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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...

Artist Transforms Nude Bodies Into Kaleidoscopic Human Fractals (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.12.2014 | Arts

Jamaican-American artist Renee Cox is well-known for crafting mesmerizing images that combine the visual aesthetic of stereotypes with fragments of a...

Why Mickalene Thomas Is Art History's Plastic Surgeon

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.26.2014 | Arts

We like to think of Mickalene Thomas as an interior decorator of art history. Instead of delving into some drab real estate as a fixer upper, she sets...

Carnegie Hall Honors Legacy Of Black Broadway Performers

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — In a rehearsal room near Times Square this week, some two dozen men with Broadway-honed voices huddled to strategize. They were pra...

The Cultural Landscape Architects: Thomas J. Lax

Julie Chae | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Julie Chae

"When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South" sets aside conventional art world categories of insider and outsider art, and instead explores across different media and disciplines how 35 black artists in the last 50 years have made art inspired by and deeply imbued with southern cultural legacies.

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...

Meet The First African American Transgender Performer To Take The Stage At Carnegie Hall

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.24.2014 | Arts

Earning a performance slot at Carnegie Hall is a daunting challenge for any musician. For violinist and mezzo soprano Tona Brown, a transgender artist...

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...

Artist Builds Giant Sphinx Out Of Sugar To Pay Tribute To Doomed Brooklyn Landmark

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.09.2014 | Arts

In 1856 the original Domino Sugar Factory was built in Brooklyn, New York, soon to become the largest sugar refinery of its time. Fast forward to toda...

Six Diverse Creators Taking on the Arts

Taylor Griffith | Posted 05.11.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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...