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African American Artists

American Royalty: It's Not What You Think

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 03.11.2016 | Arts
Harriet Heydemann

For a moment in time, he takes his subjects out of the reality of their lives and elevates them from the ordinary to the majestic, from people with no power to people of nobility, from anonymous to celebrated.

This Powerful 'Black Odyssey' Blends Greek Myth And Modern Harlem

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.14.2014 | Arts

If you happen to be studying at New York's Columbia University this fall you, like many other students around the world, will be assigned to read Home...

Reinserting Black Women Into Art History

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 09.05.2014 | Arts

This post originally appeared on Slate. By Aisha Harris When it comes to visual art, I’m far from a connoisseur. I’m much more of a dabb...

11 African American Artists Who Shaped The Civil Rights Movement

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts

In the 1960s and 1970s the American nation was forever changed as the demand for civil rights inspired protest, unity and radical action. As with many...

10 Of The Most Influential Black Artists Today

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.22.2014 | Arts

Last week Yams, a collective of 38 mostly black and queer artists, withdrew their piece from the Whitney Biennial in protest of "Donelle Woolford," an...

13 Of The Most Influential Black Artists Today

Posted 09.27.2013 | Arts

The following artists address race in a variety of ways through their work -- some spark a dialogue in relation to the artistic cannon, others with ge...

Black To The Future

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.28.2013 | Arts

We know it doesn't open until November, but we can no longer contain our excitement for "The Shadows Took Shape," the interdisciplinary, Afrofuturist ...

The Art Of Being African-American | Posted 06.10.2013 | Black Voices

What does it mean to be a contemporary artist and an African-American today? What does it mean to ask such questions in Milwaukee in 2013? These ar...

'I Don't Need To Be A Black Role Model For The Art World'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.04.2013 | Arts

Editor's Note: The following interview contains explicit language that some readers might find offensive. "Sometimes I'll have dinner with the coll...

30 Black Artists Under 40 You Should Know

Posted 02.26.2013 | Arts

As Black History Month comes to a close, we've picked 30 young black artists who are contributing to the ongoing conversation of race and representati...

Another "First" in Artistic Achievement: Director Peter Ramsey

Pamela Mays McDonald | Posted 12.24.2012 | Black Voices
Pamela Mays McDonald

If any young black artist shares the same dream, they can look to Peter Ramsey's example and know that yes, it is possible to achieve.

LOOK: 44 Artists' Visions Of Obama

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.17.2012 | Detroit

Though they started out blank, the 44 busts of President Barack Obama in the gallery of a Detroit museum are now a wild array of color, pattern and st...

Primary Colors: Njideka Akunyili

Arise Magazine | Posted 10.24.2012 | Arts
Arise Magazine

Nigerian born, U.S.-based artist Njideka Akunyili is fast becoming the art world's newest star. Rumor has it that major collectors and museums are now vying for the works on show.

The Faithful Shopper: Mad for Museums, Part II

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 09.25.2012 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Here are more of my favorite places to find unique gifts, home décor and more, at some of the unique and amazing sites in New York City.

Ripping Tradition To Shreds

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.02.2012 | Arts

Titus Kaphar's paintings reveal the materiality and instability of history and the artistic canon, showing that the past is never safe from the presen...

Power And Elegance

Posted 05.14.2012 | Arts

"Economy of Grace," Kehinde Wiley's new exhibition at Sean Kelly Gallery, taps into his familiar ornate portraits that mix Renaissance pomp and contem...

From The Cotton Fields To The Art Gallery

Posted 03.20.2012 | Arts

When most artists were in art school, Winfred Rembert was working on a chain gang. He was serving time in a Georgia prison after being arrested at a c...

Now Dig This: Charles White

Peter Clothier | Posted 02.08.2012 | Arts
Peter Clothier

He was not only an extraordinarily gifted artist who produced powerfully moving works of art; he was also an important pioneer who inspired a generation of young black artists to believe that they, too, had something of urgent importance to say.

The Transformative Power of African-American Artists

Juanita Moore | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Juanita Moore

African-American art has been and can continue to be a catalyst in Detroit, home to many of the country's largest and most significant individually owned African-American art collections.

Guess The Artist: Answer Revealed!

The Huffington Post | Melinda Brocka | Posted 11.01.2011 | Arts

Yesterday we showed you this artwork and asked you to guess the artist. Nearly half of you correctly guessed Romare Bearden. Bearden was born on th...