Antwaun Sargent’s Guide on How to Really Look at Art
April 26, 2021
Earlier this year, the critic, author, and curator was named a director at Gagosian, handing him a mandate to shake up the art world. Here, a primer on how he does it.
Kudzanai Chiurai is the artist calling for revolution in Zimbabwe
November 22, 2017
With incredible tableaux vivants, the African photographer is proposing new symbols for a post-colonial, Mugabe-free future.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Fictive Figures
May 15, 2017
British-Ghanaian painter and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s recently opened solo exhibition, “Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher,” at the New Museum features 17 large-scale, low-hanging canvases of fictional black figures. They are engaged in moments of absolute abandon, repose, and contemplation.
Hilton Als, Alice Neel, and the Faces of New York
March 16, 2017
The American essayist, curator, and artist Hilton Als is perhaps most concerned with New York and remembering her children.
January 13, 2017
Tonight at San Francisco Bay’s Pier 40, artist Constance Hockaday will commandeer a yacht in the name of art and awareness.
Arthur Jafa and the Future of Black Cinema
January 11, 2017
Cinematographer Arthur Jafa has made moving images that examine the interior lives of black Americans for the last 30 years.
Gabrielle Goliath’s Gunshot
November 30, 2016
In 2012, after learning that every six hours a woman in South Africa is killed by a current or former intimate partner, artist Gabrielle Goliath created Roulette, a simple participatory installation that takes the form of a dare.
Duro Olowu’s Third Time Around
June 17, 2016
British-Nigerian fashion designer and occasional curator Duro Olowu is celebrating the opening of the group exhibition “Making & Unmaking” at the Camden Arts Centre this Sunday.
Kerry James Marshall’s Mastry
April 22, 2016
For Kerry James Marshall, 20th century modernists and the Civil Rights Movement serve as recurring inspiration.
Mickalene Thomas on Muses, Models, and Mentors
March 9, 2016
In a new solo show opening today at the Aspen Art Museum, Mickalene Thomas turns to black celebrity women found in films and on the stage to explore the relationships of black sisterhood.
David Adjaye’s Art of Architecture
November 12, 2015
At age 49, David Adjaye is the architecture world’s rising star. In 15 years, he has completed nearly 50 projects around the globe and currently has a mid-career survey on view in Chicago.
Amanda Williams’ Color Theories
October 9, 2015
On Sunday morning, during the opening weekend of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, architect-turned-artist Amanda Williams assembled a group of volunteers to paint an abandoned house situated on a deserted block in Englewood.
Reimagining the Reclining Venus
September 18, 2015
“Awol Erizku: New Flower| Images of the Reclining Venus” is a compelling series of photographs depicting sex workers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as they mimick the poses of Olympias and Odalisques, infusing the art historical figures with new meaning.
July 15, 2015
For the past year, three emerging artists—Sadie Barnette, Lauren Halsey, and Eric Mack—have participated in a residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, which culminates this week with their group show “Everything, Everyday.”
Nick Cave Takes Detroit
June 22, 2015
Artist Nick Cave is embarking on a series of new performances and has a 7,000-square foot retrospective, “Here Hear,” at the museum of his alma mater, Cranbrook Academy of Art, just outside of Detroit.
Painting Outside of the Canvas
February 25, 2015
Continuing his desire to expand, or perhaps nullify, the boundaries of traditional painting formats, Eric Mack stitched together found, bought, and personal fabrics, frequently adding layers of paint, magazine images, and paper for his new exhibition at OHWOW.
Rashaad Newsome’s Sixth Conductor
December 5, 2014
Over the past ten years, Rashaad Newsome has compiled six installments of his project “The Conductor,” the most recent of which will debut tonight at Select Art Fair in Miami.