Monday, February 20, 2017

BATON ROUGE: GUSTAVE BLACHE III

A Work In Progress: Paintings by Gustave Blache III
March 11 - June 4, 2017

LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM
100 River Road South
Downtown Baton Rouge, LA

Ordinary people engaged in the process of their everyday work forms the primary subject matter of these intimate paintings by Louisiana artist Gustave Blache III.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

DETROIT: ARTIS LANE

Emerging
February 11 - May 20, 2017

Artist Reception: Friday, March 3, 2017

THE N'NAMDI CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
52 East Forest Avenue
Detroit, MI

Artis Lane is a prominent sculptor and painter well-known for her work in portraiture and in subjects of social and political justice. Her most recent work is in the realm of Divine Metaphysics. Lane has created powerful sculptures that with their dramatic beauty portray the real man and woman as manifestations of God, Spirit and the Highest Consciousness.

DETROIT: STEPHON SENEGAL

BLU BLK
February 11 - May 20, 2017

Artist Reception: Friday, March 3, 2017

THE N'NAMDI CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
52 East Forest Avenue
Detroit, MI

Stephon Senegal's Brooklyn-based practice explores equine, human, canine and other animal structures; a reference to themes of vassalage and the tools used in the subjugation of one group by another. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

DALLAS: FAHAMU PECOU

The People Could Fly
February 18 - March 25, 2017

CONDUIT GALLERY
1626 C Hi Line Drive 
Dallas, TX

An exhibition of large-scale drawings and installation by the Atlanta-based artist.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SEATTLE: ROBERT PRUITT

PLANETARY SURVEY: New Drawings
March 2 - April 29, 2017

PROGRAPHICA/KOPLIN DE RIO GALLERY
313 Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, WA

In his statement for the exhibition, the artist writes:

"This exhibition is a survey of the last two years of my drawing practice. The works on display maintain the signature stark compositions of my work and usual interplay between notions of futurism, traditional world cultures, contemporary black culture and politics. New to my process, however is a reduction in the literal representation of these references and ideas. Adornments of headdresses, jewelry and costuming give way to more abstract representations in the form of, amongst other things, absurd hair designs recalling the constructions in the work of Bill Traylor, rocket engine call signs as tattoos and geometric patterning evoking masquerade costumes of Central and West Africa. Along with these references to the fantastic, I apply a deliberate and realistic rendering of the human body as the central axis in recovering an inherent Black humanity."

- Robert Pruitt 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

MILWAUKEE: DELLA WELLS

Della Wells: A Spiritual Journey
February 16 - May 14, 2017

MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART
Saint John's On the Lake
1800 North Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

Through colorful collages, drawings, dolls and quilts Della Wells blends her personal experiences with explorations of culture.

Monday, February 13, 2017

CHICAGO: DERRICK ADAMS

Tell Me Something Good
February 24 - April 1, 2017

RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY
118 North Peoria Street
Chicago, IL

Sunday, February 12, 2017

NEW YORK: SAYA WOOLFALK

ChimaCloud and the Pose System
February 16 - March 25, 2017

LESLIE TONKONOW ARTWORKS + PROJECTS
535 West 22nd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY

Saturday, February 11, 2017

CHICAGO: WALL OF RESPECT

The Wall of Respect: Vestiges, Shards and Legacies
February 25 - July 30, 2017

CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER
Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL

This exhibition chronicles how the Organization of Black Arts and Culture -- a collection of 14 designers, photographers, painters and others -- designed and produced a seminal mural for and within Chicago's Black South Side communities. The Wall of Respect received national critical acclaim when it was unveiled in 1967 and its legacy has reemerged today as one of the most significant projects in Chicago's storied public art history. Part of the City of Chicago's Year of Public Art

Friday, February 10, 2017

LONDON: MAKING JAMAICA

Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s
February 24 - April 22, 2017

AUTOGRAPH ABP
Rivington Place (off Rivington Street)
London, UK

This exhibit uncovers the history of how the image of modern Jamaica as a tourist destination -- and tropical commodity -- was created through photography.


