Sunday, October 8, 2017

NEW YORK: PHILEMONA WILLIAMSON

Hovering Tales
October 13 - November 14, 2017

JUNE KELLY GALLERY
166 Mercer Street
New York, NY

New paintings by East Coast-based artist.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

NEW YORK: WILLIAM VILLALONGO

Keep On Pushing
October 26 - December 9, 2017

Artist Reception: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6 pm to 8 pm

SUSAN INGLETT GALLERY
522 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

From Susan Inglett Gallery e-blast:

Susan Inglett Gallery is pleased to present Keep on Pushing, an exhibition of new cut-paper work and paintings on panel by William Villalongo.

Known for irreverent riffs on the art historical "muse," Villalongo has made episodic paintings and works on paper, which underscore historical erasure and master narratives of desire. In his fifth solo exhibition at Susan Inglett Gallery, the artist turns his attention to the black male figure, while returning to his signature cut velvet paper works.

This new body of work suggests a re-imagining of the black male figure at a time when current events and statistics reflect a social reality of limited expectations, contingency, and disproportionate fear. Within the dark tones of these meditations on physiology, the artist uses metaphors of invisibility, nature, and reformation as necessary conditions of being. Much like fallen autumn leaves, Villalongo's men navigate their world, subject to an unpredictable wind - piling, spinning, and re-collecting. The work conjures spaces of sensuality, humor, and history. Titled after Curtis Mayfield's 1970 hit song, "Keep on Pushing," this body of work speaks to the inherent human spirit's will to persevere and to find a way.



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

HEADS UP: CHARLES WHITE RETROSPECTIVE

Charles White: A Retrospective unites a selection of the artist's finest works, speaking to their universal appeal and stunning beauty and their relevance to audiences today. The exhibition’s focused and overdue consideration of White's work and influence in Chicago proves invaluable in understanding the ongoing themes of his art and his later artistic development even after his departure from the city. While centered on White, the exhibition also seeks to further understanding of Chicago's immense contributions to American art history and deepen understanding of White's artistic production through the close examination of his early and later work in light of his context to Chicago.
Exhibition venues and dates: 
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, June 10, 2018 - September 3, 2018
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (New York), October 7, 2018 – January 13, 2019 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, March 3, 2019 – June 9, 2019.

Monday, September 25, 2017

NEW YORK: VAGINAL DAVIS

Vaginal Davis & Louise Nevelson: Chimera
September 8 - October 22, 2017

INVISIBLE-EXPORTS
89 Eldridge Street
New York, NY

From invisible-exports.com:

INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is proud to present, Chimera,  a two-person show featuring two grandstanding, iconoclastic, and spectacular women.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

CHICAGO: GERALD WILLIAMS

Gerald Williams
September 9 - December 2, 2017

KAVI GUPTA
219 North Elizabeth Street
Chicago, IL

From kavigupta.com:

Kavi Gupta is pleased to present Gerald Williams, the first solo exhibition of the work of AfriCOBRA co-founder Gerald Williams in more than 20 years.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

NEW YORK: BARBARA CHASE-RIBOUD

Barbara Chase-Riboud - Malcolm X: Complete
September 9 - November 4, 2017

MICHAEL ROSENFELD GALLERY
100 Eleventh Avenue @ 19th
New York, NY

From michaelrosenfeldart.com:

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery proudly presents Barbara Chase-Riboud—Malcolm X: Complete, an exhibition celebrating her now complete series of monumental bronze and fiber sculptures that the artist created in honor of the slain human rights leader. The exhibition, her second large-scale solo show at the gallery, will be accompanied by a fully illustrated color catalog featuring a recent interview with the artist by Carlos Basualdo, the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NEW YORK: SADIE BARNETTE

Compland
September 14 - October 28, 2017

FORT GANSEVOORT
5 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY

From Fort Gansevoort press release:

Barnette’s inaugural exhibition with the gallery features a mergence of photography, drawing and installation to create a dynamic exploration of the abstraction of urban space and the transcendence of the mundane to the imaginative. The title Compland suggests a mythical cultural space, though geographically impossible, blending the California cities of Compton and Oakland. For the artist, these cities each hold equal parts biographical significance and importance as iconic places defining west coast culture, from Black Power to hip hop. Family photographs and ephemera punctuate Barnette’s imagined space with evidence of the real. California 1970’s living rooms, stacks of money and coins, sidewalk cracks and fences, stucco buildings and hello kitty toys are viewed alongside splashes of glitter and otherworldly holographic iridescence.

