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Black Motherhood and American Mourning: After Challenging Historic Narratives, Titus Kaphar Confronts Contemporary Realities

Black Motherhood and American Mourning: After Challenging Historic Narratives, Titus Kaphar Confronts Contemporary Realities

  FOR HIS FIRST EXHIBITION since joining Gagosian in April, Titus Kaphar is showing a series of new paintings. “Titus Kaphar: From a Tropical Space” is on view in New York. Kaphar has developed a practice around challenging art historical images from the 18th and 19th centuries and the American...
An Ode to Tina Turner, Nikita Gale's First Solo Museum Exhibition is About Refusal, Presence, and Visibility

An Ode to Tina Turner, Nikita Gale’s First Solo Museum Exhibition is About Refusal, Presence, and Visibility

“PRIVATE DANCER” (2020) by Nikita Gale   THE FIRST SOLO MUSEUM EXHIBITION of Nikita Gale is an abstract sculptural installation at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles. Composed of theatrical trusses and lighting, the work pays homage to Tina Turner’s 1984 album “Private Dancer.” Gale has invoked...
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New York: 5 Gallery Exhibitions Showcasing Works by Kevin Beasley, Ficre Ghebreyesus, Benny Andrews, Theaster Gates, and Odili Donald Odita

New York: 5 Gallery Exhibitions Showcasing Works by Kevin Beasley, Ficre Ghebreyesus, Benny Andrews, Theaster Gates, and Odili Donald Odita

  FALL IS ALWAYS PRIME TIME for exhibition programming and this season is no different, despite special protocols in place at galleries for in-person shows, given the pandemic. Some of the must-see art shows on view in New York City feature painting, both traditional forms and innovative mixed-media approaches incorporating a variety of materials. A...
James Little's Black Paintings are a 'Volley of Minimalist Ideals' Exposing the Drama, Richness, and Contrasting Values of Black

James Little’s Black Paintings are a ‘Volley of Minimalist Ideals’ Exposing the Drama, Richness, and Contrasting Values of Black

  WORKS BY TWO SINGULAR ARTISTS have been brought together for a tightly curated gallery exhibition titled “Louise Nevelson + James Little.” It’s an all black show. The practice of James Little is devoted to painting. He is known for his abstract works, geometric explorations driven by form and exuberant color. In his latest series,...
Stuart Clarke Rises to Board Chair at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore

Stuart Clarke Rises to Board Chair at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore

THE MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART (MICA) announced new board leadership. Stuart Clarke has served on MICA’s board of trustees since 2015, most recently as vice chair. On Oct. 16, he was unanimously elected chair and immediately assumed leadership of the Baltimore institution‘s governing body. “Our times and MICA’s specific context and opportunities call for...
Jammie Holmes Pours His Emotions Into His Paintings: 'When People Look at My Work I Want Them to Feel Something'

Jammie Holmes Pours His Emotions Into His Paintings: ‘When People Look at My Work I Want Them to Feel Something’

“Four Brown Chairs” (2020) by Jammie Holmes   FOUR YEARS AGO, Jammie Holmes started painting. He was working in a machine shop in Dallas, Texas, and thought the creative outlet would help calm his high blood pressure and anxiety. Between the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic and quarantine and the urgency of the racial justice...
Andrea Pippins Illustrated a New Kwanzaa Stamp, Offering a Contemporary Take on Traditional African American Holiday

Andrea Pippins Illustrated a New Kwanzaa Stamp, Offering a Contemporary Take on Traditional African American Holiday

  WITH THE HOLIDAY SEASON fast approaching, the U.S. Postal Service issued a new Kwanzaa stamp featuring artwork by Andrea Pippins. The Forever stamp was dedicated on Oct. 13. Pippins offers a contemporary take on the traditional African American holiday established in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, a professor of Africana studies. Working with a largely...
Vote 2020: With Election Season Underway, 30 Artists Present Thought-Provoking Art Reflecting on State of American Democracy

Vote 2020: With Election Season Underway, 30 Artists Present Thought-Provoking Art Reflecting on State of American Democracy

  THIS CAMPAIGN SEASON is like none other. In anticipation of the 2020 Presidential election, Rice University is presenting an intergenerational group exhibition focused on the state of democracy and some of the most urgent and divisive issues in American politics, namely voter access, police brutality, gun control, and immigration. “States of Mind: Art and...
Viewing Rooms: 10 Frieze London Exhibitors Presenting Solo Shows by Black Artists

Viewing Rooms: 10 Frieze London Exhibitors Presenting Solo Shows by Black Artists

