.S. Department of the Interior building, commemorating the outdoor concert she gave at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters...
In New York, Public Art Fund Welcomes New Senior Curator: 'Among Her Generation, Allison Glenn Has Emerged as a Leading Curatorial Voice'

In New York, Public Art Fund Welcomes New Senior Curator: ‘Among Her Generation, Allison Glenn Has Emerged as a Leading Curatorial Voice’

THE NEXUS OF ART and community is central to the work of curator Allison Glenn. She is taking on a new role that will fuel that focus, bringing contemporary art to broader audiences through public art initiatives. After stints in New Orleans, Bentonville, Ark., and Houston, Glenn is headed to New York City where she...