Press:

NEW YORK: KARA WALKER

SIKKEMA JENKINS AND CO. IS COMPELLED TO PRESENT THE MOST ASTOUNDING AND IMPORTANT PAINTING SHOW OF THE FALL ART SHOW VIEWING SEASON! COLLECTORS OF FINE ART WILL FLOCK TO SEE THE LATEST KARA WALKER OFFERINGS, AND WHAT IS SHE OFFERING BUT THE FINEST SELECTION OF ARTWORKS BY AN AFRICANAMERICAN LIVING WOMAN ARTIST THIS SIDE OF THE MISSISSIPPI. MODEST COLLECTORS WILL FIND HER PRICES REASONABLE, THOSE OF A HEARTIER DISPOSITION WILL RECOGNIZE BARGAINS! SCHOLARS WILL STUDY AND DEBATE THE HISTORICAL VALUE AND INTELLECTUAL MERITS OF MISS WALKER’S DIVERSIONARY TACTICS. ART HISTORIANS WILL WONDER WHETHER THE WORK REPRESENTS A DEPARTURE OR A CONTINUUM. STUDENTS OF COLOR WILL EYE HER WORK SUSPICIOUSLY AND EXERCISE THEIR FREE RIGHT TO CULTURALLY ANNIHILATE HER ON SOCIAL MEDIA. PARENTS WILL COVER THE EYES OF INNOCENT CHILDREN. SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL REEXAMINE THEIR ART HISTORY CURRICULA. PRESTIGIOUS ACADEMIC SOCIETIES WILL WITHDRAW THEIR SUPPORT, FORMER HUSBANDS AND FORMER LOVERS WILL RECOIL IN ABJECT TERROR. CRITICS WILL SHAKE THEIR HEADS IN BEMUSED SILENCE. GALLERY DIRECTORS WILL WRING THEIR HANDS AT THE SIGHT OF THRONGS OF THE GALLERY-CURIOUS FLOODING THE PAVEMENT OUTSIDE. THE FINAL PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WILL VISIBLY WINCE. EMPIRES WILL FALL, ALTHOUGH WHICH ONES, ONLY TIME WILL TELL.

September 7 - October 14, 2017

SIKKEMA JENKINS & CO.
530 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

The show's title says it all. #nuffsaid

Press:






Monday, September 18, 2017

CHICAGO: SENGA NENGUDI

Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures 
September 7 - December 10, 2017

DEPAUL ART MUSEUM 
935 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL

From museums.depaul.edu:

Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gesture is the artist’s first solo museum survey and features work from the 1970s to the present, including documentation of early performances.

“Senga Nengudi is one of the most important American artists of the past 50 years, yet she is still under-recognized,” said Julie Rodrigues Widholm, director and chief curator of the DePaul Art Museum. “Her work continues to be relevant as we think about the body, identity and ways art can be innovative and connect people.”

EVANSTON: CARRIE MAE WEEMS

Carrie Mae Weems: Ritual and Revolution
September 12 - December 10, 2017

MARY AND LEIGH BLOCK MUSEUM OF ART
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL

From blockmuseum.northwestern.edu:

Ritual
and Revolution (1998) is an immersive, gallery-sized installation that marks one of the artist’s earliest forays into three dimensions. Composed of 18 diaphanous printed cloth banners organized in a semi-architectural formation and a poetic audio track, Ritual and Revolution explores the historic human struggle for equality and justice, including references to the Middle Passage, the French Revolution, World War II, among others.



Monday, September 11, 2017

NEW YORK: JEFF SONHOUSE

Masked Reduction
September 14 - October 28, 2017

TILTON GALLERY
8 East 76th Street 
New York, NY

From Tilton Gallery Press Release:

Masked Reduction [is] an exhibition of new works by Jeff Sonhouse. This is the artist's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

CHICAGO: NATHANIEL MARY QUINN

Nothing's Funny
September 8 - October 21, 2017

RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY
118 North Peoria Street
Chicago, IL

The Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based artist's second solo show with the gallery.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

NEW YORK: SANFORD BIGGERS

Selah
September 7 - October 21, 2017

MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY
507 West 24th Street
New York, NY

From Marianne Boesky Press Release:

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present Selah, Sanford Biggers’ first solo exhibition with the gallery. Through symbolic gestures and imagery Biggers creates an experience that highlights often overlooked cultural and political narratives in American History. The artist’s expansive body of work encompasses painting, sculptures, textiles, video, film, multi-component installations, and performance. Biggers’ syncretic practice positions him as a collaborator with the past, adding his own voice and perspective to those who made and used the antique quilts, African sculptures, and cultural imagery he references. His work speaks to current social, political, and economic happenings as well as to the historic context that bore them.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

LONDON: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

Basquiat: Boom for Real
September 21, 2017 - January 28, 2018

BARBICAN CENTRE
Silk Street
London, UK

The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Press:

The first major UK Basquiat exhibition is coming

Thursday, July 20, 2017

DETROIT: SAY IT LOUD

Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion
July 23, 2017 - January 2, 2018

THE CHARLES H. WRIGHT MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI

From thewright.org:


Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion
is a two-part exhibition that commemorates the 1960s rebellions, observes the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion, and compares the uprisings of the past to the upheavals that shocked our nation in the 21st century.

