HE PROVED THEM WRONG — EDWARD MITCHELL BANNISTER

Edward Mitchell Bannister’s determination to become a successful artist was largely fueled by an inflammatory article he read in the New York Herald in 1867, that stated “the Negro seems to have an appreciation for art while being manifestly unable to produce it.” Ironically, less than a decade later, in 1876, Bannister was the first African-American artist […]

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A NEW DECADE

The West Harlem Art Fund will turn 22 years old on January 1, 2020. A double digit year like 2020. Number 4 resonates with the vibrations and energies of practicality, organization and exactitude, service, patience, devotion, application, pragmatism, patriotism, dignity, trust, worthiness, endurance, loyalty, mastery, building solid foundations, conservatism, determination, production and hard work.  Number […]

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JOHN DOWELL– PHOTO EXHIBITION ON COTTON

Laurence Miller Gallery presents the New York City debut of John Dowell’s COTTON: Symbol of the Forgotten. Dowell blends a unique mixture of spiritualism, historical awareness, racial angst and deft technique to create photographic works that inspire the viewer to recognize the injustices imposed upon the black community, especially in New York, over the past 400 […]

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TXEMA YESTE: SOLO EXHIBITION

Staley-Wise Gallery presents the photographs of Txema Yeste in his first solo exhibition. Yeste began his career as a photojournalist and has maintained a long-time commitment to photographing vibrant traditional Spanish costume. Both influences are reflected in his fashion photographs. This exhibition provides a glimpse into a world of powerful and sophisticated figures with strong […]

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MFA launches new ‘Banner Project’

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), unveils a new installation by Robert Pruitt (born 1975), inaugurating a new series of annual commissions that engages artists to create large-scale banners to be hung from the glass ceiling of the I. M. Pei-designed Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. Born in Houston and based in New […]

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IN MEMORIAM — JOE OVERSTREET

            My paintings don’t let the onlooker glance over them, but rather take them deeply into them and let them out—many times by differ­ent routes,” the artist Joe Overstreet once said, describing viewing experiences that can be variously harrowing and exhilarating. “These trips are taken sometimes subtly and sometimes suddenly.” […]

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DERRICK ADAMS AT MARY BOONE

Mary Boone Gallery on Fifth Avenue presents New Icons, an exhibition of new paintings by DERRICK ADAMS before the gallery closes. New Icons is a series of large-scale, vivid and minimal oil paintings created through a combined process of CNC machined painting and the artist’s hand. Multiple thin layers of oil paint create each image […]

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NEWS WORKS BY DERRICK ADAMS

  Luxembourg & Dayan based in the Upper East Side is pleased to announce Interior Life, an exhibition of new works by artist Derrick Adams, curated by Francesco Bonami. Inspired by a tenet of Catholic theology that describes “a life which seeks God in every- thing,” Interior Life is a mediation on the intimate spaces […]

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PALMER C. HAYDEN

Palmer Hayden, Harlem Renaissance artist and beyond Palmer Hayden’s birth was on November 9th 1890. He was an African American painter whose work became known during the Harlem Renaissance. Born Peyton Cole Hedgeman in Wide Water, Virginia, he was a prolific artist of his era. He depicted African American life, painting in both oils and […]

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CONGO TALES

Filled with vibrant images that highlight the area’s magnificent flora and fauna, this photographic project, which was three years in the planning and execution, offers an exciting opportunity to learn about nature and the environment and it delivers an optimistic message about trust, cooperation, and conservation for the next generation of policy makers. “Congo Tales,” […]

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CHARLES WHITE AT MoMA

“ART MUST BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE STRUGGLE” “It can’t simply mirror what’s taking place. … It must ally itself with the forces of liberation.” Over the course of his four-decade career, White’s commitment to creating powerful images of African Americans—what his gallerist and, later, White himself described as “images of dignity”—was unwavering. Using […]

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FOR OPACITY

  Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn will be the first museum exhibition for Burgher and Quinn and follows on the heels of Ojih Odutola’s successful 2017 New York debut at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In the case of each artist, older drawings will be placed alongside work created expressly […]

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SOLO EXHIBITION BY SIMONE LEIGH AT LUHRING AUGUSTINE IN CHELSEA

Luhring Augustine is pleased to present recent sculptures and a new video work by Simone Leigh, marking her first solo exhibition with the gallery. Leigh’s practice is an object-based exploration of vernacular visual traditions from throughout the black diaspora and their intersection with constructions of black female subjectivity, black feminist discourse, histories of radical resistance, […]

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT — FABIOLA JEAN-LOUIS

The West Harlem Art Fund is  pleased to spotlight NYC artist Fabiola Jean-Louis and her Rewriting History Series. These photographs, where the subjects are women of color dressed in European period fashion, are beautifully staged. Embedded in each works are important messages that share a broader narrative. This artist series embodies more than just photographs […]

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