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What Does Protest Art Look Like After Ferguson?

artnet | artnet News | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts

This article originally appeared on artnet News. By Ben Davis Damon Davis Photo: Sebastiano Tomada via Mic Walter Benjamin has a line abou...

When the Daily News Weighs My Spirit Down, I Turn to Art

Lisa B. Thompson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices
Lisa B. Thompson

While taking it to the streets-style activism is certainly viable, I want to make a case for another form: Art.

Artists Explore The Many Influences Of Ebony And Jet Magazines

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts

"Think about the fact that since the 1940s, Ebony has been published, every month, and continues to be," explained Lauren Haynes, curator at the Studi...

Beyoncé Still A Second-Class Citizen At The Grammys

The Daily Dot | Nico Lang | Posted 12.11.2014 | Black Voices

According to the Internet, Beyoncé is now the Grammys’ most-nominated woman in history, with outlets like Time, BuzzFeed, and Forbes lauding the si...

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...

40 Contemporary African Artists Take On Dante's 'Divine Comedy'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.20.2014 | Arts

Wangechi Mutu, Yinka Shonibare, Aida Muluneh, Dante Alighieri. These are some of the brilliant minds involved in "The Divine Comedy," a contempora...

80-Year-Old Black Artist Leo Twiggs Uses Confederate Flag To Create Art

AP | BY SUSANNE M. SCHAFER | Posted 10.08.2014 | Arts

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Leo Twiggs' paintings of shadowy Confederate flags and faceless men with bulls-eyes on their backs are a few of the haunting...

Adorably Grotesque Cartoons Explore What Little Girls Are Made Of

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.26.2014 | Arts

From the perspective of a parent, a child comes across as a glowing angel. From the perspective of a stranger, a child can appear either as a doughy b...

Nick Cave Reappropriates Racially Charged Objects

Sola Agustsson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts
Sola Agustsson

"Made by Whites for Whites" addresses the prevalence of American racist objects that are too historically significant to be destroyed yet too offensive to be displayed.

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.