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This Fall, Multiple Exhibitions Dedicated to 'Soul of a Nation' Artists are on View Throughout New York City

This Fall, Multiple Exhibitions Dedicated to ‘Soul of a Nation’ Artists are on View Throughout New York City

Installation view of “Frank Bowling: Make It New” at Alexander Gray Associates   TEN DAYS AGO, “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” opened at the Brooklyn Museum. The groundbreaking traveling show “shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983,...
Two Decades After Anita Hill Testified Before the Senate Judiciary Committee, She Started a Conversation with Mark Bradford About His Art and Practice

Two Decades After Anita Hill Testified Before the Senate Judiciary Committee, She Started a Conversation with Mark Bradford About His Art and Practice

Professor Anita Hill and artist Mark Bradford (2014)   GLUED TO THEIR TELEVISIONS, most Americans ‘met’ Anita F. Hill on Oct. 11, 1991. That’s how Mark Bradford was introduced to her, too. In Los Angeles, in the neighborhood of Leimert Park, the TV in the beauty salon owned by his...
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Hundreds of African American Artifacts Hit the Auction Block at Guernsey's: Rosa Parks House Went Unsold, Unpublished Malcolm X Material Landed at Schomburg

Hundreds of African American Artifacts Hit the Auction Block at Guernsey’s: Rosa Parks House Went Unsold, Unpublished Malcolm X Material Landed at Schomburg

  SPANNING CIVIL RIGHTS, SLAVERY, MUSIC AND FILM, historic treasures and one-of-a-kind documents related to key figures of African American history and culture were auctioned at Guernsey’s in New York on July 25 and 26. The headliner was a true rarity—the family home of Rosa Parks, which once stood in Detroit, where it had been...
Loaded with Symbolism, a Fountain Sculpture by Pope.L is Among New Acquisitions at Carnegie Museum of Art

Loaded with Symbolism, a Fountain Sculpture by Pope.L is Among New Acquisitions at Carnegie Museum of Art

“Fountain (reparations version)” (2016-17) by Pope.L   EARLIER THIS MONTH, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh announced several new acquisitions, including “Fountain (reparations version)” (2016-17) by Chicago-based Pope.L. The sculpture is on view in the modern and contemporary galleries which have been re-hung to reflect the “depth, diversity, and eccentricities” of the Carnegie Museum’s...
Latest News in African American Art: Juergen Teller Appropriated the Work of Mickalene Thomas, VMFA Elected New Board President, Alma Thomas Papers Digitized

Latest News in African American Art: Juergen Teller Appropriated the Work of Mickalene Thomas, VMFA Elected New Board President, Alma Thomas Papers Digitized

This December/January 2018 cover of Paris Vogue conjures the style of Mickalene Thomas, but the image was created by Juergen Teller.   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   NEWS The benefactor behind Anonymous Was a Woman, which...
PAFA Acquires Landscape Painting by May Howard Jackson, First African American Woman to Attend the Philadelphia Art School

PAFA Acquires Landscape Painting by May Howard Jackson, First African American Woman to Attend the Philadelphia Art School

  THE PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY of the Fine Arts (PAFA) recently acquired a particularly meaningful painting. “Morris Heights, N.Y. City” (1912) is an Impressionist landscape made by May Howard Jackson (1877-1931) more than a century ago. Jackson is a PAFA alum. She earned a scholarship in 1895 and became the first African American woman to attend...
Mitchell-Innes & Nash Announces Its Representation of Conceptual Artist Jacolby Satterwhite

Mitchell-Innes & Nash Announces Its Representation of Conceptual Artist Jacolby Satterwhite

Jacolby Satterwhite performing at SFMOMA in 2016.   CONCEPTUAL ARTIST Jacolby Satterwhite has joined Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Satterwhite works in 3-D animation and performance. Trained as a painter, he has mastered new technology and the use of his body as a vessel for expression. He innovative practice harnesses these seemingly disparate assets to address key...
For Faith Ringgold, the American Flag Has Always Been a Potent and Powerful Symbol

For Faith Ringgold, the American Flag Has Always Been a Potent and Powerful Symbol

