Black Potters from Old Edgefield South Carolina

The landmark exhibition Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina opened at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 9, 2022. Focusing on the work of African American potters in the19th-century American South, in dialogue with contemporary artistic responses, the exhibition presents approximately 50 ceramic objects from Old Edgefield District, South […]

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Black Textile Art

  Established as a way to promote textile awareness and encourage creativity, New York Textile Week celebrates its seventh edition this fall. According to Lidewij Edelkoort, founder of New York Textile Month “the world of art and design is confronted with a debilitating lack of knowledge concerning textiles. Architects, artists and industrial designers as well […]

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Colorado artist Floyd D. Tunson

  Tunson uses what is in and around him for inspiration: comics, news stories, memories, the natural world, and technology. “The work is just continuous with my life,” he said. But also at his core is a deep reverence for learning and exploration. He taught art at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs for 30 […]

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PR$DNT HONEY

All of the women that Nemakhavhani portrays are bold and defiant—certainly not afraid to occupy a public space. From textile, art direction, illustration and photography, Rendani Nemakhavhani has been stunning us with her sensibility and style. Her illustrations and textiles are remarkable, orginal and punch you with flavor. For years, we have witnessed her portfolio […]

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History of Art on Paper

Paper and the pulp-making process is said to have developed in China in the 2nd century A.D. Before that, the Chinese produced ink drawings and paintings on silk. The process of making paper spread from China, through the Middle East, and into Europe by the 13th century. Some of the most beautiful examples of drawing […]

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Barbara Jones-Hogu Printmaker

  Barbara Jones-Hogu (born Chicago, IL 1938–died Chicago Heights, IL 2017) Painter and printmaker Barbara Jones-Hogu was a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), an artist collective formed in Chicago in 1968. Members of AfriCOBRA visually expressed the central ideas of the Black Power movement—self-determination, unity, and black pride. The group shared […]

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John Muafangejo — Naimbian Printmaker

Although he produced a number of tapestries and paintings while at Rorke’s Drift, Muafangejo is known almost entirely as a printmaker; his linocuts are also particularly well known. In this respect, Azaria Mbatha (qv.), who favoured the medium, influenced Muafangejo as did many other artists who studied at Rorke’s Drift. In addition, the relative inexpensiveness […]

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Deborah Roberts in London

This new body of work investigates the challenges encountered by Black children as they strive to build their identity. The exhibition brings together paintings featuring both black and white backgrounds, including some of the largest works the artist has ever made. Roberts celebrates the figures’ individuality by placing them in stark monochromatic spaces. Simultaneously powerful […]

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Contemporary artist Barbara Earl Thomas

Barbara Earl Thomas is a Seattle-based award-winning writer and visual artist with a career that spans more than 30 years. Her far-ranging exhibits include The Savannah Contemporary Art Museum and the Seattle and Tacoma Art Museums with solo exhibits at the Meadows Museum in Shreveport, Louisiana and the Evansville Museum of Art and Technology in […]

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Artist Johnson Ocheja

Johnson Ocheja, born 1994 in Kogi, Nigeria.  He currently lives in Cross-River State, Nigeria. He graduated from Kogi State University with a bachelor’s degree in statistics. He is a self-taught artist inspired – as he says – “by my environment, the beautiful and colourful people around me and some of the historical stories I was […]

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NANETTE CARTER: SHAPE SHIFTING

  Berry Campbell is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of work by Nanette Carter (b. 1954) since announcing representation in 2021.  Nanette Carter creates collages, constructions, and installations that recall the lineage of African American quilt-making, while drawing on jazz, Japanese prints, Russian Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism, and other sources. She describes herself as […]

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Peter Uka 1st solo show in NYC

Peter Uka: Remembrance is the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York, NY. Born in 1975 in Nigeria’s Benue State and based in Cologne, Germany, Uka paints large-scale portraits and group scenes that draw inspiration from childhood memories, including 70s-era fashion and hairstyles, wallpaper patterns, and dance moves. Elucidating the richness and joyfulness in both […]