Making Jamaica also includes new work by contemporary artist Ingrid Pollard.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO: ENDURING IN VISION AND LINKED IN TRADITION

Selected Works by Four Generations of African-American Women Artists
February 11 - April 8, 2017

Curated by Alitash Kebede

Featuring Works by

Nanette Carter
Elizabeth Catlett
Kenturah Davis
Lois Mailou Jones
Gwendolyn Knight
Samella Lewis
Mary Lovelace O'Neil
Alison Saar
Betye Saar
Lezley Saar
Eve Sandler
Lisa C. Soto
Elisabeth Sunday

ROBERT & FRANCES FULLERTON MUSEUM OF ART
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA

This exhibit presents works by 13 highly accomplished artists, who represent four generations of African-American women in the art world, from the first half of the 20th century to the present.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ACQUISITION: THORNTON DIAL, LONNIE HOLLEY, RONALD LOCKETT ET AL.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Make Historic Acquisition of 62 Works of African American Art from the Soul Grown Deep Foundation

MEDIA NEWS: NARI WARD

We the People: Nari Ward to re-create monumental work in New York

Installation at Socrates Sculpture Park Takes Political Turn

Nari Ward Receives Vilcek Prize for Immigrant Artists, With $100,000 Cash Award

Former Gardner Museum artist-in-residence wins Vilcek Prize

Prize-Winning Immigrant Artist Addresses Issues Of Identity Through Sculpture



MEDIA NEWS: KARA WALKER

Kara Walker, Danh Vo, MOCA, Marian Goodman Sign Petition Against Immigration Ban

CHICAGO: RHONDA WHEATLEY

A Modern Day Shaman's Hybrid Devices, Power Objects, and Cure Books
February 12 - May 7, 2017

HYDE PARK ART CENTER
Cleve E. Carney Gallery
5020 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL

In her first solo exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center, Rhonda Wheatley showcases sculptures using vintage and found materials which act as tools of healing and transformation.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

AUSTRALIA: JOHN AKOMFRAH

Perth International Arts Festival 2017: John Akomfrah
February 11 - April 30, 2017

JOHN CURTIN GALLERY
Building 200
Curtin University
Kent Street
Bentley Western Australia

Leading British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah brings Perth two new major film installations, Vertigo Sea and Auto De Fé.

Press:

Sea works pulse with power

Friday, February 3, 2017

DURHAM: NINA CHANEL ABNEY

Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush
February 16 - July 16, 2017

NASHER MUSEUM OF ART AT DUKE UNIVERSITY
2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC

Nasher presents the first solo exhibition in a museum for Abney.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

CINCINNATI: NOEL ANDERSON

Blak Origin Moment
February 6 - June 18, 2017

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
44 East 6th Street
Cincinnati, OH

Through a diverse means of representation, this show seeks to examine material and immaterial manifestations of contemporary black masculine thought as expressed through analog (historical) and contemporary (digital) means. Works in this exhibit range from prints and woven photographic textiles to video and live performances.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

MEDIA NEWS: BLACK HISTORY MONTH ART REMOVED AFTER PARENTS COMPLAINED

West coast artist Mark Harris' show of "agitprop" art viewed "offensive." 

MEDIA NEWS: EDMONIA LEWIS

Google Honors Famous African American Female Sculptor With Doodle

Iconic Fine Arts Sculptor Edmonia Lewis Honored in Google Doodle

Google Kicks Off Black History Month With Doodle of Sculptor Edmonia Lewis

Google Doodle Salutes Pioneering Sculptor Edmonia Lewis To Kick Off Black History Month

NEW YORK: SHINIQUE SMITH

Secret Garden Laughing Place
January 27 - June 25, 2017

SUGAR HILL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ART & STORYTELLING
898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street
New York, NY

From sugarhillmuseum.org:

"Children are encouraged to crawl and directly engage with a vibrant installation by artist Shinique Smith. Secret Garden Laughing Place is an expansive labyrinth and abstract painting that contemplates matters of transnational consumption, as well as the human need for play and wonder. This exhibition expand's the Museum's year-long survey of the question 'What does it mean to be a global citizen?' Small visitors [are encouraged] to think about our inter-connectivity as humans, our role in waste production, and our relationship to this planet."

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

SAG HARBOR: EXPANDING TRADITION

George Anthony Morton, Mars, 2016, charcoal and white chalk, 24 x 19 inches. Courtesy of In A Word Fab, LLC.
Expanding Tradition: The Journey of the African-American Artist
February 4 - March 5, 2017

Curated by Andree MiChelle

Featuring works by

Roger Beckles
James Hoston
Jas Knight
George Anthony Morton
Philip Smallwood
Mario Robinson
Irvin Rodriguez

GRENNING GALLERY
17 Washington Street
Sag Harbor, NY

A showcase of emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery will donate 10% of profits from opening day sales to the Eastville Community Historical Society, in support of their 6-week summer art camp for school-age children.


