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White Cube Gallery Announced Its Representation of Howardena Pindell, Artist Known for Profound Personal and Political Works and Innovative Use of Circular Motifs

White Cube Gallery Announced Its Representation of Howardena Pindell, Artist Known for Profound Personal and Political Works and Innovative Use of Circular Motifs

From left, Howardena Pindell, early in her career. | © the artist; Howardena Pindell, 2018. | Photo © Nathan Keay, Courtesy White Cube   ARTIST AND CURATOR Howardena Pindell (b. 1943) joined White Cube gallery. Emphasizing color, structure and process, Pindell’s multidisciplinary practice explores an array of social and political...
On View: 'Diedrick Brackens: Blood Compass' at Jack Shainman Gallery Presents Poetic, Painterly Weavings Made Over Past 6 Years

On View: ‘Diedrick Brackens: Blood Compass’ at Jack Shainman Gallery Presents Poetic, Painterly Weavings Made Over Past 6 Years

On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   Installation view of DIEDRICK BRACKENS, “forks of the creek,” 2023 (cotton and acrylic yarn, 86 x 156 inches), “Diedrick Brackens: blood compass,” Jack Shainman Gallery, 46 Lafayette Street, New York, N.Y., 2024. | © Diedrick Brackens. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman...
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Latest News in Black Art: Raymond Saunders Joined David Zwirner, Southern Guild Hired New LA Directors, Ibrahim Mahama and Dalton Paula Win Artist Awards & More

Latest News in Black Art: Raymond Saunders Joined David Zwirner, Southern Guild Hired New LA Directors, Ibrahim Mahama and Dalton Paula Win Artist Awards & More

Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   RAYMOND SAUNDERS, Untitled, 1990 (mixed media on wood, triptych; Each: 96 x 48 inches / 243.8 x 121.9 cm; Overall: 96 x 144 inches / 243.8 x 365.8 cm). | © Raymond Saunders. Courtesy the artist, Andrew...
Coming Soon: SFMOMA Will Present Largest-Ever Exhibition of Amy Sherald, Artist Known for Poetic Portraits

Coming Soon: SFMOMA Will Present Largest-Ever Exhibition of Amy Sherald, Artist Known for Poetic Portraits

AMY SHERALD, “For love, and for country,” 2022 (oil on linen, 313 x 236.5 x 6.4 cm / 123 1/4 x 93 1/8 x 2 1/2 inches). | San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Amy Sherald; photo: Joseph Hyde, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth   THE FIRST MID-CAREER SURVEY of Amy Sherald...
Richard Mayhew at 100: Artistic Community Pays Tribute to 'One of America's Most Important Landscape Painters'

Richard Mayhew at 100: Artistic Community Pays Tribute to ‘One of America’s Most Important Landscape Painters’

Richard Mayhew was born April 3, 1924 in Amityville, N.Y. The artist is shown in his studio in Soquel, Calif. | Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan, New York, N.Y.   TODAY IS A GLORIOUS DAY marking the 100th birthday of Richard Mayhew. An artist, educator, and U.S. Marine veteran, Mayhew is the last living member of...
Marian Anderson's Famed Concert on the Steps of the Lincoln Memorial Occurred Easter Sunday in 1939, Several Artists Have Captured the Historic Moment

Marian Anderson’s Famed Concert on the Steps of the Lincoln Memorial Occurred Easter Sunday in 1939, Several Artists Have Captured the Historic Moment

ROBERT S. SCURLOCK, Marian Anderson’s Easter concert at the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939 (negative). | Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution   FROM THE STEPS of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Marian Anderson (1897-1993) gave a memorable concert on April 9, 1939. The contralto singer opened with...
Latest News in Black Art: Ingrid Pollard Wins Hasselblad Photography Award, New Gallery Representation for Alberta Wittle, Coco Fusco, and Julien Creuzet & More

Latest News in Black Art: Ingrid Pollard Wins Hasselblad Photography Award, New Gallery Representation for Alberta Wittle, Coco Fusco, and Julien Creuzet & More

Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Ingrid Pollard reflects on her work and winning the 2024 Hasselblad Award. When she was first contacted about the honor, Pollard assumed it was a scam. After realizing she indeed was the recipient, she thought about being...
Mati Diop Won Top Prize at Berlin International Film Festival for Documentary About Return of Looted Art to Benin

Mati Diop Won Top Prize at Berlin International Film Festival for Documentary About Return of Looted Art to Benin

Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop won the 2024 Berlin International Film Festival top prize for the documentary “Dahomey,” which she wrote, directed, and co-produced. | Photo courtesy Berlin Film Festivals   Mati Diop is the first Black filmmaker to win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival   IN 2021, FRANCE RETURNED 26 artworks...
Lauren Haynes Named Head Curator of Governors Island in New York, She is Expected to Grow the Public Art Program

Lauren Haynes Named Head Curator of Governors Island in New York, She is Expected to Grow the Public Art Program

Governors Island: The Exchange (aerial view), show­ing the icon­ic forms designed to evoke the dra­mat­ic land­scapes and hills of the island with the skyscrapers that define Manhattan’s skyline in the background. | © SOM | Miysis via Governors Island   GOVERNORS ISLAND offers a quick escape from the city streets to a park-like environment with...
Benjamin Wigfall and Communications Village: Career-Spanning Exhibition Explores Artist's Biography, Practice, and Creative Community He Nurtured

Benjamin Wigfall and Communications Village: Career-Spanning Exhibition Explores Artist’s Biography, Practice, and Creative Community He Nurtured

Installation view of “Benjamin Wigfall and Communications Village” (2023-24), Torggler Fine Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va. | Courtesy the Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center, Photography by Echard Wheeler   THE FIRST RETROSPECTIVE of artist, curator, and educator Benjamin Wigfall (1930-2017) is a tour de force shedding light on an important artist...
Hidden Gems: U.S. Museums are Showcasing 5 Significant, Yet Under-Known Artists Whose Practices Warrant Broader Attention

Hidden Gems: U.S. Museums are Showcasing 5 Significant, Yet Under-Known Artists Whose Practices Warrant Broader Attention

THE LYMAN ALLYN ART MUSEUM is adjacent to Connecticut College in New London, Conn. Barkley L. Hendricks taught at the school for nearly four decades and last year the museum presented a survey of the late artist who is highly regarded for his striking portraits. This year, Lyman Allyn is showing works by Norma Morgan,...
Looking Ahead: Jennie C. Jones is Taking on Metropolitan Museum of Art's Rooftop Garden Commission in 2025

Looking Ahead: Jennie C. Jones is Taking on Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Rooftop Garden Commission in 2025

THE ROOF GARDEN of The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers majestic, panoramic views of the New York City skyline. Each year, the museum selects an artist to create a rooftop installation that highlights their practice, engages with The Met collection, and responds to the picturesque outdoor space. The project provides the encyclopedic museum with a...
Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces Newly Created Position, Appoints Dalila Scruggs Inaugural Augusta Savage Curator of African American Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces Newly Created Position, Appoints Dalila Scruggs Inaugural Augusta Savage Curator of African American Art

THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM (SAAM) announced the appointment of Dalila Scruggs to a newly created role on its curatorial team. Scruggs is joining the Washington, D.C., museum as the inaugural Augusta Savage Curator of African American Art. Currently, she is curator for photography and prints at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for...
2024 Tate Britain Commission Goes to Artist Alvaro Barrington: 'My Mind Has Been Spinning Since I First Got Invited to Do It'

2024 Tate Britain Commission Goes to Artist Alvaro Barrington: ‘My Mind Has Been Spinning Since I First Got Invited to Do It’

TATE BRITAIN selected Alvaro Barrington (b.1983) for the next Tate Britain Commission. The annual commission is a site-specific work presented in the grand neo-classical Duveen Galleries of the London museum. Exploring themes of “place and belonging,” Barrington’s installation opens May 26. “We are thrilled that Alvaro Barrington is taking on this year’s Tate Britain Commission....
Latest News in Black Art: Kelly Sinnapah Mary Joins James Cohan, Gary Tyler Wins Frieze LA Impact Prize,  Harlem Landscape Designer Working with Dia Beacon & More

Latest News in Black Art: Kelly Sinnapah Mary Joins James Cohan, Gary Tyler Wins Frieze LA Impact Prize, Harlem Landscape Designer Working with Dia Beacon & More

Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   KELLY SINNAPAH MARY, Installation view of “Notebook of No Return: Memories (Mama),” 2022 (triptych, acrylic on canvas, 99 x 77.5 inches each, three total), “everything slackens in a wreck.” Shown, Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, N.Y. (2022)....
Cauleen Smith is Shining a Light on the Powerful Poetry of Wanda Coleman and the Contours of Los Angeles that Inspired Her

