SPOTLIGHT: Gordon Parks

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American Photographer Gordon Parks has been called “the most important black photographer in the history of photojournalism” – the man who taught himself how to take pictures at the age of twenty-five with a Voigtländer Brillant that he purchased at a pawn shop. In 1948, after a stint with the Farm Security Administration (F.S.A.) covering the nation’s social conditions, he […]

SPOTLIGHT: Kehinde Wiley

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In honor of Black History Month we’ll spend the next few week highlighting notable African-Americans in the art world. First up is painter, Kehinde Wiley.

Surviving Black History Month

Black History is American History

When we asked Kimberly Drew the Founder of the blog, Black Contemporary Art to write a Top 5 List with a Black History Month spin, this wasn’t what we were expecting. What she delivers is a thought-provoking, humorous interactive look at this monthly observation.

SPOTLIGHT: The Problem We All Live With

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We continue our Black History Month series with a look at Norman Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With…In 1963, Rockwell confronted the issue of prejudice head-on with arguably the single most important image ever done of an African-American in illustration history.

SPOTLIGHT: KARA WALKER

Kara Walker is an American Artist known for her bold exploration into race, culture and gender and identity issues. You might not have remembered her name, but surely I can recall you to her work once I show you those explosive black silhouettes resembling paper cut-outs that she’s most known for.

Spotlight: Kerry James Marshall

Continuing on in our Black History Month series, Kerry James Marshall is an American Painter whose images portray of the African-American urban experience are layered narratives of social order and disorder, of memories and myths.

Spotlight: Thelma Golden

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This week in honor of Black History Month we’ll be spotlighting notable African-Americans in the art world. First up is Museum Curator, Thelma Golden. Currently the chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem; Golden has spent her career curating shows that highlight previously under-represented artists including women and people of color.

Quotables

Don’t go to a museum with a destination. Museums are wormholes to other worlds. There are ecstasy machines. Follow your eyes to wherever they lead you, stop, get very quiet, and the world should begin to change for you. And if you see me, say something! We can talk about it together. — Jerry Saltz

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