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On Occasion of New Exhibition 'Alma Thomas: Everything is Beautiful,' Curators and Scholars Reflect on Lesser-Known Aspects of Artist's Life and Work

On Occasion of New Exhibition ‘Alma Thomas: Everything is Beautiful,’ Curators and Scholars Reflect on Lesser-Known Aspects of Artist’s Life and Work

“Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful,” Chrysler Museum of Art   A NEW FOUR-CITY traveling exhibition offers an expansive look at the life and work of Alma Thomas (1891-1978). A pioneer in post-World War II abstraction, Thomas is arguably the earliest example of a highly regarded African American female artist...
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Visions of Equity: Jordan Casteel's Mother and Child Portrait Covers Special Issue of Time Magazine

Visions of Equity: Jordan Casteel’s Mother and Child Portrait Covers Special Issue of Time Magazine

  TO ILLUSTRATE THE COVER of its special issue titled Visions of Equity, Time magazine chose a painting by Jordan Casteel. “God Bless the Child” (2019), captures a tender moment, a young mother cradling the head of her child, presumably a little girl. Both of their faces are obscured. Nonetheless, Casteel takes great care in...
Kymberly Pinder Appointed Dean of the Yale School of Art, First Black Person to Lead School in 150-Year History

Kymberly Pinder Appointed Dean of the Yale School of Art, First Black Person to Lead School in 150-Year History

  ONE OF THE NATION’S most prestigious art schools will be led by Kymberly Pinder. Yale University President Peter Salovey announced Pinder as the next Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean of the Yale School of Art. An alum of Yale, where she earned her Ph.D., Pinder is the first Black person appointed dean since the school...
Auction Record: Gospel and R&B Icon Mavis Staples Sold Ernie Barnes Painting for $75K at Hindman in Chicago

Auction Record: Gospel and R&B Icon Mavis Staples Sold Ernie Barnes Painting for $75K at Hindman in Chicago

  A FIGURATIVE PAINTER with a singular style, Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) had a reverence for Black women. They were a popular subject for the artist who depicted them possessed with dignity, passion, and joy. Barnes made paintings of Black women playing sports, DJing, dancing, attending church, showing strength in the face of adversity, and socializing...
Forthcoming in October, Ebony L. Haynes Will Open David Zwirner Space in Tribeca With Inaugural Exhibition Program Focused Exclusively on Women Artists

Forthcoming in October, Ebony L. Haynes Will Open David Zwirner Space in Tribeca With Inaugural Exhibition Program Focused Exclusively on Women Artists

DAVID ZWIRNER DIRECTOR Ebony L. Haynes is opening a new space in Tribeca at 52 Walker Street. Nine months ago, Haynes joined the gallery with a unique arrangement providing her the latitude to run her own David Zwirner location in New York. Haynes announced more details today about the stand alone space and the exhibition...
Latest News in Black Art: Zimbabwean Artist Portia Zvavahera Joins David Zwirner, Preston Pavlis Now Repped by Bradley Ertaskiran, Stained Glass Museum Acquires Kehinde Wiley Work & More

Latest News in Black Art: Zimbabwean Artist Portia Zvavahera Joins David Zwirner, Preston Pavlis Now Repped by Bradley Ertaskiran, Stained Glass Museum Acquires Kehinde Wiley Work & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Artist Portia Zvavahera. | Photo by Mario Todeschini. © Portia Zvavahera. Courtesy David Zwirner and Stevenson   Representation Zimbabwean artist Portia Zvavahera (above) is now represented by David Zwirner in collaboration with Stevenson Gallery of...
Curator Joy Bivins Named Director of Schomburg Center in Harlem: 'In My Career, I Have Worked to Help Others Make Sense of History'

Curator Joy Bivins Named Director of Schomburg Center in Harlem: ‘In My Career, I Have Worked to Help Others Make Sense of History’

  THE SCHOMBURG CENTER for Research in Black Culture in Harlem has a new leader. The New York Public Library announced Joy Bivins will serve as the next director of the renowned cultural institution, a library and research center where the papers of James Baldwin, Malcolm X, and Maya Angelou are housed. Bivins is being...
Mickalene Thomas, Whose Powerful Paintings Celebrate Black Women, is Staging Exhibitions with Lévy Gorvy Gallery in Four World Capitals This Fall

Mickalene Thomas, Whose Powerful Paintings Celebrate Black Women, is Staging Exhibitions with Lévy Gorvy Gallery in Four World Capitals This Fall

  THIS FALL, Mickalene Thomas will make a grand statement, presenting all new work in a series of exhibitions in four world capitals, in partnership with Lévy Gorvy. The gallery is hosting the shows at its locations in New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong. Over the past two decades, Thomas has built a singular...
Danielle McKinney's Portraits are Self-Reflective: 'Sometimes They’re Me. Sometimes They’re an Emotion I’m Feeling'

Danielle McKinney’s Portraits are Self-Reflective: ‘Sometimes They’re Me. Sometimes They’re an Emotion I’m Feeling’

  INTIMATELY SCALED PORTRAITS by Danielle McKinney are on view in “Smoke and Mirrors,” her first solo show at Night Gallery in Los Angeles. The artist serves as her own muse, inspiring a series of tightly cropped scenes, solo portraits of female protagonists captured during moments of introspection. Her subjects are self reflective and represent...
On View: Tern Gallery of Nassau, Bahamas, Presenting Slate of Caribbean Artists at Online Atlantic World Art Fair

On View: Tern Gallery of Nassau, Bahamas, Presenting Slate of Caribbean Artists at Online Atlantic World Art Fair

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A NEW ART FAIR showcasing artists from the Caribbean and Atlantic Islands debuted on Artsy May 31. Presented online, the Atlantic World Art Fair features nine galleries offering works by contemporary artists from the Caribbean, the Atlantic Islands, and the wider diaspora in the region. Among...
Culture Talk: Lisa Howie on Organizing Inaugural Atlantic World Art Fair, Online Event Features Works by Artists From Caribbean and Atlantic Islands

Culture Talk: Lisa Howie on Organizing Inaugural Atlantic World Art Fair, Online Event Features Works by Artists From Caribbean and Atlantic Islands

  AS THE GLOBAL ART MARKET, historically centered around Europe and North America, increasingly recognizes the contributions of artists in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, a new art fair is showcasing a region that remains woefully under-appreciated—the Caribbean and Atlantic Islands. The Atlantic World Art Fair debuted online May 31 and is...
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Appoints Allison Glenn Senior Curator and Director of Public Art

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Appoints Allison Glenn Senior Curator and Director of Public Art

THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON (CAMH) announced a major appointment a few days ago. Allison Glenn is joining the museum as senior curator and director of public art. Glenn will lead the non-collecting museum’s exhibition programming, public art projects, and artist’s initiatives, and provide senior leadership for the curatorial team. She comes to the Contemporary...
Latest News in Black Art: 5 Percent of Los Angeles Museum Board Members are Black; Sonia Boyce, Christina Quarles, and Cigna Samson Join New Galleries

Latest News in Black Art: 5 Percent of Los Angeles Museum Board Members are Black; Sonia Boyce, Christina Quarles, and Cigna Samson Join New Galleries

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Artist Christina Quarles is now represented by Hauser & Wirth. Shown in her Los Angeles studio, 2021. | Courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias, London. Photo by Ilona Szwarc   News The Los Angeles Times...
Nina Chanel Abney's First New Yorker Cover Raises a Glass to Post-Covid Return of New York Social Culture

Nina Chanel Abney’s First New Yorker Cover Raises a Glass to Post-Covid Return of New York Social Culture

  FOR HER FIRST COVER of The New Yorker, Nina Chanel Abney made an image that celebrates a return to socializing. The portrait references Eustace Tilley, the magazine’s famous dandy mascot. Abney’s version is a Black female dandy who appears on the May 31 issue of the magazine. Enjoying a cocktail outdoors among a few...
On View: 'Maren Hassinger: We Are All Vessels' at Susan Inglett Gallery in New York

On View: ‘Maren Hassinger: We Are All Vessels’ at Susan Inglett Gallery in New York

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE EXPANSIVE PRACTICE of Maren Hassinger “connects humanity to nature through a range of media.” She transforms common materials, imbuing them with meaning and beauty. Choreographic rhythm is inherent in her presentations and is particularly forward in her latest. New York-based Hassinger has created a collection...
Latest News in Black Art: Howard Fine Arts College Named for Chadwick Boseman, Cranbrook Honors Artis Lane, New Reps for Camille Billops and Winfred Rembert & More

Latest News in Black Art: Howard Fine Arts College Named for Chadwick Boseman, Cranbrook Honors Artis Lane, New Reps for Camille Billops and Winfred Rembert & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Dating back two decades to when he was a student at Howard University, Chadwick Boseman had advocated for maintaining the College of Fine Arts. | Courtesy Howard University   Academia Howard University named its College...
Reflecting on George Floyd with Words, Artistic Expression, and Durable Change Through Policy Reform

Reflecting on George Floyd with Words, Artistic Expression, and Durable Change Through Policy Reform

Photo: Shutterstock   ONE YEAR AFTER the murder of George Floyd, worldwide tributes and remembrances poured forth on May 25. Culture leaders, artists, and journalists weighed in on the state of the national landscape and Floyd’s legacy as police killings persist and Black Lives Matter protests and calls for justice continue in response. Floyd’s family...