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Latest News in Black Art: Innovative Painter Sam Gilliam Has Died, Artist Vaughn Spann in Architectural Digest, Columbus, Ga. Celebrates Artist Alma Thomas & More

Latest News in Black Art: Innovative Painter Sam Gilliam Has Died, Artist Vaughn Spann in Architectural Digest, Columbus, Ga. Celebrates Artist Alma Thomas & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Portrait of Sam Gilliam (1933-2022). | Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, and Pace Gallery. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen Studio   Lives The innovative abstract artist Sam Gilliam (1933-2022)...
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Latest News in Black Art: Laurie Cumbo Appointed NYC Culture Czar, Civil Rights Photographer Doris Derby Died, Guggenheim Fellows, Derrick Adams, Derek Fordjour, Theaster Gates & More

Latest News in Black Art: Laurie Cumbo Appointed NYC Culture Czar, Civil Rights Photographer Doris Derby Died, Guggenheim Fellows, Derrick Adams, Derek Fordjour, Theaster Gates & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Civil Rights Photographer Doris Derby. | Photo courtesy Doris Derby via University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign   Lives Bronx, N.Y.-born civil rights photographer Doris Derby died in Newnan, Ga., outside Atlanta on March 28. She was...
Confirmed: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Headed to U.S. Supreme Court, Black Woman Photographer Captured History Maker's First Official Portrait

Confirmed: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Headed to U.S. Supreme Court, Black Woman Photographer Captured History Maker’s First Official Portrait

  IN A FORMAL, TRADITIONAL, and somber-toned room, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson stood for her first official portrait. Wearing all black, she posed before a black backdrop and studio lighting, the trappings of contemporary photography temporarily inserted into the White House complex space, literally disrupting history. The Senate confirmed Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court...
Camille Ann Brewer Appointed Director of San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles: 'I’m Thrilled to be Part of an Institution That Celebrates California’s Legacy and History in Textile Arts'

Camille Ann Brewer Appointed Director of San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles: ‘I’m Thrilled to be Part of an Institution That Celebrates California’s Legacy and History in Textile Arts’

THE SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUILTS AND TEXTILES (SJMQT) announced its new director will be Camille Ann Brewer. A Detroit, Mich.-based curator, handweaver, and archivist, Brewer will shape the museum’s vision and strategy, leading operations, exhibitions and programming, the collection, community engagement, and donor relations. Brewer brings a spectrum of experience to SJMQT, more than...
Latest News in Black Art: Veteran Studio Museum Board Member Nancy Lane Has Died, Amanda Hunt Joins Walker Art Center, Gladys Kalichini Wins Henrike Grohs Art Award, Plus Tate, SFMOMA, RISD & More

Latest News in Black Art: Veteran Studio Museum Board Member Nancy Lane Has Died, Amanda Hunt Joins Walker Art Center, Gladys Kalichini Wins Henrike Grohs Art Award, Plus Tate, SFMOMA, RISD & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Nancy Lane at Studio Museum in Harlem 2015 gala. | Photo by Julie Skarratt, Courtesy The Studio Museum in Harlem   Lives New York art collector and philanthropist Nancy Lee Lane (1933-2022) died March 28....
On View: See Images From 'Hew Locke: The Procession,' New Tate Britain Commission in London is Parade Through Time, Geography, and Cultures

On View: See Images From ‘Hew Locke: The Procession,’ New Tate Britain Commission in London is Parade Through Time, Geography, and Cultures

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A NEW LARGE-SCALE INSTALLATION by Hew Locke, “The Procession” features nearly 150 life-sized figures outfitted in hand-made garments and masks. The latest Tate Britain Commission is a sculptural gumbo evoking celebration, sorrow, and world events across time—from slavery to climate change, the Black Lives Matter Movement,...
Ernestine White-Mifetu Appointed Curator of African Art at Brooklyn Museum