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SAY THEIR NAMES

Below are the names of Black entertainers that lived in a three block radius in Central Harlem now a historic district. This shows that talent was in abundance in our community. These names are now forgotten. Let’s bring them back by saying their names. It’s quite a list. 1920 Census West 130th Street Brown, Alfred […]

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Terry Adkins at Paula Cooper Gallery

Paula Cooper Gallery is presenting the first all-encompassing exhibition of work by Terry Adkins since announcing representation of the estate in 2021. The exhibition spans three decades of the artist’s career and includes sculpture and video. Beginning in the early 1980s, Adkins produced enigmatic sculpture from salvaged materials imbued with social and historical significance by […]

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STAN SQUIREWELL IN HARLEM

I am examining the relativity of global indigenous geometric patterns, specifically West African Kente schema, as a possible progenitor of modern digital cultures. I see overwhelming similarities in basic constructions and designs of computer processing chips and video games to the geometrical weave of the cloth. The vividly bold colors, precise hard lines, sequential rhythms […]

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Harriet Powers

Yesterday was National Quilting Day. And a person that needs a spotlight in the African American community is Harriet Powers. Considered the mother of the African American story quilt tradition, Harriet Powers (1837–1910) was well known when she made these works of art. Born into slavery in Madison County, Georgia, Harriet Powers married her husband Armistead […]

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Noni Olabisi

On this International Women’s Day, we share that revolutionary artist Noni Olabisi has died. She has created powerful murals in Los Angeles for decades. Noni Olabisi was an artist and muralist with over 25 years experience, receiving many awards in recognition of her talents. Noni was a winner of the coveted California Community Foundation Visual Artist […]

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Madness in March

  Barkley Hendricks, the late-revolutionary artist known the world over for his bold and captivating portrait paintings, is getting several posthumous exhibitions and a book in the near future. Having started in the 1960s, Hendricks life-size canvases depicted colorful portraits of Black Americans in a way that faithfully reflected the personalities of his subjects. Similar […]

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Rising Ghana

  Featuring Annan Affotey, Aplerh-Doku Borlabi, Lord Ohene Okyerebour, Adjei Tawiah and Crystal Yayra Anthony, exhibition 18 (Rising Ghana) is a group presentation of five key emerging contemporary artists. Telling a story of self-expression and community driven support that extends out of Ghanaian domesticity and onto the world stage—the names in this exhibition were brought together in collaboration with […]

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Project Backboard

  Project Backboard is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to renovate public basketball courts and install large scale works of art on the surface in order to strengthen communities, improve park safety, encourage multi-generational play, and inspire people to think more critically and creatively about their environment. St. Nicholas Park, Harlem This basketball court […]

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Philly’s Picture-Taking Man John W. Mosley

John W. Mosley was a self-taught photojournalist who extensively documented the everyday activities of the African-American community in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for more than 30 years, a period including both World War II and the civil rights movement. His work was published widely in newspapers and magazines including The Philadelphia Tribune, Pittsburgh Courier, and Jet magazine. Mosley […]

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Who is Hugh Hayden?

  Hugh Hayden’s practice considers the anthropomorphization of the natural world as a visceral lens for exploring the human condition. Hayden transforms familiar objects through a process of selection, carving and juxtaposition to challenge our perceptions of ourselves, others and the environment. Raised in Texas and trained as an architect, his work arises from a […]

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Urban Art taken to a HIGHER GROUND

Meet this amazing graphic artist! His collage style is breathtaking. Prince George’s County, MD Graphic Artist Broadie fell in love with art when he was a child in elementary school. The moment his teacher gave him a pair of scissors to start cutting shapes, he knew he wanted to create. He still remembers using cotton […]

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Aksiniya Misyuta British Artist

Employing techniques from different fields, Aksiniya Misyuta veers between figurative and abstract imagery, though avoiding depictions executed in pure abstraction. Often rendered with cubist attributes, the emerging artist‘s works are characterized by a geometrically stylized approach that conveys magnetism submerged in a dystopian environment. Without clear facial features, her obscure figures become articulate with the […]

