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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DANIELLE MCKINNEY ARTIST

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present Midnight Oil, an exhibition of new paintings by Danielle Mckinney shown on the second floor of the gallery’s Aspen location from June 24 – July 25, 2021. The works on view capture profoundly contemplative scenes with engaging and expressive energy, highlighting the artist’s intuitive observation of human life and […]

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TRIBECA EXHIBITION

Ortuzar Projects is pleased to present You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby, a historical group exhibition that revisits the Sapphire Show, the first survey of African American women artists in Los Angeles and, likely, the United States. This collaborative project was staged over the July Fourth weekend in 1970 at Gallery 32, the experimental space run by Suzanne Jackson […]

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NEW EXHIBITION — SENGA NENGUDI: TOPOLOGIES

Situated at the intersection of sculpture and performance, Senga Nengudi’s provocative works reimagine the possibilities for abstract art through an exploration of both the Black female body and the collective practices of community and ritual. A leader of the 1970s Black American avant-garde, Nengudi has built a powerful and innovative body of work rooted in […]

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LIGHT OF FREEDOM

Light of Freedom is a thirteen-foot-tall reference to the torch and flame of the Statue of Liberty. The statue’s hand and torch were on view in Madison Square Park from 1876 to 1882 as a nineteenth-century-style marketing event intended to rouse excitement and gather funds to complete the statue in France before it was installed […]

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Brand New Heavies

Brand New Heavies, an exhibition curated by Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas—collectively known as Deux Femmes Noires, brings together monumental work by Abigail DeVille, Xaviera Simmons, and Rosa-Johan Uddoh. Each artist has produced a new, site-specific installation that combines video, sculpture, and architecture, and comprises natural, industrial, and found materials. DeVille has created a 20-foot […]

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Annan Affotey and his ‘Red Eye’ Paintings

  Annan Affotey was born in 1985 in Accra, Ghana. After graduating from Ghanatta College of Art and Design winning Best Student of Still Life, Best Imagination and Composition, and Best Abstract Drawing awards, Annan joined the Revolution Art Organization and displayed his work in several group and solo exhibitions in Accra.  In 2013, Annan […]

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Daniel Lind Ramos from Puerto Rico

DANIEL LIND-RAMOS was born in Loíza, Puerto Rico (May 21st, 1953). He studied at the University of Puerto Rico: BA. (1975), New York University: MA. (1979) In 1989 he received the Arana Scholarship where he attended to Antonio Segui’s Studio in the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, France (1989). Painter and assemblage sculptor, at present, […]

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Nigerian artist Uchay Joel Chima

“I enjoy spending quiet moments observing nature and my environment, exploring shapes, colours and designs.” Since graduating from the Art School of the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria in 1997, Uchay Joel Chima’s artwork has continued to evolve, remaining relevant to developments in contemporary art. Weaving a tapestry of memory, imagination, societal happenings […]

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Artist Tavares Strachan from the Bahamas

Tavares Strachan’s artistic practice activates the intersections of art, science, and politics, offering uniquely synthesized points of view on the cultural dynamics of scientific knowledge.  Aeronautics, astronomy, deep-sea exploration, and extreme climatology are but some of the thematic arenas out of which Strachan creates monumental allegories that tell of cultural displacement, human aspiration, and mortal […]

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CONTEMPORARY ARTIST OMAR BA

Omar Ba is a contemporary Senegalese artist known for his mixed media paintings which fuse figurative and decorative motifs. Ba’s surreal scenes of violence and fantasy investigate despotic warlords of the present, traditional folklore, colonial oppression, and the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. The artist has said that his work is meant to tell narratives that […]

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Christine Nofchissey McHorse Navajo Ceramist Artist

McHorse’s mysterious works  called to mind the shapes of Brancusi. She died of the coronavirus at age 72. Born in Morenci, AZ, in 1948, Christine Nofchissey McHorse is a first generation, full-blooded Navajo ceramic artist. After marrying Joel McHorse, a Taos Pueblo Indian, she learned to make pots through his grandmother, Lena Archuleta, who taught […]

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All News Works by Deborah Roberts

  The first solo Texas museum exhibition by Austin-based artist Deborah Roberts, featuring all new works. Deborah Roberts (American, born 1962 in Austin, Texas) critiques notions of beauty, the body, race, and identity in contemporary society through the lens of Black children. Her first solo museum presentation in Texas, I’m, is part of The Contemporary […]

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Mildred Thompson

Mildred Thompson was born in 1936 in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Art degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1957 under the tutelage and mentorship of pioneering African American art historian James Porter. Thompson also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine (1956), earned a Max Beckmann Scholarship […]

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Henry Taylor debuts in UK

Henry Taylor culls his cultural landscape at a vigorous pace, creating a language entirely his own from archival and immediate imagery, disparate material and memory. Through a process he describes as ‘hunting and gathering,’ Taylor transports us into imagined realities that interrogate the breadth of the human condition, social movements and political structures. For his […]

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PERUVIAN ARTIST TERESA BRUGA DIES

A pioneering figure in Latin American Conceptualism, Teresa Burga (b.1935, Iquitos, Peru – d.2021, Lima, Peru) made works that encompassed drawing, painting, sculpture, and conceptual structures that supported the display of analytical data and experimental methodologies. Born in Iquitos, Peru in 1935, Burga studied at the School of Art Catholic University of Peru in Lima and contributed […]

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CARIBBEAN ARTIST YERMINE RICHARDSON

