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The New Yorker: Cover by Kadir Nelson Celebrates Schomburg Center in Harlem

The New Yorker: Cover by Kadir Nelson Celebrates Schomburg Center in Harlem

  RECREATING SIGNATURE IMAGES from African American artists Aaron Douglas and William H. Johnson, the latest edition of The New Yorker pays tribute to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Feb. 22 cover by Los Angeles-based illustrator Kadir Nelson is an ensemble image featuring Harlem’s towering figures of the arts and letters,...
The Year in Black Art: May 2015

The Year in Black Art: May 2015

CULTURE TYPE IS REVIEWING The Year in Black Art 2015 in monthly installments over the coming weeks. The report began with a look at The Newsmakers, seven artists and curators who continue to advance their practices and their projects with fresh approaches and new ideas—efforts that are recognized and often garner significant news coverage. The...
David Driskell Discusses Major Aaron Douglas Painting Acquired by The Met

David Driskell Discusses Major Aaron Douglas Painting Acquired by The Met

  HIGHLY REGARDED FOR HIS GRAND MURALS and monumental canvases, artist Aaron Douglas‘s work straddled the visual and literary arts during the Harlem Renaissance. While his depictions of African American history and culture referenced ancient Egyptian motifs and traditional African forms, his graphic style was decidedly modern. Recognized for his silhouetted figures, Douglas’s work was...
National Gallery Curators Explain How Corcoran Works Will Enhance Collection

National Gallery Curators Explain How Corcoran Works Will Enhance Collection

  THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART (NGA) recently expanded its holdings of African American art by 40 percent through acquisitions from the Corcoran Gallery of Art. For the first time, NGA owns works by Aaron Douglas, William Edmondson, Gordon Parks, Noah Purifoy and Betye Saar, among others. The historic announcement came last month when NGA...
National Gallery of Art Acquires 190+ Works by African American Artists From Corcoran

National Gallery of Art Acquires 190+ Works by African American Artists From Corcoran

  CURRENTLY ON VIEW at the National Gallery of Art (NGA), “Into Bondage” by Aaron Douglas hangs in the rear of a three-room gallery dedicated to “masterworks” acquired from the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Depicting a procession of Africans chained and walking toward a pair of distant slave ships, the painting is a landmark acquisition...
Ebay Live Auctions Debut with Swann African American Art

Ebay Live Auctions Debut with Swann African American Art

  BROWSING EBAY, LOTS FEATURING Hale Woodruff, Alma Thomas, Jacob Lawrence and Kara Walker appear. Better known for selling collectibles, resale designer clothing and used books and magazines, eBay is launching a live bidding product with several New York auction galleries today. An offering of African American Fine Art at Swann Galleries is the debut...
Culture Talk: Swann's Nigel Freeman on Early African American Art

Culture Talk: Swann’s Nigel Freeman on Early African American Art

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ART MARKET experienced a sea change seven years ago when Swann Auction Galleries began dedicating sales to African American fine art. Few auction records existed for African American artists at the time. Most sales were handled privately by galleries and dealers, making values hard to discern because prices were not disclosed to...
Kara Walker: Potential Book Covers for Missing Narratives

Kara Walker: Potential Book Covers for Missing Narratives

AN ARTIST WHOSE WORK garners as much praise for its visual dexterity as it does intellectual debate for its historic and cultural provocation, Kara Walker has moved on from images of slavery and the antebellum South to explore symbols of the New Negro era. The newly published “Kara Walker: Dust Jackets for the Niggerati” complements...