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Tunji Adeniyi-Jones

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones’s paintings emerge from a perspective of what the artist describes as ‘cultural addition, combination and collaboration’. Born and educated in the UK and now living and working in the USA, his practice is inspired by the ancient history of West Africa and its attendant mythology, and by his Yoruba heritage. Often beginning with […]

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Lunga Ntila FEMINIST ARTIST

My feminism looks like freedom; it is opinionated and unapologetic — Lung Ntali LUNGA NTALI emphasises intersectionality, sexuality and femininity as important foundations regarding her storytelling and work. At her core, she is a truthful artist who encourages difficult but necessary conversations that speak to marginalized people. She manages to tackle subjects that attempt to […]

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Meet Ekene Maduka

Ekene Emeka-Maduka, born 1996, was raised in Kano, Nigeria, before moving to Canada as a student. She now lives and works in Winnipeg. Ekene’s practice is an on going study of the “self”. It is an exploration of individuality and self-representation that translates her experiences to viewers who may or may not be familiar with […]

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Radcliffe Bailey–Ascents and Echoes

Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to present Ascents and Echoes, an exhibition of new work by Radcliffe Bailey at our 513 West 20th Street and 524 West 24th Street locations. While continuing Bailey’s exploration of the coalescence of time, history, and collective memory, this body of work marks a departure from figurative photographic source imagery and a foray into […]

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Stanley Whitney’s NYC Show

Lisson Gallery is pleased to present TwentyTwenty, an exhibition of new paintings by Stanley Whitney created over the past year. Color continues to galvanize Whitney’s compositions, each block of pigment dictated by its relationship to the one before it. The artist’s ninth solo exhibition with the gallery advances his exploration of color, and features a […]

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Diane Simpson American Sculptor

Diane Simpson , born 1935, is a Chicago-based artist who for the past forty years has created sculptures and preparatory drawings that evolve from a diverse range of sources, including clothing, utilitarian objects, and architecture. The structures of clothing forms has continuously informed her work, serving as a vehicle for exploring their visually formal qualities, […]

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New Light: Encounters and Connections

New  Light: Encounters and Connections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), brings more than 60 works of art from across the collection—including 23 newly acquired contemporary pieces—into thought-provoking dialogue. Organized into 21“conversations,” the exhibition juxtaposes each contemporary work with one or two rarely seen objects acquired earlier in the Museum’s history. The latest […]

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West Harlem Art Fund kicks off the fall season with an all female exhibition & public mural where NATURE MATTERS

 Elements presented by the West Harlem Art Fund is a multi-disciplinary exhibition, that features an international roster of women artists in their exhibition space (NP/10) on Governors Island, beginning September 10th. Also featured is Floral Love Project, a participatory mural led by veteran artist Kraig Blue from September 10th through 12th, and the outdoor sculptural […]

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Looking at Meschac Gaba

Meschac Gaba (born 1961) is a Beninese conceptual artist based in Rotterdam and Cotonou. His installations of everyday objects whimsically juxtapose African and Western cultural identities and commerce. He is best known for The Museum of Contemporary African Art 1997–2002, an autobiographical 12-room installation acquired and displayed by the Tate Modern in 2013. He has […]

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Remembering HUNG LIU

  Hung Liu (刘虹) (February 17, 1948 – August 7, 2021) Hung Liu was born in Changchun, China in 1948, growing up during the Maoist regime. Initially trained in the Socialist Realist style, Liu studied mural painting as a graduate student at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, before immigrating to the US […]

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MEET SELLY RABY KANE

Selly Raby Kane is a renowned Senegalese fashion designer and artist involved in Africa’s booming art and design movement. Kane is an interesting case study to grasp fashion’s involvement in Africa’s current debate surrounding identity and empowerment through innovation. This article discusses Kane’s designs in light of her contribution not only to contemporary approaches to […]

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Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking

Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking  at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum celebrates both the artist and the democratic and diverse creative community he developed. Born of Jamaican immigrants and raised in Harlem, Blackburn was an innovative printmaker and influential teacher. Blackburn explored avant-garde ideas while promoting a new collaborative approach to printmaking. The […]

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