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Visiting Artist: Alexandria Smith January 14- 19, 2019
Artist Lecture: Monday January 14th, 8-9pm
After years of tenaciously applying, Brooklyn native Alexandria Smith got the news she’d been waiting for—the mixed-media visual artist had been accepted into the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts residency program. Her patience had finally paid off.
Sex, death, romance, magic, terror, wonder, alienation, and freedom: the night invites a myriad of often contradictory associations. For centuries, painters have been drawn to the mysteries and marvels of the night and its perceptual and poetic possibilities.
Exhibition on view May 14, 2018 - February 2019
Los Angeles, CA – Zevitas Marcus is pleased to announce the opening of Cosmic Traffic Jam, a group exhibition featuring the work of twenty artists of color for whom painting is a potent language of examination, resistance and change. The exhibition was organized by Alex Jackson, Umar Rashid and Steven Zevitas.
Exhibition on view: July 1 - September 30, 2018
“Through the lens of their Afro-Latinx, Afro-Caribbean, and African-American roots, the selected artists create work that embraces the nuance of what it means to be a Black person in New York City, The United States and around the globe in the present moment"
Lesley Heller Gallery is pleased to present Said by Her, an all woman exhibition exploring female identity in art today. Each of the six featured artists investigates female presentation in their work—psychologically, physically, sexually and culturally—making a statement on this theme through their own unique mediums and processes.
Exhibition on view: May 31 - June 30, 2018
After decades of art collecting, prominent Washington D.C.–based activist, philanthropist, and founder of the august Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Peggy Cooper Cafritz had amassed one of the most important collections of work by artists of color in the country. But in 2009, the more than three hundred works that comprised this extraordinary collection were destroyed in the largest residential fire in Washington, D.C. history. The pioneering collection included art by Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, Yinka Shonibare, Nick Cave, Kehinde Wiley, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Carrie Mae Weems, among many others.
To date, our critically acclaimed periodical, New American Paintings, has featured the work of more than three thousand painters from throughout the United States, many of whom have gone on to receive international attention. The publication benefits artists and viewers alike. While included painters receive international exposure, those with an interest in contemporary painting are provided with an invaluable resource for discovering new artistic talent. Unlike other art publications, New American Paintings does not discriminate by style or yield to art-world trends.
I’m constantly rearranging elements until I feel that it is complete. The last step involves distancing myself a bit, by this I mean that I leave the studio or cover the image up and come back to it the next day. If I am still content with everything, then I begin adhering the elements to the board. I also take this same approach digitally in Photoshop when I am trying to come up with new imagery for my paintings.
In the spirit of Women’s History Month and the Agora Culture’s commitment to art education, we have selected 10 female artists of color you should keep your eye on. These women have exceptional pedigrees and have exhibited their work both nationally and internationally. Some have advanced degrees from noted art schools or have participated in top art residencies such as the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Artist-in-Residence program.
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 bundle of cuteness or a miniature devil creature, depending on his or her perspective. But how does a child actually feel while inhabiting the tiny body of a not yet fully formed person?