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“Untitled #7” (1975) by Howardena Pindell


The following review presents a snapshot of recent news in African American art and related black culture:


The New York Times profiled Betye Saar in advance of her fall solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Saar, who emerged during the male-dominated Black Power movement and a white-dominated feminist movement, explores personal history, spirituality, and “national racism” in her work. Holland Carter described the 93-year-old who is finally getting major institutional attention as “one of the country’s most inventive and influential makers of intimately scaled assemblage.” The New York Times

Inspired by her recent work, Simone Leigh collaborated with Zendaya on a photo shoot for Issue 17 of Garage Magazine and Thelma Golden of the Studio Museum in Harlem engaged the artist and actress in a conversation about “a new vision of black womanhood.” Garage Magazine

The recipient of the 2019 Artist Award is Howardena Pindell. Administered by the Artists’ Legacy Foundation, the $25,000 award was created with a bequest from sculptor Viola Frey (1933-2004) to recognize “an outstanding painter or sculptor who has created a body of work where evidence of the hand is a significant factor.” Artists’ Legacy Foundation


Eva Langret was named artistic director of the Frieze London art fair. Previously, Langret was head of exhibitions at Tiwani Contemporary gallery in London, where she curated Maren Hassinger’s first solo show outside the United States. She has also worked with Simone Leigh, Zina Saro-Wiwa, ruby onyinyechi amanze, Theo Eshetu and Kapwani Kiwanga, among other artists. Langret assumes her new role in November. Frieze


Meklit Hadero joined the Yerba Buena Arts Center as chief of program. A singer-songwriter, composer, and cultural activist, Hadera is charged with program strategy at the San…

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