“Flag Story Quilt” (1985) by Faith Ringgold is currently on view at the Spencer Museum of Art.   THE AMERICAN FLAG, its design and all that it symbolizes, is the basis for some of the most politically potent and astute work Faith Ringgold has made over past half century. In 1970, she helped organize the...
Artist Tony Lewis is Now Represented by Blum & Poe Gallery

Artist Tony Lewis is Now Represented by Blum & Poe Gallery

  CHICAGO-BASED ARTIST Tony Lewis has joined Blum & Poe. The gallery announced its representation of the Lewis one year after hosting its first show with the artist. “Tony Lewis: Jot” (April 28-June 17, 2017) presented new colored pencil and graphite drawings and was also the artist’s first exhibition in Los Angeles. Lewis’s expansive engagement...
Latest News in African American Art: New-York Historical Society Exploring Race in America, Frieze London Spotlighting Women Artists

Latest News in African American Art: New-York Historical Society Exploring Race in America, Frieze London Spotlighting Women Artists

Front row, from left, Melanie Keen, Amira Gad, and Zoe Whitley (second from right), are among the UK curators selecting women artists for a special section at Frieze London. | Photo by Tom Jamieson, Frieze London   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African...
Trevor Schoonmaker Elevated to Deputy Director at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art

Trevor Schoonmaker Elevated to Deputy Director at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art

  TREVOR SCHOONMAKER took on a new role at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University this week. He was appointed Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art. Schoonmaker, 47, has been with the museum virtually from its beginning. The Nasher Museum opened in 2005...
Baltimore Museum of Art Swaps Works by Warhol, Kline, Noland, and Rauschenberg for Acquisitions by Whitten, Sherald, Mutu, and Yiadom-Boakye

Baltimore Museum of Art Swaps Works by Warhol, Kline, Noland, and Rauschenberg for Acquisitions by Whitten, Sherald, Mutu, and Yiadom-Boakye

“9.11.01”by Jack Whitten is one of seven acquisitions made with proceeds from the deaccessioned works.   COMMITTED TO DIVERSIFYING its holdings, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced major acquisitions by prominent artists of African descent, including the first works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Isaac Julien, Amy Sherald, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye to enter the museum’s...
Commencement 2018: Glenn Ligon, Dawoud Bey, Carrie Mae Weems, and Joyce J. Scott Are Among the Artists Imparting Wisdom and Expectations on New Graduates

Commencement 2018: Glenn Ligon, Dawoud Bey, Carrie Mae Weems, and Joyce J. Scott Are Among the Artists Imparting Wisdom and Expectations on New Graduates

Glenn Ligon spoke at The New School’s 2018 commencement on May 18.   A NUMBER OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS were declared doctors over the past month. Invited to participate in commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and MFA students at institutions around the country, prominent artists, critics, and curators were bestowed honorary doctorate degrees. Addressing 2018 graduates,...
Latest News in African American Art: Nina Simone Home Declared National Treasure, Exhibition Labels Note Ties to Slavery, Sondra Perry Wins Toby Prize & More

Latest News in African American Art: Nina Simone Home Declared National Treasure, Exhibition Labels Note Ties to Slavery, Sondra Perry Wins Toby Prize & More

When Nina Simone’s childhood home was in danger of demolition, four prominent artists bought it for $95,000.   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   NEWS Artists Adam Pendleton, Ellen Gallagher, Rashid Johnson, and Julie Mehretu came together...
Following a Series of Feminist Art Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum Announces 96 Acquisitions, Including works by Betye Saar, Beverly Buchanan, and Emma Amos

Following a Series of Feminist Art Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum Announces 96 Acquisitions, Including works by Betye Saar, Beverly Buchanan, and Emma Amos

The acquisitions included “Untitled (Frustula Series),” a circa 1978 cast concrete sculpture by Beverly Buchanan.   THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM recently organized more than a year of exhibitions and programming dedicated to feminist art. “A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum” marked the 10th anniversary of the museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for...
Cleveland Museum of Art Has Acquired a Significant Painting by Emma Amos

Cleveland Museum of Art Has Acquired a Significant Painting by Emma Amos

  TWO EARLY PAINTINGS by Emma Amos are featured in “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85” (April 21–Sept. 17, 2017), the groundbreaking group exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum. “Sandy and Her Husband” and “Flower Sniffer,” a 1966 self-portrait by Amos, are displayed side-by-side in the show. After the Brooklyn Museum recently announced...