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Latest News in African American Art: Camille Billops (1933-2019), Joe Overstreet (1933-2019)

Latest News in African American Art: Camille Billops (1933-2019), Joe Overstreet (1933-2019)

Camille Billops (1933-2019), Joe Overstreet (1933-2019)   The following review presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related black culture:   TWO LEGENDARY New York City artists have died. Painter Joe Overstreet passed away yesterday. He co-founded Kenkeleba House, a Lower East Side artist space in 1974. Meanwhile, Camille Billops, a singular figure...
Simone Leigh is at the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and Even on CBS Where She Said: 'It's So Shocking What is Happening to Me'

Simone Leigh is at the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and Even on CBS Where She Said: ‘It’s So Shocking What is Happening to Me’

CBS NEWS reports on a broad range of issues. Rarely, however, does it devote coverage to visual artists. Last Saturday was an exception when Simone Leigh was featured on CBS This Morning. The network appearance is the latest development in a succession of new opportunities and recognition over the past five years, culminating in the...
Sotheby's Contemporary Curated Sale Offered Look at Rarely Seen Works by Faith Ringgold, Henry Taylor, Robert Colescott, Romare Bearden, Jack Whitten & More

Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated Sale Offered Look at Rarely Seen Works by Faith Ringgold, Henry Taylor, Robert Colescott, Romare Bearden, Jack Whitten & More

  AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS figured prominently in Sotheby’s recent Contemporary Curated auction. Works by 32 African American artists were offered, some rarely if ever shown publicly including a 2002 portrait of Malcolm X by Henry Taylor acquired directly from the artist and a pair of Robert Colescott interior scenes that give a nod to Roy...
Swann African American Art Sale Yields Records for Women Artists Including Simone Leigh, Emma Amos, and Howardena Pindell, Top Lot by Norman Lewis

Swann African American Art Sale Yields Records for Women Artists Including Simone Leigh, Emma Amos, and Howardena Pindell, Top Lot by Norman Lewis

  THE LATEST SALE of African-American Fine Art at Swann Auction Galleries resulted in auction records for several living women artists, including Simone Leigh, Emma Amos and Howardena Pindell. In addition, works by Sonya Clark and Allison Janae Hamilton appeared at auction for the first time and established benchmarks well above their estimates. Lot 171:...
'Loophole of Retreat': Simone Leigh's Hugo Boss Prize Exhibition Opens at the Guggenheim April 19

‘Loophole of Retreat’: Simone Leigh’s Hugo Boss Prize Exhibition Opens at the Guggenheim April 19

  AFTER WINNING the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize in October, Simone Leigh is presenting an exhibition of new work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Featuring a suite of sculptures and a sound installation, the show opens April 12. The Hugo Boss Prize has been awarded to 12 artists since 1996....
Artist List for 2019 Whitney Biennial Includes Wangechi Mutu, Simone Leigh, Brendan Fernandes,  Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jennifer Packer, and Martine Syms

Artist List for 2019 Whitney Biennial Includes Wangechi Mutu, Simone Leigh, Brendan Fernandes, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jennifer Packer, and Martine Syms

From left, Artists Brendan Fernandes, Simone Leigh, and Todd Gray   THE ARTIST LIST for the 2019 Whitney Biennial was released Monday afternoon. The group includes 75 artists, a diverse group in terms of race, gender, experience, and discipline. Prominent names include Simone Leigh, Wangechi Mutu, Nicole Eisenman, Jeffrey Gibson, and Forensic Architecture, the UK...
Latest News in African American Art: Aaron Fowler Wins Jacob Lawrence Prize, US Artists Fellows, Adrian Piper Exhibition Cancelled in Munich & More

Latest News in African American Art: Aaron Fowler Wins Jacob Lawrence Prize, US Artists Fellows, Adrian Piper Exhibition Cancelled in Munich & More

Portrait of artist Aaron Fowler, and “Derion,” 2018 by Folwer.   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   Jacob Lawrence Prize Announced The Seattle Art Museum announced assemblage artist Aaron Fowler is the recipient of the 2019 Gwendolyn...
Artist Simone Leigh Wins Guggenheim's 2018 Hugo Boss Prize

Artist Simone Leigh Wins Guggenheim’s 2018 Hugo Boss Prize

  THE 2018 HUGO BOSS PRIZE has been awarded to Simone Leigh. Best known for her ceramic works, Leigh’s practice examines black female subjectivity, black feminist discourse, and the history of labor and resistance. Her selection was announced last night at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The Hugo Boss Prize recognizes the...
She's a 'Brick House': Simone Leigh's Monumental Vision of a Black Woman is Inaugural Commission for High Line Plinth

She’s a ‘Brick House’: Simone Leigh’s Monumental Vision of a Black Woman is Inaugural Commission for High Line Plinth

In Progress: Simone Leigh assesses her towering “Brick House” sculpture.   A STUNNING CLAY SCULPTURE by Simone Leigh rises 16-feet high in a Philadelphia foundry. Leigh’s monumental vision of a black woman is titled “Brick House” after the 1977 song by the Commodores. Blending architectural forms from West Africa and the American South with 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...
Survey: The Latest News in African American Art and Beyond, Nov. 1, 2017

Survey: The Latest News in African American Art and Beyond, Nov. 1, 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. OVER THE WEEKEND, the feminist art historian Linda Nochlin died at age 86. She wrote the seminal 1971 essay, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?,”...
Monumental Sculptures by Simone Leigh, Charles Gaines May Perch Above High Line

Monumental Sculptures by Simone Leigh, Charles Gaines May Perch Above High Line

  SYMBOLIZING THE BLACK BODY, Simone Leigh‘s black ceramic busts embellished with textured glaze or countless tiny roses are a sight to see. Imagine a monumental version of one of her sculptures installed on the High Line, rising so high it is visible from the street below. It’s a possibility that might materialize next year....
Representation: 10 African American Artists to Watch Who Joined New Galleries in 2016

Representation: 10 African American Artists to Watch Who Joined New Galleries in 2016

AT EVERY STAGE IN AN ARTIST’S CAREER, joining a new gallery can offer new opportunities and possibilities. Over the past year, emerging artists, mid-career artists, and well-established artists who have been practicing for half a century, joined the rosters of major galleries. For an artist, the right partnership can sharpen business outcomes and help bolster...
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...