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Kerry James Marshall's 'Mastry' at The Met Headlines Fall Season, 50+ Exhibitions Featuring Black Artists

Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Mastry’ at The Met Headlines Fall Season, 50+ Exhibitions Featuring Black Artists

Kerry James Marshall’s retrospective, featuring “Untitled (Studio), opens at The Met Breuer Oct. 25.   THE VISIONARY AND IMAGINATIVE PAINTINGS of Kerry James Marshall are coming to New York. Presenting 35 years of painting, “Mastry” is the largest retrospective of the artist’s work to date. After debuting at MCA Chicago in April, the exhibition opens...
Beyond the Fairs: London's Must-See Exhibitions Featuring Black Artists

Beyond the Fairs: London’s Must-See Exhibitions Featuring Black Artists

Embed from Getty Images   LONDON IS THE PLACE TO BE this week with the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and Frieze London underway. The fourth edition of 1:54 is open Oct. 6-9 at Somerset House. According to the fair, 40 exhibitors are presenting more than 130 African and African diasporan artists, alongside a program...
Where My Girls At?: 28+ Opportunities to See and Support the Work of Black Female Artists and Curators This Fall

Where My Girls At?: 28+ Opportunities to See and Support the Work of Black Female Artists and Curators This Fall

Works by Alma Thomas, Simone Leigh, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye   IT WAS A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM, a celebration of two important women in art—Alma Thomas (1891-1978) and Thelma Golden. The artist and the director of the Studio Museum in Harlem were both born Sept. 22. Thomas would have been 125. To mark the milestone,...
At Art Basel, Significant Sales of Works by African American Artists, including Njideka Akunyili Crosby

At Art Basel, Significant Sales of Works by African American Artists, including Njideka Akunyili Crosby

  MUSEUMS HAVE TAKEN AN INTEREST in Njideka Akunyili Crosby. At Art Basel, Victoria Miro Gallery of London sold “Super Blue Omo” (above), a new, large-scale figurative work by the Los Angeles-based painter to a museum. According to BLOUIN ARTINFO, the painting went to “an unidentified American museum for an otherwise indeterminate five-figure price.” UPDATE:...
Record Breakers: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Mark Bradford and Faith Ringgold Reach New Auction Highs

Record Breakers: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Mark Bradford and Faith Ringgold Reach New Auction Highs

  THE THREE MAJOR AUCTION HOUSES—Christie’s, Sothebys and Phillips—held contemporary art sales during Frieze London and the events yielded a number of artist records, including career high values for Mark Bradford and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Known for her deft portrayals of compelling figures, Yiadom-Boakye far exceeded pre-sale expectations at Christie’s London on Oct. 16. “Knave” (above),...
Summer Shows: 25 Noteworthy Exhibitions Feature Black Artists

Summer Shows: 25 Noteworthy Exhibitions Feature Black Artists

THIS SUMMER, MAJOR CITIES are presenting major exhibitions featuring the work of important African American artists. In greater Detroit, Nick Cave (shown above) is staging pop-up performances showcasing his mesmerizing Soundsuits in conjunction with a museum exhibition at the Cranbrook Art Museum, his first in Michigan. In New York, the Studio Museum in Harlem is...
New York Times Publishes First-Ever, Art-Themed Issue of Sunday Book Review

New York Times Publishes First-Ever, Art-Themed Issue of Sunday Book Review

FEATURING “ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, art-themed fiction, artist biography, nonfiction about the art world, original photography and original artwork,” the New York Times published its first-ever art-themed Sunday Book Review section today (June 28, 2015). The print version arrived in this morning’s paper, but the reviews began appearing online Wednesday and a specially designed web page featuring...
Porter Magazine Reports on 'Quiet Power' of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's Paintings

Porter Magazine Reports on ‘Quiet Power’ of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Paintings

MYSTERIOUS AND CAPTIVATING are among the descriptors often used to label the subjects in Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s remarkable portraits. Fictional figures, the men and women she paints—whether sitting, standing, reclining, gazing at a floral arrangement or nursing a cup of tea—betray no sense of time or place, and their clothing and spare surroundings don’t offer any...
Frieze Magazine Asks Henry Taylor and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye About Painting

Frieze Magazine Asks Henry Taylor and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye About Painting

LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE FINDS PAINTING “DIFFICULT.” Critically recognized for her moody-hued paintings of people who sprout from her imagination (above), the British artist says the challenge is a good thing. “I paint because I love doing it and because I never stop finding it difficult,” she told Frieze magazine. “I always feel like I’m trying to...
11 Best Black Art Books of 2014

11 Best Black Art Books of 2014

THE BEST EXHIBITION CATALOGS do more than document their gallery counterparts. They provide critical context, visual reference, an opportunity for innovative design that reflects the work, and a format in which the exhibition can live beyond its presentation dates. This year, there were a number of remarkable exhibitions featuring Black artists and the coinciding catalogs...
In New York for the Holidays? 17 Exhibitions for Your Agenda

In New York for the Holidays? 17 Exhibitions for Your Agenda

NOTHING BEATS SPENDING THE HOLIDAYS in New York City and the best way to avoid the clutch of shoppers is to sneak away and take in some art. All around Manhattan, from the New Museum, where British-born Chris Ofili’s first solo exhibition at a major U.S. museum is on view, to the Metropolitan Museum of...