Cauleen Smith is Shining a Light on the Powerful Poetry of Wanda Coleman and the Contours of Los Angeles that Inspired Her

CAULEEN SMITH, Still from “The Wanda Coleman Songbook,” 2024. The installation is accompanied by limited-edition soundtrack with contributions by Kelsey Lu, Shala Miller, moor mother and Aquiles Navarro, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jeff Parker and Ruby Parker, Alice Smith, and Jamila Woods and Standing on the Corner. | © Cauleen Smith. Courtesy the artist and 52 Walker,...
2024 David C. Driskell Prize Goes to Naomi Beckwith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Guggenheim Museum: 'I Am Equal Parts Elated and Humbled'

2024 David C. Driskell Prize Goes to Naomi Beckwith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Guggenheim Museum: ‘I Am Equal Parts Elated and Humbled’

THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART announced Naomi Beckwith is the recipient of the 2024 David C. Driskell Prize. The $50,000 prize is awarded annually to an artist, curator, or scholar in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of African American art. Beckwith is the deputy director and Jennifer and David Stockman chief curator of...
Historic Appointment: Robert C. Davidson Jr., is New Chair of Smithsonian American Art Museum's Board of Commissioners

Historic Appointment: Robert C. Davidson Jr., is New Chair of Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Board of Commissioners

THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM (SAAM) in Washington, D.C., has a new board chair. Robert “Bob” C. Davidson Jr., was appointed chair of SAAM’s Board of Commissioners, effective Jan. 1, 2024. The news was announced Feb. 15. He was appointed by his fellow commissioners to a four-year term. Davidson is the retired chairman, CEO, and...
Jack Shainman Gallery Adds Charisse Pearlina Weston to Roster of Artists Engaged in Social and Cultural Issues

Jack Shainman Gallery Adds Charisse Pearlina Weston to Roster of Artists Engaged in Social and Cultural Issues

Charisse Pearlina Weston. | Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery   CONCEPTUAL ARTIST Charisse Pearlina Weston is now represented by Jack Shainman. The New York gallery has an international roster of nearly 40 artists recognized for exploring social and cultural issues in their work, including Nina Chanel Abney, El Anatsui, Nick Cave, Kerry James Marshall, Meleko Mokgosi,...
Painter Sam Gilliam Remained Highly Productive in His Last Five Years, 'He Was Talking About Freedom, Expression, and Commitment to Abstract Art'

Painter Sam Gilliam Remained Highly Productive in His Last Five Years, ‘He Was Talking About Freedom, Expression, and Commitment to Abstract Art’

Installation view of “Sam Gilliam: The Last Five Years” at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition features a symphony of drape paintings made by the artist in 2018. | Courtesy David Kordansky Gallery   IN LOS ANGELES, a symphony of color-soaked canvases are suspended from the ceiling of the South Gallery at David...
New York: Closing Soon, 5 Gallery Shows Feature Works by Theaster Gates, Nathaniel Oliver, Tuli Mekondjo, Richmond Barthé, Christopher Udemezue, and Gerald Lovell

New York: Closing Soon, 5 Gallery Shows Feature Works by Theaster Gates, Nathaniel Oliver, Tuli Mekondjo, Richmond Barthé, Christopher Udemezue, and Gerald Lovell

FIVE GALLERY EXHIBITIONS, on view in New York City, explore similar themes—personal narratives and collective histories—across a wide variety of mediums and styles. Theaster Gates is presenting sculptures and conceptual installations. Nathaniel Oliver and Gerald Lovell make figurative paintings. Tuli Mekondjo’s textiles are mixed-media hanging works. Meanwhile, Richmond Barthé’s modernist sculptures are in conversation with...
Essence Harden is Curating the Focus Section of Frieze Los Angeles Around the Theme of 'Ecologies' and Showcasing the City's Vibrant Art Ecosystem

Essence Harden is Curating the Focus Section of Frieze Los Angeles Around the Theme of ‘Ecologies’ and Showcasing the City’s Vibrant Art Ecosystem

For Frieze Los Angeles 2024, curator Essence Harden offers a cultural guide to the city. | Video by Frieze   LOS ANGELES IS A CITY of diverse cultures, creative communities, and dedicated local figures who help to knit it all together. Essence Harden is drawn to these unique characteristics of the city and is bringing...