Monday, January 30, 2017

DENVER: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street 1979-1980
February 11 - May 7, 2017

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DENVER
1485 Delgany Street
Denver, CO

From mcadenver.org:

"Through paintings, sculpture, works on paper, a notebook, and other ephemera, this exhibition explores how the context of life in New York, informed and formed Basquiat's artistic practice."

Press:

See Jean-Michel Basquiat through the eyes of an ex-lover

The Jean-Michel Basquiat You Haven't Seen

Basquiat Before He Was Famous

Sunday, January 29, 2017

ART NEWS: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

The first major UK Basquiat exhibition is scheduled this year

NEW ALBANY: #BLACKARTMATTERS

February 3 - April 8, 2017

Featuring works by

Ray Dalton
Stephen Flemister
Robyn Gibson
Natasha Giles
Christina Long
Fahamu Pecou
LaNia Roberts
Dread Scott
Scheherazade Tillet
Shawn Michael Warren

CARNEGIE CENTER FOR ART & HISTORY
201 East Spring Street
New Albany, IN

From carnegiecenter.org:

"This is an exhibit born out of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, created to provide space for people to be seen and heard. This exhibition is about sharing histories and celebrate lives, and the encourage understanding and respect among neighbors. In this moment in history, the Carnegie Center for Art & History felt a sense of urgency to highlight the work and vision of both local and national African American artists to bring national conversations to our space and community."

Saturday, January 28, 2017

TORONTO: KAPWANI KIWANGA

A wall is just a wall
January 28 - May 14, 2017

THE POWER PLANT
231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario
Canada

As we go about our daily lives, we enter into and are confronted -- whether we notice it or not -- by spaces designed to shape and regulate our behavior. It is this architecture of control that informs Kapwani Kiwanga's solo exhibition at The Power Plant.

NEW YORK: PAUL MPAGI SEPUYA

Figures, Grounds and Studies
February 2 - March 18, 2017

YANCEY RICHARDSON GALLERY
525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

Friday, January 27, 2017

SAVANNAH: NICK CAVE

Nick Cave
January 27 - April 23, 2017

TELFAIR MUSEUMS | JEPSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
207 West York Street
Savannah, GA

The exhibition at Telfair Museums features a selection of soundsuits made in the past decade, as well as two tondos -- large circular works evoking the night sky and the cosmos -- and two recent videos documenting the soundsuits and their use in performance. This is the largest presentation of Cave's work ever displayed in Georgia.

AWARDED: JOHN AKOMRAH

John Akomfrah wins Artes Mundi prize and attacks UK's intolerance

Thursday, January 26, 2017

COVER: LUBAINA HIMID | FRIEZE | JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017

Lubaina Himid, 1792, (2015), acrylic on canvas. 45.3 x  64.1 x 2 inches. 





















Influences: Lubaina Himid

PITTSBURGH: TEENIE HARRIS

Teenie Harris Photographs: Erroll Garner and Jazz from the Hill
December 17, 2016 - June 30, 2017

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh was a hub for jazz in the 20th century during its golden age, and Charles "Teenie" Harris seemed to capture every electrifying show performed there. This exhibit, curated by GRAMMY-nominated jazz musician Geri Allen, features pianist and composer Erroll Garner.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

CHICAGO: BETHANY COLLINS

Material Fact
January 28 - March 21, 2017

PATRON GALLERY 
673 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL

Solo project by the Chicago-based artist.

View works by Bethany Collins here.

OXFORD: LUBAINA HIMID

Invisible Strategies
January 21 - April 30, 2017

MODERN ART OXFORD
30 Pembroke Street
Oxford, UK

Modern Art Oxford presents the first major survey exhibition by British artist Lubaina Himid. One of the pioneers of the British Black Arts Movement, Himid's work challenges the stereotypical depictions of black figures in art history, foregrounding the contribution of the African diaspora to Western culture.

Press:

Lubaina Himid Helped Put Black Artists on the Map in Britain

Lubiana Himid: Invisible Strategies; Tschabala Self review

Monday, January 23, 2017

LONDON: TSCHABALALA SELF

Tschabalala Self
January 17 - March 12, 2017

PARASOL UNIT FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
14 Wharf Road
London, UK

The artist's first UK solo exhibition at Parasol unit brings together paintings, prints, and sculptures spanning the first five years of the Self's artistic career.

Press:

Lubiana Himid: Invisible Strategies; Tschabala Self review