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He Photographed Ferguson. Now Adrian Walker is in The National Portrait Gallery | Riverfront Times

The exhibition has deep roots for Adrian, yet the idea was first inspired by a series of coincidences. A friend recommended that Adrian shoot product photos for OJI Royale in Los Angeles, which makes designer and luxury durags. “That’s what I was set to do, but I try to tell stories within all of my work in some shape or form, and it kind of came out that way,” Adrian says. “When I got the negatives back and I started really paying attention to the film, I felt that there was a story there.” “I was looking to depict photos […]

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Meet 5 Black Women Who Are Making A Splash In The Art World | Essence

Those paintings by Black artists that we see hanging in a gallery or major museum didn’t get there by happenstance. When it comes to the business of art, strong representation is essential for the creatives behind the works we consume. The talents first had to be discovered by someone with a reasonable amount of power, someone who could wholly support them. From museum curators to gallery owners and directors, here are some of the women responsible for getting Black art in front of mainstream eyes. JOEONNA BELLORADO-SAMUELS DIRECTOR JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY NEW YORK CITY What does your position entail? As […]

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Dean’s List: Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys Focus on Collecting African-American Art | Art News

In May 2018, in a buzzing salesroom at Sotheby’s New York, the hammer fell on Kerry James Marshall’s Past Times (1997), a sprawling masterpiece that surveys a contemporary pastoral scene in which black figures are seen picnicking, boating, golfing, and playing croquet. Not long after, the price—$21.1 million, the highest figure for a work by a living African-American artist at auction—set off a fierce debate. Were black artists suddenly too trendy and recent rises in attention an overcorrection for generations of discrimination and racism in the art world? Could the handsome sum shelled out by the buyer, music mogul Sean […]

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The Black Artists You Should Know at Basel | Paper Mag

The art world’s annual December pilgrimage to Miami for Art Basel is currently underway. The glamorous mega fair and the more than two dozen satellite fairs that exist in its orbit draw tens of thousands of attendees each year. Some go to schmooze, some go to buy, and everyone arrives ready to party. So who’s invited? Most of Art Basel Miami Beach takes place in a convention center a few blocks from the ocean. Million dollar paintings are sold by blue chip galleries, and over the years the event has expanded to include emerging artists from mid-tier galleries. Other shifts […]

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New exhibit chronicling iconic black women opens at Seattle museum | KOMO News

SEATTLE — A new exhibit chronicling iconic black women debuts Friday at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle. Seattle artist Hiawatha D. calls his new exhibit ‘Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman’. KOMO News cameras were given a sneak peek inside the gallery before many of the paintings were hung to learn more about how the collection came about. Hiawatha says the series, particularly its title, was inspired by the 1851 well-known speech and rebuke ‘Ain’t I a Woman’ by abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Northwest African American Museum The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) serves to present and preserve […]

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A recently found Ben Enwonwu painting has sold at seven times its valuation for $1.4 million | Quartz Africa

When a man found the almost forgotten portrait of his mother in their family house in Texas, he had no idea just how life-changing his discovery would be. The portrait, Christine, was by one of the most revered African artists of the 20th century, Ben Enwonwu. The captivating sitter was Christine Elizabeth Davis, an American hair stylist of West Indian descent. The painting was completed in under a week as Christine was able to hold her pose for as long as needed. Christine, who was in her mid-30s at the time, passed away in Texas thereafter. But the painting remained […]

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5 & 3/4 Questions: Erin Robinson | Adobe

Erin Robinson (Brooklyn Dolly) Curent Residence: New York & Washington, D.C. Country of Origin: United States Instagram: @brooklyndolly Etsy Etsy.com/shop/brooklyndolly Describe yourself and your work. I am in my head a lot…a perpetual daydreamer of sorts. It’s quite a high when I get truly inspired. My mind goes into overdrive, and I can barely physically keep up! I tend to scribble numerous miscellaneous thoughts on Post-its and on my left hand. My work, I usually describe as sometimes hauntingly beautiful, bold, graphic, vibrant, textured, and always magical. As a woman of color, I also like to illustrate women that represent […]

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Chicago Nonprofit Will Award $900,000 to Artists of Color | Artforum.com

Artforum.com, Artforum.com Jeffreen M. Hayes. Photo: Milo Bosh. Featured Image hreewalls, a cultural nonprofit that supports visual artists in Chicago, has announced that it will award $900,000 to artists who identify as African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, or Native American (ALAANA). The organization will grant $300,000 per year for the next three years to artists of color as well as nonprofits that “demonstrate alternative ways towards racial equity through the lens of radical imagination and social justice.” The new initiative was launched after Threewalls received $1.2 million from the Surdna Foundation. The funds will also enable the organization to expand its […]

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