The newly released Black Refractions: The Studio Museum in Harlem has been described as “an authoritative guide to one of the world's most important collections of African-American art, with works by artists from Romare Bearden to Kehinde Wiley.” I contributed an essay - "The Studio Museum in Harlem: Ancient to the Future" - which offers a brief history of the museum. I also conducted an interview with Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, and Connie Choi, Associate Curator.
I’m excited to have interviewed Hank Willis Thomas for Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal.
From the publisher: Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal. presents a survey of the artist’s prolific and extraordinary interdisciplinary career, incorporating all aspects of his art, with a particular focus on the work’s relationship to the photographic image and to issues of representation and perception. In the ten years since his first publication, Pitch Blackness, Thomas has established himself as a significant voice in contemporary art, equally at home with collaborative, trans-media projects such as Question Bridge, Philly Block, and For Freedoms as he is with high-profile, international solo exhibitions.
Copublished by Aperture and the Portland Art Museum, Oregon
Look for the book from The Green Lantern Press celebrating “Cándida Alvarez: Here,” the recent survey by a painter who’s been flying under the radar for a minute, but no longer. I so enjoyed writing “When Painting Stepped Out to Lunch” about my homegirl.
“Charles White, A Retrospective” celebrates the artist’s centennial in the three cities he called home: Chicago, New York, Los Angeles. It opened at the Art Institute of Chicago earlier this year, and was on view at New York’s Museum of Modern Art until last month. The exhibition will now travel to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where it will be on view from February 17 through June 2, 2019. I learned so much from writing “Charles White, Feminist at Mid-Century” for that publication.
After showing at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Met Breuer last year, “Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2016,” the first major show of the artist’s 3-D work, is now on view at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts through May 27, 2019. Check out my essay “Mediterranean Conversations” in that volume.