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Kehinde Wiley's Empire of Vulnerability   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Kehinde Wiley at Brooklyn Museum of Art February 20th - May 24th
Posted 2/20/15

“Kehinde Wiley is everywhere right now,” said Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, as the small press tour began. This was not an exaggeration by any means; Wiley garnered recent attention when his paintings appeared as backdrops in Fox's Empire, a highly stylized melodrama from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong that collages black stereotypes while positioning black bodies into a King Lear-like drama, and for his fashion week photoshoot with New York Magazine. Wiley has been an art star since the mid 2000s when his masterf... [more]

Hyper-Pluralities for a New Becoming: The Exhibited Body in Contemporary Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/16/15

“The body is always a body that is an unfinished entity.” —Lisa Blackman, The Body (Key Concepts), Berg, 2008 “We have a whole history of representation in which the black body was not the privileged body,” Kerry James Marshall said in an interview a few years ago. “So there was no crisis of representation for me, because the black figure is underrepresented.” Marshall has patiently, and masterfully installed black figurative paintings in predominant... [more]

B. E. Riddick Big in Back  
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3/8/14 Posted 3/8/14

Well, you have to say he had a unique, consistent vision, which is the hallmark of a great artist. B.E. Riddick worked in the late 1970s and into the early 1980s, and most his several hundred works were created on the flattened paper of shopping bags. That isn't unusual for "outsider artists" who often work on found materials or whatever is available. Certainly African-American, which is of interest, but also certainly obsessed and driven. B. E. Riddick, presumed passed away unt... [more]

Filling in a blank in the image bank   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Kerry James Marshall at MuHKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp October 4th, 2013 - February 2nd, 2014
Posted 11/29/13

In the eyes of European curators and collectors, Kerry James Marshall is a quintessentially African-American artist, dealing with the idiosyncrasies of a place far removed from the Old World. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but this can be the only explanation for the complete absence of Marshall’s work in European museum collections. Only two private collectors, one in London and one in Amsterdam, have actually bought paintings by the artist who in the United States is considered one of the... [more]

Thinking Through Recess: Blackness Now and Then   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Caitlin Cherry, Krista Franklin, James T. Green, David Legget, Christina A. Long, Cecil McDonald, avery r. young at South Side Community Art Center October 11th, 2013 - November 9th, 2013
Posted 10/18/13

"They're not all the same color, they're not all black, they're not all, as they used to say years ago, high yellow, they're not all brown. I try to give each one of them character as individuals. And that's hard to do when you have so many figures to do, putting them all together and still have them have their characteristics." –Archibald Motley Jr. in a 1978 interview, describing the figures in his paintings Recess, the current exhibition from guest curator Tempestt Hazel at the South Side Co... [more]

John Brown Song! : an Interview with Laylah Ali  
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10/7/13 Posted 10/7/13

New York, Sep. 2013: Laylah Ali isn’t a media guru by any means. Traditionally a painter, Ali is more at home poring over paint samples than messing with pixels. But after being asked by the Dia Art Foundation to create an online piece, she decided to venture outside her familiar mediums of paint and paper to explore the life and legend of militant abolitionist John Brown. In John Brown Song! Ali assembled some nineteen videos of her friends, relatives, fellow artists, co-workers, and acquai... [more]

My Country Has No Name: Interview with Toyin Odutola  
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7/14/13 Posted 7/14/13

New York, Jul. 2013: Since receiving her MFA from California College of the Arts one year ago, Toyin Odutola has garnered much buzz as a young artist on the rise who maintains a fresh perspective on the flexible natures of race, identity, and nationality. Her process and progress are readily visible through her many social media outlets, which display her painstakingly prolific self-portraits. But who is the woman behind the work? From where has she sprung? Born in Nigeria, Odutola currently lives and wo... [more]

Subverting Society: Autonomy in the Portraiture of Barkley L. Hendricks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Barkley L. Hendricks at Jack Shainman Gallery 20th Street February 28th, 2013 - April 6th, 2013
Posted 3/12/13