Ernestine White-Mifetu Appointed Curator of African Art at Brooklyn Museum

THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM recently welcomed Ernestine White-Mifetu as Sills Foundation Curator of African Art. White-Mifetu was working as an independent artist and curator when she joined the Brooklyn Museum. She brings two decades of experience to the role. Previously, she served as director and chief curator of the William Humphreys Art Gallery in Northern Cape,...
Amoako Boafo's Top-Selling Paintings at Auction are Dominated by the Color Yellow

Amoako Boafo’s Top-Selling Paintings at Auction are Dominated by the Color Yellow

Christie’s Hong Kong, Dec. 1, 2021   A STRIKING PORTRAIT by Amoako Boafo, “Hands Up” (2018) features a stylish young woman wearing yellow sunglasses against a yellow background. The painting sold for more than $3 million, nearly 10 times the estimate and an astounding new record at auction for the fast-rising artist. The record-setting result...
On View: See Images From 'David Driskell: Mystery of the Masks,' Exhibition Explores Recurring Symbol in Artist's Practice at DC Moore Gallery in New York

On View: See Images From ‘David Driskell: Mystery of the Masks,’ Exhibition Explores Recurring Symbol in Artist’s Practice at DC Moore Gallery in New York

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A RENOWNED SCHOLAR of African American art, David Driskell (1931-2020) had a deep interest in African Art, which he was introduced to when he was a student at Howard University. More than a dozen years later, in 1969-70 and 1972, when he was a professor of...
On View: See Images From 'Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities' Exhibition at Harvard Art Museums

On View: See Images From ‘Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities’ Exhibition at Harvard Art Museums

Installation view of “Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities” at Harvard Art Museums   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THROUGH COLLABORATION AND EXPERIMENTATION, master printers and a diverse slate of artists have been producing new works at Brandywine Workshop and Archives for half a century. The Philadelphia organization was...
New Yorker Collaborates with Faith Ringgold, Artist's Jazz-Inspired Story Quilt Covers New Style & Design Issue

New Yorker Collaborates with Faith Ringgold, Artist’s Jazz-Inspired Story Quilt Covers New Style & Design Issue

  CELEBRATIONS OF ONE OF AMERICA’s most insightful artists are finally arriving at a pace that measures up to the significance and longevity of her practice. Harlem-born Faith Ringgold, 91, is being recognized all over her hometown. Currently on view at the New Museum, “Faith Ringgold: American People” is her first full-scale retrospective in New...
New York Street Photographer Jamel Shabazz Named 2022 Recipient of Gordon Parks Foundation/Steidl Book Prize

New York Street Photographer Jamel Shabazz Named 2022 Recipient of Gordon Parks Foundation/Steidl Book Prize

SINCE THE LATE 1970S, New York photographer Jamel Shabazz has been cataloging his iconic street portraits in thematic albums. Housing small prints, numerous albums form a visual archive across nearly half a century documenting the city’s cultural shifts, sociopolitical landscape, and evolving style. The treasure trove will soon be published in book form. Shabazz is...
Latest News in Black Art: Lauren Halsey Takes on Met Museum Rooftop Commission, Michael Armitage Joins David Zwirner, New Lorna Simpson Book & More

Latest News in Black Art: Lauren Halsey Takes on Met Museum Rooftop Commission, Michael Armitage Joins David Zwirner, New Lorna Simpson Book & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Artist Lauren Halsey. | Photo by Russell Hamilton, Courtesy David Kordansky Gallery   Commissions Lauren Halsey is the latest artist commissioned to create a site-specific installation for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s rooftop garden. Titled...
Phillips Collection Hires Chief Diversity Officer, Highlighting His Background in Psychology as 'New Lens' for Museum's Equity and Inclusion Work

Phillips Collection Hires Chief Diversity Officer, Highlighting His Background in Psychology as ‘New Lens’ for Museum’s Equity and Inclusion Work

THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION in Washington, D.C., named a new chief diversity officer. Yuma Tomes, a psychologist whose experience includes teaching, research, and academic administration, was appointed Horning Chair for Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion. Tomes joined The Phillips Collection in February from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he had been serving as...
On View: See Images From 'A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking,' Group Exhibition of Women Artists at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York

On View: See Images From ‘A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking,’ Group Exhibition of Women Artists at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York

“Octoroon (Constance)” (2021) by Ann Johnson   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A SPECTRUM OF METHODS, techniques, and narratives employed and explored by Black women printmakers is on view at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York. “A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking” showcases 21 works by nine contemporary printmakers: Tanekeya Word,...
Underground Museum in Los Angeles Announces Departure of Co-Directors and Closure 'Until Further Notice'

Underground Museum in Los Angeles Announces Departure of Co-Directors and Closure ‘Until Further Notice’

  THE UNDERGROUND MUSEUM (UM) in Los Angeles announced “with deep sadness” that it is closing “until further notice” and the tenure of co-directors Meg Onli and Cristina Pacheco has ended. The action also cuts short a long-awaited exhibition of paintings by the museum’s visionary co-founder Noah Davis (1983-2015). The survey opened six weeks ago...
Latest News in Black Art: Obama Presidential Center and Art Institute of Chicago Recognize Sculptor Richard Hunt, Arvie Smith Now Repped by Monique Meloche Gallery & More

Latest News in Black Art: Obama Presidential Center and Art Institute of Chicago Recognize Sculptor Richard Hunt, Arvie Smith Now Repped by Monique Meloche Gallery & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   President Barack Obama and Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt discuss the artist’s practice and “Book Bird,” the commissioned work by Hunt that will be on view in the Library Reading Garden outside the new Chicago Public...
On View: See Images From 'Black Dolls,' Exhibition at New-York Historical Society Presents Unique View of Race, Representation, and Play

On View: See Images From ‘Black Dolls,’ Exhibition at New-York Historical Society Presents Unique View of Race, Representation, and Play

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   AFTER HER BRAVE AND HARROWING ESCAPE from enslavement, Harriet Jacobs was employed in New York by Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867), a white, well-paid writer and magazine editor who worked with Edgar Allan Poe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Jacobs, who titled her 1861 autobiography “Incidents in the...
Allan Rohan Crite Produced a Vast Body of Religious-Themed Works, a New Exhibition Connects His Artistic Expression to His Faith

Allan Rohan Crite Produced a Vast Body of Religious-Themed Works, a New Exhibition Connects His Artistic Expression to His Faith

  A PROLIFIC AND BELOVED BOSTON ARTIST, Allan Rohan Crite (1910-2007) was a life-long Episcopalian who described himself as a storyteller. He made paintings about African American life in Roxbury and Boston’s South End before dedicating himself primarily to works with religious themes. Crite illustrated hymns, Bible stories, and liturgical scenes, populating his narratives with...
Shirley Woodson, Legend in Detroit Arts Community, is Presenting Her First Solo Exhibition at Detroit Institute of Arts

Shirley Woodson, Legend in Detroit Arts Community, is Presenting Her First Solo Exhibition at Detroit Institute of Arts

“I’ll Be Watching You No. 1” (1987) by Shirley Woodson   THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS (DIA) is showcasing large, vibrant paintings by Shirley Woodson featuring Black figures immersed in the Nile River. The images reference the mythical qualities of the storied African river and notions that its water provides bathers with nurturing and restorative...
Adrienne L. Childs Will Receive 2022 David C. Driskell Prize, Curator Calls Award 'Unexpected and Extraordinary Honor'

Adrienne L. Childs Will Receive 2022 David C. Driskell Prize, Curator Calls Award ‘Unexpected and Extraordinary Honor’

  FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES, the David C. Driskell Prize has recognized acclaimed artists and scholars for their contributions to the field of African American art. Recipients have included Kellie Jones, Franklin Sirmans, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Rashid Johnson, Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Lyle Ashton Harris, Mark Bradford, Naima J. Keith, Amy Sherald, and Huey Copeland. Now...