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Six Diverse Creators Taking on the Arts

Taylor Griffith | Posted 03.11.2014 | Black Voices
Taylor Griffith

I started to think of the underrepresentation of other minorities in the fashion industry and the limited diversity in many other art culture subsets. As a result, I decided to look around and to give more recognition to these six creators who are following their passions.

Notes From the Road: Little Rock

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 03.05.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Delita Martin's sharp relief prints bring together history, memory and imagination to create images of African-American women that serve as icons of strength and community.

Mickalene Thomas' Mother And Muse

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.21.2014 | Arts

If you know the name Mickalene Thomas, you're familiar with the artist's iconic brand of glammed-up, glittering portraits, rendering beautiful black w...

Artist Turns Mother's Old Sketches Of Inventions Into Surreal Performance Art (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.24.2014 | Arts

This year is a big year for multimedia performance artist Jacolby Satterwhite. For one, the 27-year-old artist recently premiered his "Reifying Desire...

Artist Gives Enlightenment Masterpiece A Colorful Remix

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

Yinka Shonibare MBE was born in London and raised between the UK and Nigeria -- traveling back and forth, speaking both languages, learning from both ...

Carrie Mae Weems Questions The Museum

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

Most of us who have ever wandered the halls of an art museum have felt the uncanny power of experiencing a multitude of voices, visions, times and pla...

Thierry Laurence's Body as Art in Richmond's First Fridays Art Walk

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 02.02.2014 | Arts
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

"When I have a camera in hand, I want to capture the moments where shadows give way to light and allow us to see," says photographer Thierry Laurence, whose black and white portraits can be seen at Elegba Folklore Society's Cultural Center in Richmond, Virginia as part of the city's First Fridays Art Walk.

What Does Diversity In The Art World Look Like?

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.18.2013 | Arts

Earlier this week the Whitney released their highly anticipated artist list for the 2014 Biennial, announcing the lucky 103 artists whose work would b...

White Women With Black Hairstyles Redefine Corporate America

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.18.2013 | Arts

Almost every woman has toiled before the mirror, trying desperately to look "professional." Photographer Endia Beal explored this frustration that occ...

10 Black Performance Artists You Should Know

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts

From Carrie Mae Weems to Jayson Musson, the evolution of black performance art has been complex, oscillating between dramatic happenings and extension...

15 African American Art World Game Changers

Posted 10.03.2013 | Arts

Last week we featured 30 African American artists who are shaping and defining the contemporary art landscape. But even the most inventive and fearles...

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...

Digging Up Harlem's History

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.05.2013 | Arts

Since 1968 Harlem's Studio Museum has selected three emerging artists from African or Latino descent for their artist-in-residence program. For eleven...

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 ...

Lorna Simpson's Paper Dolls

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts

Memory, fashion, culture and collage play major conceptual roles in Lorna Simpson's delicate paper works. Her portraits of African American women ...

What If Your Favorite Films Were Made In Senegal?

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.01.2013 | Arts

Mena Suvari taking a dip in a bed of red roses, Keanu Reeves breaking into an impressive backbend to dodge bullets -- such iconic cinematic moments ha...

'Clowning Was My Disguise, My Liberation'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts

"Clowning was my disguise, my liberation," painter Beverly McIver once said of her unlikely childhood passion. Within a pastime often seen as a mo...

Myth, Hip-Hop And Sci-Fi Unite

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts

Is it possible to be a shape-shifter while remaining strongly grounded at the same time? Robert Pruitt's crayon series, simply entitled "Women," shows...

Jerry Pinkney Day Is Almost Here

Posted 06.20.2013 | Arts

This June 26, why not join in with the rest of Philadelphia to celebrate Jerry Pinkney day, which honors the illustrator responsible for bringing lege...

Rashaad Newsome Watches The Throne

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.20.2013 | Arts

Rashaad Newsome's upcoming exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art will serve up a hypnotizing medley of Baroque and bling. The show, titled "King...

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...

The Most Badass Quilts Of All Time

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.27.2013 | Arts

Turning a symbol of domesticity, comfort and femininity into a tool of protest, power and change, Faith Ringgold forever changed the possibilities inh...

BAILA, Henry Taylor!

Lili Bernard | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Lili Bernard

There are fifteen minutes left of the opening reception for Henry Taylor's solo-show at Blum and Poe, and a constant stream of people are still flowing through the door.

'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...

Why Betye Saar Shines Bright

Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts

HuffPost Arts&Culture is celebrating Women's History Month with the help of our favorite artists -- female artists, of course. Every day of March we'r...