“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” —Audre Lorde One might assume that the power of the artist lies in his ability to create his subjects. The series of portraits shown in Barkley L. Hendricks’ Heart Hands Eyes Mind, however, finds its unique authority in the artist’s capacity to allow his characters to define themselves. Rather than dictating the terms of their appearances, Hendricks seems to paint his subjects as they... [more]

2012 William H. Johnson Prize (deadline: Sept. 28, 2012)  
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8/24/12 Posted 8/24/12

(Excerpt from 'The 2012 William H. Johnson Prize' posted on The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts. Found on http://www.whjohnsongrant.org/application.html) Applications for the 2012 William H. Johnson Prize are now available online with a September 28, 2012 due date for all applications The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards gra... [more]

2012 William H. Johnson Prize (deadline: Sept. 28, 2012)  
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8/24/12 Posted 8/24/12

(Excerpt from 'The 2012 William H. Johnson Prize' posted on The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts. Found on http://www.whjohnsongrant.org/application.html) Applications for the 2012 William H. Johnson Prize are now available online with a September 28, 2012 due date for all applications The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards gra... [more]

2012 William H. Johnson Prize (deadline: Sept. 28, 2012)  
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8/24/12 Posted 8/24/12

(Excerpt from 'The 2012 William H. Johnson Prize' posted on The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts. Found on http://www.whjohnsongrant.org/application.html) Applications for the 2012 William H. Johnson Prize are now available online with a September 28, 2012 due date for all applications The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards gra... [more]

2012 William H. Johnson Prize (deadline: Sept. 28, 2012)  
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8/24/12 Posted 8/24/12

(Excerpt from 'The 2012 William H. Johnson Prize' posted on The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts. Found on http://www.whjohnsongrant.org/application.html) Applications for the 2012 William H. Johnson Prize are now available online with a September 28, 2012 due date for all applications The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards gra... [more]

2012 William H. Johnson Prize (deadline: Sept. 28, 2012)  
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8/24/12 Posted 8/24/12

(Excerpt from 'The 2012 William H. Johnson Prize' posted on The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts. Found on http://www.whjohnsongrant.org/application.html) Applications for the 2012 William H. Johnson Prize are now available online with a September 28, 2012 due date for all applications The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards gra... [more]

2012 William H. Johnson Prize (deadline: Sept. 28, 2012)  
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8/24/12 Posted 8/24/12

(Excerpt from 'The 2012 William H. Johnson Prize' posted on The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts. Found on http://www.whjohnsongrant.org/application.html) Applications for the 2012 William H. Johnson Prize are now available online with a September 28, 2012 due date for all applications The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards gra... [more]

Secret History of the Black Pin Up the Book  
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9/16/11 Posted 9/16/11

SECRET OF THE BLACK PIN UP BOOK PUBLISHED Intrigued by the question "Why aren't there any black pin up girls" on an internet message board, writer Jim Linderman decided to find out. With 100 rare vintage photographs all showing women of color in magazines not seen for over 50 years, Linderman not only reveals many answers to the question, he reveals a long gone part of America and African-American culture. Secret of the Black Pin Up takes us from "tease" to "sleaze" and reveals a world never before s... [more]

African-American Cartoonists and Comic Strips of Black Pulp Magazines by Jim Linderman  
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4/27/11 Posted 4/27/11

Black Ink Lost and Forgotten African-American Cartoonists of the Negro Pulps Anyone out there need a doctoral project? I can't do it, my plate is full, but I do have a knack for ideas and a small pile of fairly scarce magazines aimed at the African-American market from the 1950s and 1960s. Even the magazines are fairly hard to come by...search "Bronze Thrills" for one. A major publication which ran decades, yet it seems our major institutions and collectors have dropped the ball. Same with Copper Romance, Tan, Ji... [more]


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