  WORKS BY BLACK ARTISTS are showcased in many of the gallery presentations at the London edition of the Frieze art fair this year. Several galleries mounted solo shows focused on artists such as Theaster Gates, Faith Ringgold, Lauren Halsey, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Ben Enwonwu (1917-1994). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, artworks were presented...
Viewing Room: Salon 94 is Showcasing Artworks by Derrick Adams, Lyle Ashton Harris, Richard Wyatt Jr., and Robert Pruitt

Viewing Room: Salon 94 is Showcasing Artworks by Derrick Adams, Lyle Ashton Harris, Richard Wyatt Jr., and Robert Pruitt

Installation view of works by Richard Wyatt Jr., and Lyle Ashton Harris   NEW YORK-BASED SALON 94 gallery is showcasing works by seven artists, including Derrick Adams, Lyle Ashton Harris, Robert Pruitt, and Richard Wyatt Jr. The works are presented in the gallery’s Frieze Viewing Room. Frieze London 2020 was a hybrid event with limited...
On View: ADA / Contemporary Art Gallery in Accra, Ghana, Opens with Solo Exhibition of Collins Obijiaku

On View: ADA / Contemporary Art Gallery in Accra, Ghana, Opens with Solo Exhibition of Collins Obijiaku

“Papa and Joshua” (2020) by Collins Obijiaku   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A NEW COMMERCIAL GALLERY is opening in Accra, Ghana, on Oct. 15. Established by art advisor Adora Mba, ADA / Contemporary Art Gallery‘s inaugural exhibition features 17 portraits by emerging Nigerian artist Collins Obijiaku (born 1995). “Gindin Mangoro: Under...
Sculptor Simone Leigh is Representing the United States at 2022 Venice Biennale

Sculptor Simone Leigh is Representing the United States at 2022 Venice Biennale

  THE UNITED STATES will be represented by Simone Leigh at the 59th Venice Biennale. It’s a historic choice. Leigh is the first Black female artist ever selected to stage a solo exhibition in the American Pavilion at the prestigious international exhibition and she is the third African American artist in row chosen for the...
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Promotes Gwendolyn Perry Davis to Senior Director of Operations

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Promotes Gwendolyn Perry Davis to Senior Director of Operations

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO named a new senior director of operations. Gwendolyn Perry Davis has been elevated to the position, a critical leadership role overseeing both strategic and creative aspects of the museum’s operations. Perry Davis’s new responsibilities include the collections and exhibitions department and the human resources, information technology, facilities, and security...
On View: 'To Be Determined' at Dallas Museum of Art in Texas

On View: ‘To Be Determined’ at Dallas Museum of Art in Texas

“Untitled (America)” (2018) by Glenn Ligon   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE STATE OF THE NATION is influx. The pandemic. Isolation. Police killings. Racial justice protests. Election 2020. “To Be Determined” is a response to the moment. The collection exhibition draws on the expansive holdings of the Dallas Museum of Art,...
Lines: Shantell Martin's First Monograph Documents Her Prolific Drawing Practice

Lines: Shantell Martin’s First Monograph Documents Her Prolific Drawing Practice

  ARMED WITH A BLACK PEN and a penchant for line drawing and storytelling, Shantell Martin has carved out a significant artistic space for herself. Her visual musings are driven by her personal language of key words and faces, intuitive energy, and a sense of true freedom and joy gleaned from sharing her ideas. “Who...
Trenton Doyle Hancock: What If Torpedo Boy, My Black Superhero, Met Up With Philip Guston's Klan Character?

Trenton Doyle Hancock: What If Torpedo Boy, My Black Superhero, Met Up With Philip Guston’s Klan Character?

  Installation view of “Trenton Doyle Hancock: Something American” at James Cohan Gallery   NEW PAINTINGS by Trenton Doyle Hancock collapse two worlds, bringing together Torpedo Boy, the artist’s Black superhero character and alter ego, and one of the cartoonish, hooded Klansmen figures from the work of Philip Guston (1913-1980). The images reflect the personal...
Curatorial Vision of Black Women is Shaping Frieze and 1-54 African Contemporary Art Fairs in London This Week

Curatorial Vision of Black Women is Shaping Frieze and 1-54 African Contemporary Art Fairs in London This Week

Eva Langret, Artistic Director of Frieze London   IN LONDON THIS WEEK, the vision of Black women is shaping the 1-54 London and Frieze London art fairs. Both are underway with hybrid online and in-person formats this season. Eva Langret is the new artistic director of Frieze London. She tapped Zoé Whitley to curate a...
Longtime Spelman Curator Andrea Barnwell Brownlee Named Director and CEO of Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville, Fla.

Longtime Spelman Curator Andrea Barnwell Brownlee Named Director and CEO of Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville, Fla.

THE CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS announced the appointment of a new leader yesterday. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee is joining the Jacksonville, Fla., museum as George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and CEO. For two decades, Brownlee has been serving as director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta. She officially...