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Latest News in African American Art: Hank Willis Thomas Designing King Memorial, History of Racism at MICA, Ghana and South Africa at Venice Biennale & More

Latest News in African American Art: Hank Willis Thomas Designing King Memorial, History of Racism at MICA, Ghana and South Africa at Venice Biennale & More

Rendering of “The Embrace” designed by Hank Willis Thomas with MASS Design Group. | Courtesy King Boston   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related black culture:   Hank Willis Thomas Selected to Design King Memorial in Boston “The Embrace,”...
Latest News in African American Art: Mariane Ibrahim Gallery Moving to Chicago, Theaster Gates x Prada, Major Kerry James Marshall Painting in Detroit & More

Latest News in African American Art: Mariane Ibrahim Gallery Moving to Chicago, Theaster Gates x Prada, Major Kerry James Marshall Painting in Detroit & More

“Souvenir II” (1997) by Kerry James Marshall   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related black culture:   Seattle Gallerist Mariane Ibrahim is Headed to Chicago After operating her eponymous gallery in Seattle for seven years, Mariane Ibrahim has decided...
Culture Type Picks: 18 Best Black Art Books of 2018

Culture Type Picks: 18 Best Black Art Books of 2018

The best illustrated black art books of 2018. | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine   THE INCREASED INTEREST among some museums in mounting exhibitions featuring the work of African American artists has translated into a growing number of catalogs published to document them, which is wonderful. Many of those catalogs made Culture Type’s 2018 list...
Beyond Basel: Where to See, Buy, and Experience African and African American Art During Miami Art Week 2018

Beyond Basel: Where to See, Buy, and Experience African and African American Art During Miami Art Week 2018

Installations by Derrick Adams and Tavares Strachan, left background.   MIAMI ART WEEK is well underway and there are an overwhelming number of opportunities to socialize and see, buy, and experience art beyond Art Basel Miami Beach. A plethora of activities focused on artists of African descent continue this weekend. Many galleries participating in satellite...
Election 2018: Artists and Museums are Shining a Light on Democracy, Freedom, and the Importance of Voting

Election 2018: Artists and Museums are Shining a Light on Democracy, Freedom, and the Importance of Voting

Trevor Paglen for For Freedoms   NATIONWIDE THE ENERGY AND URGENCY surrounding the midterm elections is translating into record voter turnout. More than 31.5 million early and absentee votes have been been cast thus far. Days remain before Election Day and advanced balloting in 22 states and the District of Columbia has already exceeded total...
Latest News in African American Art: Ntozake Shange Has Died, Torkwase Dyson at Colby College, Dutch Pavilion at 2019 Venice Biennale & More

Latest News in African American Art: Ntozake Shange Has Died, Torkwase Dyson at Colby College, Dutch Pavilion at 2019 Venice Biennale & More

Artist Torkwase Dyson. | Photo by Gabe Souza   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   NEWS Nigeria is planning a new Benin Royal Museum to display historic bronze sculptures looted from Benin by British troops in 1897...
Amid Rising Calls for Social Justice in America, the Clenched Fist is Appearing in Artwork and Museums

Amid Rising Calls for Social Justice in America, the Clenched Fist is Appearing in Artwork and Museums

From left, “Bridge” by Glenn Kaino; Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos at the 1968 Summer Olympics.   THE CLENCHED FIST, a symbol of Black Power and strength in the face of adversity, is showing up in museums. The historic gesture reflects the current moment in which many groups, frustrated with the political climate and...
Latest News: Trailblazing New York Times Photographer Has Died, Hamza Walker Will Curate Talks at Frieze Los Angeles & More

Latest News: Trailblazing New York Times Photographer Has Died, Hamza Walker Will Curate Talks at Frieze Los Angeles & More

Thokaza township, Johannesburg (1991). Photo by Graeme Williams   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   NEWS New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas has been accused by South African photographer Graeme Williams of using an iconic image he...
Latest News in African American Art: Nationwide Campaign Will Fund Political Billboards, Julie Mehretu Joins SFMOMA Board, Henry Taylor Wins De Niro Prize

Latest News in African American Art: Nationwide Campaign Will Fund Political Billboards, Julie Mehretu Joins SFMOMA Board, Henry Taylor Wins De Niro Prize

For Freedoms launched a nationwide crowd-sourcing campaign to fund artist-designed billboards for display in advance of the 2018 midterm elections in the United States.   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 Brodsky Center, a collaborative...
Acquisitions by Glenn Ligon, McArthur Binion, and Toyin Ojih Odutola are Driving Conversations Around Race and History at Mississippi Museum of Art

Acquisitions by Glenn Ligon, McArthur Binion, and Toyin Ojih Odutola are Driving Conversations Around Race and History at Mississippi Museum of Art

GLENN LIGON, “Condition Report,” 2000   THE MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART in Jackson, Miss., is encouraging constructive conversations about racial equity through contemporary art. A slate of new acquisitions, including works by African American artists Glenn Ligon, Benny Andrews (1930-2006), and McArthur Binion, a native of Macon, Miss., supports the museum’s commitment to engaging the...
Survey: The Latest News in African American Art and Beyond, Dec. 13, 2017

Survey: The Latest News in African American Art and Beyond, Dec. 13, 2017

SURVEY is a review of the latest news and happenings related to visual art by and about people of African descent, with the occasional nod to cultural matters. From left, Artists Emeka Ogboh and Simone Leigh made the shortlist for the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize. | From left, Photos by Adolphus Opara and Paul Mpagi...
October Openings: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Toyin Ojih Odutola, John Akomfrah, African Design, Hank Willis Thomas Debuts in London, and Women Working in Abstraction

October Openings: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Toyin Ojih Odutola, John Akomfrah, African Design, Hank Willis Thomas Debuts in London, and Women Working in Abstraction

  THE FALL SEASON continues with an international slate of black artists presenting new and important work in the United States and abroad. The Whitney is hosting Toyin Ojih Odutola‘s first exhibition in a New York museum. A monumental exhibition of African design is making its U.S. debut at the High Museum in Atlanta. Njideka...
Summer Shows: New Exhibitions Feature African American Artists Beverly Buchanan, Arthur Jafa, Glenn Ligon and Bradford Young

Summer Shows: New Exhibitions Feature African American Artists Beverly Buchanan, Arthur Jafa, Glenn Ligon and Bradford Young

A NUMBER OF GEMS OPENED this month. Summer tends to be a relatively quiet season art-wise, but this year major international events—Venice Biennale, Documenta 14, and Art Basel—are coinciding with compelling gallery and museum exhibitions featuring works by black artists. From San Francisco and Detroit, to Greece, London and Cape Town, exhibitions by artists including...
Artful Wisdom: Kerry James Marshall, Claudia Rankine, Leslie King-Hammond Among Speakers at 2017 Commencements

Artful Wisdom: Kerry James Marshall, Claudia Rankine, Leslie King-Hammond Among Speakers at 2017 Commencements

Artist Kerry James Marshall delivers remarks at Columbia College Chicago commencement on May 14. | Video by Columbia College Chicago   MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO, when Kerry James Marshall left Los Angeles to move to New York, his friend and fellow artist Carrie Mae Weems called Dawoud Bey, who was living in the city....