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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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Christine Chambers, 39, Dies; Her Photos Empowered Actors of Color | The New York Times

As a photographer and a playwright, she helped document the rise of a generation of theater artists who wanted to tell their own stories their own way. Christine Chambers, a photographer whose pictures of actors of color helped document the rise of a newly energized black theater movement that emerged in New York a decade ago, died on Dec. 4 in Manhattan. She was 39. Her sister, Essie Jane Chambers, said she died at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital from complications of a lung infection. She had also had lupus, a chronic disease of the immune system, since she was 12. In addition […]

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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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Collector Ronald Ollie to discuss major gift to SLAM and related exhibition | The St. Louis American

“We have five generations of abstract artists represented in this exhibition,” said Alexis Assam, 2018-2019 Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow and co-curator of “The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection” just ahead of the exhibition’s opening at Saint Louis Art Museum back in September. A tour led by Assam and exhibition co-curator Gretchen L. Wagner, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, provided scale for the massive gift that is the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection. More than 40 abstract paintings, drawings and prints by black artists take up three rooms within the Museum. The […]

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Baltimore Museum Of Art Will Only Acquire Works By Women | Forbes

The Baltimore Museum of Art has announced that in 2020, only artwork created by women will be added to its permanent collection. In a bold move to reduce the gender imbalance in the museum’s collection, every single piece acquired next year, whether through a purchase or donation, will have been created by a woman. Big ideas like this one are exactly what we need if we expect to eliminate gender bias any time soon. Museum director Christopher Bedford announced the policy telling The Baltimore Sun, “To rectify centuries of imbalance, you have to do something radical.” And centuries of imbalance […]

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