  He is primarily inspired and motivated by his experience growing up in the Caribbean, where he used to play in the darkness and look up at the surreal sky full of stars. Yermine Richardson is a Caribbean multi-disciplinary artist creating artworks which encapsulate and honor Caribbean cultures and aesthetics. His artworks display traditional symbols […]

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT MARTHA JACKSON JARVIS

Martha Jackson Jarvis was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1952. She spent her early childhood in the south and moved to Philadelphia when she was thirteen. Jackson Jarvis studied her freshman year at Howard University where she benefited from the influence of artists such as Elizabeth Catlett and Lois Mailou Jones but later transferred to Tyler […]

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GORDON PARKS: HALF AND THE WHOLE

Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce Gordon Parks: Half and the Whole, on view at both gallery locations. As a photographer, film director, composer, and writer, Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was a visionary artist whose work continues to influence American culture to this day. In collaboration with the Gordon Parks Foundation, this two-part exhibition featuring […]

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BASKET CASE II

  ARTISTS Ifeoma Anyaeji, Delaine Le Bas, Alexandra Bircken, matali crasset, Tapfuma Gutsa, Sebastian Herkner, Michel Paysant, including collaborations with Eric Gauss and Justin Langlands. WEAVING COMMUNITIES Binga Craft Centre, Bulawayo Home Industries, Lupane Women’s Centre, Zienzele Foundation, STEP Trust CURATORS Raphael Chikukwa, Chief Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Christine Eyene, Guild Research Fellow in Contemporary […]

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JOHN OUTTERBRIDGE ASSEMBLAGE ARTIST

  John Outterbridge, a sculptor who made the stuff of everyday life his medium, crafting found objects into assemblages imbued with history, has died at 87, according to New York’s Tilton Gallery, which represents him. No cause of death was given. Outterbridge’s sculptures often feature objects scavenged from the streets of Los Angeles’s South Central […]

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MEET LARRY ACHIAMPONG

Larry Achiampong’s solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity.  With works that examine his communal and personal heritage – in particular, the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position, Achiampong crate-digs the vaults of history. These investigations examine […]

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ONE MONTH AFTER BEING KNOWN IN THAT ISLAND

‘One Month after Being Known in that Island’ is the inaugural exhibition of the Basel H. Geiger Cultural Foundation’s new permanent space. Commissioned by the Caribbean Art Initiative and curated by Yina Jiménez Suriel and Pablo Guardiola, the show brings together paintings, drawings, films, audio works and installations by 11 artists hailing from Aruba, Colombia, […]

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CLOUD HOUSE — PUBLIC ART FOCUS

A MEDITATIVE, SELF-CONTAINED ECOSYSTEM Cloud House’s simple re-creation of the water cycle illustrates our dependence on such systems, and its interior space is designed to encourage reflection on our connection with food and weather and our ability to address climate stability. In Farmers Park—Springfield, Missouri’s largest farmer’s market—a permanent, fluffy-looking white cloud made of resin […]

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New Program

Covid 19 revealed that many Americans wanted to connect more with nature, people, and meaningful activities. For years, the arts community has been trying to engage the public. It wasn’t until we lost those connections that people rallied to save them. The West Harlem Art Fund is developing two Public Program Fellowships to create programs […]

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BIPOC AS CERAMISTS

Kevin Snipes was born in Philadelphia, but grew up mostly in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. After leaving grad school at the University of Florida in 2003 Kevin has led a seemingly nomadic artistic life, constantly making making no matter where he […]

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT COLLINS OBIJIAKU

Collins Obijiaku is a young, up-and-coming artist from Kaduna, Nigeria. His work is a celebration of blackness through elegantly constructed portraits. Gazing at his paintings is to be transported into a world where black people exist for themselves, innately elegant and unfazed by the world and its never-ending problems. There is an affective connection between […]

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WHO IS GIO SWABY?

My work revolves around an exploration of identity, more specifically, the intersections of Blackness and womanhood. I am interested in the ways in which this physical identity can serve as a positive force of connection and closeness, while also examining its imposed relationship to otherness. Giovanna Swaby is a Bahamian artist, currently based in Vancouver. She […]

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NICK CAVE UNTIL

  Nick Cave: Until was curated by Denise Markonish, MASS MoCA and organized for the Momentary by Lauren Haynes. The exhibition was organized by MASS MoCA and co-produced with Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Principal exhibition support was provided by an anonymous gift. Major exhibition support was provided by the […]

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CITY OF WATER DAY INSTALLATION

New York, NY… The West Harlem Art Fund is proud to present for City of Water Day, Brooklyn-based floral designer Joshua Werber. Werber will “flower bomb” an outdoor sculptural work adjoining Building 10B on Governors Island in Nolan Park. Joshua Werber’s installation “Goals are Fluid” is a site specific reaction to, and a collaboration with, […]

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GET TO KNOW NELSON MAKAMO

  Artist Nelson Makamo, born in 1982, is best known for his portraits of children from his native country of South Africa. He was born with a natural artistic talent that took him to Artist Proof Studios in Johannesburg to study print making. Makamo’s most distinguished exhibition to date was the 2006 Ten Years of Printmaking: […]

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ADAM PENDLETON

I think language that stands it’s ground is ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Adam Pendleton (born 1984, Richmond, Virginia) is an American conceptual artist known for his multi-disciplinary practice, involving painting, silkscreen, collage, video and performance. His work often involves the investigation of language and the recontextualization of history through appropriated imagery. His art has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the New Museum, and other shows internationally, including La Triennale […]

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