The first part of Say It Loud [is] installed outside on the museum’s grounds. Using photographs and quotes, which present the events that led up to the Detroit rebellion and describe what occurred in its aftermath. United We Stand, the 24-foot sculpture by Charles McGee, serves as a symbol for the only way that Detroit can continue to manifest and maintain change for the future. We invite visitors to view these installations anytime of the day or night.


The second part of Say It Loud [is] presented inside the museum’s AT&T and Chase Galleries, during regular museum hours. This exhibition brings together more than 40 nationally recognized artists from multiple generations and relies on works across disciplines to help illustrate the awe, tragedy, and potential for transformation when the people rebel.

DETROIT: ART OF REBELLION

Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement
July 23 - October 22, 2017

DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS (DIA)
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI

From dia.org:
Explore powerful artworks by African American artists who formed collectives during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. These collectives, made up of artists working together in distinct groups, created art specifically for African American audiences that asserted black identity and racial justice.

This exhibition includes 34 paintings, sculptures, installations and photographs produced by artists working both collectively and independently to address social and political issues surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and today. Situated within the story of these collectives is the Detroit rebellion of 1967.

Friday, June 30, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS: THE SHOP

The Shop: An Exhibition Based on the Iconography and Culture of the Black Barbershop
July 1 - July 15, 2017

Curated by CRICE Kahlil

Featuring works by

Noah Lawrence-Holder
CRICE Khalil
Seitu Jones
Candice Davis
Ta–coumba Aiken 

Emma Eubanks 
Bobby Rogers
Keith Williams


From publicfunctionary.org:

The Shop is a multi-media art exhibition based on the iconography and culture of the Black barbershop. The exhibition recalls the Afro-centric rumination central to the barbershop experience. Black hair, historically an object of ridicule, has evolved into a symbol of pride and rebellion. The barbershop is a microcosm of the African American experience. It is a place where the past, present and future combine and authenticity is valued most.

The works will showcase a wide array of artistic disciplines including paintings, photography, screen prints, drawings and digital art, sharing different perspectives in response to the importance of the barbershop experience to the Black community. The show will feature both emerging and established Black artists creating work around the theme, a rare cross-generational collective show highlighting African American artists collectively engaging with the broader Minneapolis arts scene.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

EAST HAMPTON: COLOR PEOPLE (CURATED BY RASHID JOHNSON)

Color People
July 1 - July 25, 2017

Participating artists:

Marina Adams
McArthur Binion
Robert Colescott
Sam Gilliam
Alteronce Gumby
Mary Heilmann
Loie Hollowell
Tony Lewis
Walter Price
Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Amy Sherald
Bob Thompson
Mary Weatherford

RENTAL GALLERY
87 Newton Lane
East Hampton, NY

From Rental Gallery e-blast:

"Color People is an exhibition I've long considered organizing. It's born of a twenty-year obsession with the work of the artist Bob Thompson. The artists included are a wide range of painters whose works perform differently but with a shared radicality in their employment and understanding of color. This exhibition doesn't speak to a time or place. The relationships formed here between works are often opaque and intentionally diverse. Some of these artists are heroes of mine, while others I've only recently been introduced to. They're bonded by my interest in their work. I've often found that artist-organized exhibitions are most successful when the artist chooses to include works they wish they'd made themselves. This exhibition follows that philosophy."  –Rashid Johnson







Tuesday, June 27, 2017

NEW YORK: ALVIN BALTROP

At the Hudson River Piers
June 29 - August 19, 2017

Images selected by Douglas Crimp

GALERIE BUCHHOLZ
17 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 

From Third Steaming (3S) e-blast:

"The photographs of Alvin Baltrop (1948-2004) were virtually unknown during the artist’s lifetime. A working-class African-American many of whose photographs are sexually explicit, Baltrop encountered only rejection. In the past decade, his work has belatedly begun to be exhibited, including at Third Streaming and MoMA/PS1 in New York City, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, and the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston. By far the largest cache of Baltrop’s extant photographs depicts the scene at the dilapidated Hudson River piers adjacent to Greenwich Village and the Meat Packing District. During the 1970s and into the 1980s, when Baltrop photographed there, the piers were a site of pleasure and danger for men seeking sex, sunbathing, making a provisional home, or just hanging out and taking in the splendor of the industrial ruins. More nefarious deeds also took place: theft, gay-bashing, even murder." - Douglas Crimp

