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Kehinde Wiley's "Rumors of War" Unveiled in VA

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts unveiled “Rumors of War,” a statue by artist Kehinde Wiley that, like many Confederate statues, depicts a person on horseback.  However, the model in Wiley’s work isn’t a white male Civil War general, but a Black man with dreads, wearing a hoodie and Nikes.

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'Us' Named Best Film of 2019 by AAFCA

Jordan Peele’s Us has been named this year’s Best Film by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). The film, which earned over $255 million globally, received three total wins including Peele for Best Director and the start of the movie, Lupita Nyong’o, won for Best Actress.

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African Artists Reclaim Home With Tour in Africa

Berlin, Paris and London are common destinations for African artists seeking to establish their careers and build name recognition. But as they focus their attention on the West, they risk being forgotten at home. Such was the inspiration behind a traveling exhibition making its way across Africa.

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A $120,000 Banana Was Eaten at Art Basel Miami

Art Basel in Miami is always full of surprises, but this year, a duct-taped banana took the show. It's a work titled "Comedian" by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, the man behind a gold-plated toilet titled "America," and it made headlines this week when it sold for a staggering $120,000. On Saturday, someone ate it.

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HBO's "Watchmen" is Most Popular New Series

Through its seventh episode so far, "Watchmen" is drawing in an average of 7.1 million viewers across HBO’s linear channels and streaming platforms. According to HBO’s tallies, “Watchmen” is premium cable’s most popular new series of 2019, and HBO’s most-watched new series since “Big Little Lies.”

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First Black Dancer to Play Marie in "The Nutcracker"

For any young dancer performing in The Nutcracker, Marie (aka Clara, depending on the production) is a dream role. But Charlotte Nebres, who will be playing Marie in New York City Ballet's Nutcracker this year isn't just bringing her own dream to life—she's also making history.

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Lubaina Himid Bringing Old Masters to New Show

A rare collection of 16th-century damask silks hangs in a gallery of the Frans Hals Museum in the Dutch city of Haarlem. These cloths, often referred to as “white gold,” are so delicate and difficult to read that the museum almost never displays them. They are now on view as British artist Lubaina Himid wants them to be.

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Photographer Does Photo Shoot of Girl Banned from School Photos

Eight-year-old Marian Scott was turned away from taking school photos because of having red hair extensions. After photographer Jermaine Horton heard about what happened, he got in touch with Marian's family and organized a photo shoot with Marian that has gone viral. 

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David Zwirner Plans Show for Artist Noah Davis

This winter, David Zwirner will host the first major Noah Davis survey in New York since the artist’s death. Due to run January 16 to February 22, the show will be organized by Helen Molesworth, who launched a relationship between the Underground Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. 

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Ephraim Sykes to Play Michael Jackson on Broadway

Producer Lia Vollack and The Michael Jackson Estate on Thursday announced that Ephraim Sykes is set to take on the role of the late King of Pop in the upcoming Broadway show MJ the Musical. The production will begin preview performances July 6 with an official opening set for Aug. 13 at NY's Neil Simon Theatre. 

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Definitive Guide to Art Basel 2019 in Miami Beach

In its eighteenth year, art aficionados, culture vultures, and party-goers will once again flock to Miami Beach for the annual extravaganza. The official exhibition runs from December 5 through 8 and will host more than 4,000 artists and 269 leading international galleries at Miami Beach Convention Center.

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The 6 Artists Competing for the Hugo Boss Prize

It’s award season at the Guggenheim, where they’ve just announced the finalists for the 13th Hugo Boss Prize, given biannually to an artist regardless of age or nationality.  In addition to receiving a $100,000 award, the winner of the prize will also be given a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum.

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Philly Dance Festival Puts Spotlight on Companies

More than 40 dance companies from around Philadelphia are coming together for a dance festival. It's the sixth annual Come Together Dance Festival created by the Koresh Dance Company. The goal of the festival is to provide opportunities for dancers as well as create cross audiences between the companies.

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Grace Jones to Curate Meltdown Festival in the UK

Southbank Centre announced that the next curator and headliner of its award-winning Meltdown festival, the longest-running artist-curated festival in the world, will be  Grace Jones. