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Culture Talk: Curator Jonathan Walz on the Rich History Found in the Archives and Collections Dedicated to Artist Alma Thomas

Culture Talk: Curator Jonathan Walz on the Rich History Found in the Archives and Collections Dedicated to Artist Alma Thomas

Portrait of Alma Thomas painted by Laura Wheeler Waring (1947). | Smithsonian American Art Museum   RESEARCH IS ONGOING for a forthcoming exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Alma Thomas (1891-1978), the accomplished and technically rigorous abstract painter who was the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney...
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...
Charles White's 'Love Letter' for Angela Davis Featured on Forthcoming 2019 African American Art Calendar

Charles White’s ‘Love Letter’ for Angela Davis Featured on Forthcoming 2019 African American Art Calendar

  CHARLES WHITE, “Love Letter,” 1971   SHORTLY AFTER ‘CHARLES WHITE: A RETROSPECTIVE’ opens at the Art Institute of Chicago, a 2019 wall calendar will be released featuring his work. Published by Pomegranate in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), the African American art calendar features Charles White‘s “Love Letter” (1971) on the...
Locating Alma Thomas: Forthcoming Retrospective Will Explore Artist's Creative Life and Hometown Connections

Locating Alma Thomas: Forthcoming Retrospective Will Explore Artist’s Creative Life and Hometown Connections

  MAJOR EXHIBITIONS OF WORKS by Alma Thomas (1891-1978) have concentrated on her paintings, masterful abstract works that are defined by her attention to rhythm, pattern, and color. The Columbus Museum in Columbus, Ga., and the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va., have announced a forthcoming retrospective that will broadly explore her creative life—her...
Alma Thomas's Hometown Museum in Columbus, Ga., Plans a Major Retrospective

Alma Thomas’s Hometown Museum in Columbus, Ga., Plans a Major Retrospective

Alma Thomas with her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art. | Courtesy Archives of American Art   LARGELY KNOWN AS A WASHINGTON, D.C,-BASED ARTIST who dedicated herself to her practice full-time late in life, Alma Thomas (1891-1978) is recognized for her abstract compositions, exuberant works defined by rhythmic pattern and vibrant color. The...
Auction Results: A Review of African American Art Featured in Sotheby's Fall 2017 Contemporary Auctions—Several Never Exhibited, Unseen For Decades

Auction Results: A Review of African American Art Featured in Sotheby’s Fall 2017 Contemporary Auctions—Several Never Exhibited, Unseen For Decades

  IN ANTICIPATION OF THE SPRING 2018 SALES at major auction houses in London this month, Culture Type is taking a look back at recent results at Sotheby’s. One of the benefits of observing auctions is the opportunity see works long held in private hands away from public view. The November 2017 Contemporary Day and...
New Banners at Smithsonian American Art Museum Feature Paintings by Alma Thomas and William H. Johnson

New Banners at Smithsonian American Art Museum Feature Paintings by Alma Thomas and William H. Johnson

  TREASURED WORKS BY African American artists Alma Thomas and William H. Johnson are on view outside the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum (SAAM). With the help of the public, the works were selected to grace the new banners hanging at the museum’s entrances. “The Eclipse” (1970) by Thomas and “Flowers” (1939-40) by Johnson greet visitors...
Celebrating Earth Day with Alma Thomas's Nature-Inspired 'Earth' Paintings

Celebrating Earth Day with Alma Thomas’s Nature-Inspired ‘Earth’ Paintings

Alma Thomas, “Untitled,” circa 1968. | MoMA   A NEW EXHIBITION at the Museum of Modern Art in New York is dedicated to works by women artists created between the end of World War II in 1945 and the onset of the Feminist Movement in the late 1960s. “Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction”...
Art Capital: Nearly 500 Gather at National Gallery of Art to Discuss African American Art in 20th Century Washington

Art Capital: Nearly 500 Gather at National Gallery of Art to Discuss African American Art in 20th Century Washington

Detail of ALMA THOMAS, “Red Rose Cantata” 1973 (acrylic on canvas). | Courtesy National Gallery of Art   Symposium Gives a Nod to Howard University and Local Artists, Scholars and Curators Who Shaped the Field WASHINGTON, D.C. — For decades, Howard University in Washington, D.C., was at the center of the African American art world....
Auction Results: New Records Set for Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Henry Taylor, and Alma Thomas, Compelling Works by El Anatsui Among Many Others by Black Artists Sold Too

Auction Results: New Records Set for Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Henry Taylor, and Alma Thomas, Compelling Works by El Anatsui Among Many Others by Black Artists Sold Too

ACROSS THE UNITED STATES and in London, auctions of post-war, modern and contemporary art were held at the end of February and early March. Records were set in Los Angeles, where an Alma Thomas painting was offered, and London where Henry Taylor and Njideka Akunyili Crosby achieved new benchmarks. Auction values for Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based...
Auction Record: Alma Thomas's 1969 Vision of 'Spring Flowers' Yields More Than $300K

Auction Record: Alma Thomas’s 1969 Vision of ‘Spring Flowers’ Yields More Than $300K

  PAINTED NEARLY 50 YEARS AGO, Alma Thomas‘s ode to “Spring Flowers in Washington D.C.” set an artist record yesterday, topping more than $300,000 at Los Angeles Modern Auctions. Grounded in pink, the mesmerizing square canvas is a rhythmic composition of pattern and color. Nearly four hours after the Modern Art & Design Auction started...
Backstory: Half a Century Ago, a California College Student Visited Alma Thomas in Washington and Bought a Major Painting

Backstory: Half a Century Ago, a California College Student Visited Alma Thomas in Washington and Bought a Major Painting

ALMA THOMAS, “Spring Flowers in Washington D.C. (1969) is being offered at LA Modern Auctions on March 5.   IN A HANDWRITTEN LETTER, Alma Thomas (1891-1978) thanked an aspiring young African American physician for sending his final payment to purchase one of her paintings. The California college student visited Thomas’s studio in 1969 and decided...
A Look Back: For 8 Years, President Obama Touted Merits of Art for Change

A Look Back: For 8 Years, President Obama Touted Merits of Art for Change

  President Obama sits for first-ever 3D Presidential portrait being produced by the Smithsonian Institution, June 9, 2014. | Official White House Photo by Pete Souza   This post has been updated with links to Obama White House archive site.   FROM THE MOMENT President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama entered the White House,...
For the Obamas, Art Has Helped Make the White House Feel Like Home

For the Obamas, Art Has Helped Make the White House Feel Like Home

President Obama narrates a look inside his art-filled White House residence. | Obama White House Video   IN OCTOBER, PRESIDENT OBAMA hosted “Love & Happiness: A Musical Experience,” the last of many, many musical performances staged at the White House during his two terms. “Over the past eight years, Michelle and I have set aside...