Saturday, June 24, 2017

MILWAUKEE: RASHID JOHNSON

Hail We Now Sing Joy
June 23 - September 17, 2017

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM
700 North Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI

From mam.org:

Hail We Now Sing Joy is an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by acclaimed Chicago native Rashid Johnson. Using his signature materials of white ceramic tile, red oak flooring, shea butter, black soap, and wax, Johnson examines themes of race, history, yearning, anxiety, and escape and investigates the relationship between art, society, and personal identity. Fourteen of the artist’s large-scale works will fill the Museum’s entire feature exhibition space; their impact is as monumental as their size.

Monday, June 12, 2017

CINCINNATI: NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY

The Predecessors
July 14 - October 1, 2017

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
44 East 6th Street
Cincinnati, OH

The Predecessors mines deep into Akunyili Crosby's past, collecting portraits of her Nigerian family in a range of domestic settings. This exhibition will unite this seminal series for the first time, bringing together individual pieces from London, Johannesburg, New York and Los Angeles to celebrate a formative body in an artist's rapidly emerging voice.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

NASHVILLE: WESLEY CLARK

The Prophet's Library
May 13 - July 8, 2017

TINNEY CONTEMPORARY
237 5th Avenue
Nashville, TN

From tinneycontemporary.com:

Wesley Clark's work focuses on the issues faced by African-Americans and the African diaspora. He explores race, politics, and history using various tactile materials. Clark describes The Prophet's Library as "a narratively driven collection of artifacts." His previous showing at Tinney Contemporary offered pieces made mostly from wood, but this new work experiments with resin sculpture, mixed media printmaking, and painting.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: EDMONIA LEWIS GRAVE RESTORATION

A GoFundMe campaign has been established to help with the restoration of Edmonia Lewis's gravesite in London, England.

Click here for details.

Friday, May 5, 2017

NEW YORK: WHITFIELD LOVELL

Whitfield Lovell: What's Past is Prologue, Early Works 1987-1998
May 4 - June 11, 2017

DC MOORE GALLERY
535 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

This exhibition is comprised of over thirty large- and medium- scale works on paper. It's the first time in several decades that such an extensive collection of Lovell's earliest body of work is on view. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

NEW YORK: NATHANIEL MARY QUINN

Nathaniel Mary Quinn: On That Faithful Day
May 2 - June 3, 2017

HALF GALLERY
43 East 78th Street
New York, NY

From halfgallery.com:

"Quinn's skill is such that his delicate hand records his visions as translated through media fragments, refracting the summation of the lives and experiences of those he portrays to immerse the viewer into his world." 

                                                                                                                        -- Kathleen Madden


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

NEW YORK: LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For a Cipher
May 3 - September 9, 2017

THE NEW MUSEUM
235 Bowery 
New York, NY

This exhibition debuts a new body of work by the British artist.


Monday, April 24, 2017

NEW YORK: ROBERT HODGE

Robert Hodge: Rhythm for the Suffering
April 29 - July 2, 2017

FREIGHT + VOLUME
97 Allen Street 
New York, NY

From Freight + Volume:

In the show, Hodge presents a new body of allusive multi-media work, probing themes of cultural identity and resilience within a framework of dynamically layered narratives and source materials. The theme of resilience underscores Rhythm for the Suffering, and his choice of texts, drawn primarily from song lyrics, resonates strongly with this idea, communicating a sense of energetic perseverance and optimism.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

CHICAGO: FIRELEI BÁEZ

Firelei Báez: Vessels of Genealogies
April 21 - August 6, 2017

DEPAUL ART MUSEUM
935 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL

From museums.depaul.edu: 

Firelei Báez is a Dominican-American artist whose large-scale paintings, drawings, and textiles evoke the beauty and political implications of hairstyles, textiles, and tattoos for those whose cultural identities have remained traditionally absent from dominant culture.

Báez explores her own divine being signifying a wide range of imagery that attests to the artist’s own hybrid racial background. The artist developed a style in her large-scale works that challenges a traditional linear art history; these works were influenced by a wide range of images from different cultures, including techniques from Persian miniature painting, studies on the female body and subjectivities, and science fiction. She is interested in reimagining her own origins, creating labor-intensive works that explore specific issues of landscape, womanhood, and race.

This solo exhibition is organized by the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University and curated by María Elena Ortiz, Associate Curator Pérez Art Museum Miami.