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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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Kara Walker made a portrait of Toni Morrison for the cover of The New Yorker. | Artsy

Benjamin Sutton, Artsy artist Kara Walker has created an instantly iconic portrait of the recently deceased author Toni Morrison for the cover of The New Yorker magazine. The portrait, shared by the magazine on Instagram and reposted by Walker, features a closeup of Morrison’s head. The artwork is rendered in Walker’s distinctive, high-contrast, cut paper silhouette style, with dramatically swirling hair that curls toward Morrison’s mouth. The artwork will appear on the cover of the magazine’s August 19th issue. CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, Artsy

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[Video] Collector Dr. Joy Simmons Takes Us Inside Her Art-Filled L.A. Home | The Cut

Wendy Goodman, Carmen Hilbert, Samantha Lee, The Cut Image Credit, The Cut. Featured Image r. Joy Simmons set out in 1992 to design an art-filled home in L.A. in which to raise her two young daughters. She was a practicing radiologist and an art collector, who today has amassed one of the most important collections of African-American art in the country. Joy’s house reflects her passion for her family, art, and her love of life. CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, The Cut

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Sculptor Augusta Savage Said Her Legacy Was The Work Of Her Students | NPR

Brigit Katz, NPR Augusta Savage was an artist, educator, activist and community leader. Her work is the focus of an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, organized by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. She’s pictured above with her 1938 sculpture Realization. New-York Historical Society. Featured Image Augusta Savage once said: “I was a Leap Year baby, and it seems to me that I have been leaping ever since.” Born on Feb. 29, 1892, Savage leapt from the Jim Crow South to public attention in the Harlem Renaissance, but is little known today. Now, her work is the focus […]

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Amy Sherald, who painted Michelle Obama’s portrait, designs a mural that turns a Philly teen into her own inspiration | Elizabeth Wellington | The Philadelphia Inquirer

Elizabeth Wellington, The Philadelphia Inquirer Arthur Haywood works to install a mural by Amy Sherald, the woman who painted the portrait of Michelle Obama for the Smithsonian, at 1109 Sansom in Center City Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The girl in the mural, Najee Spencer-Young, is from North Philly. HEATHER KHALIFA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER. Featured Image Sherald is best-known for her serene rendering of former first lady Michelle Obama, which now lives in the National Portrait Gallery. But the truth of the matter is, Sherald is a giantess in the persnickety world of modern art because of the unique […]

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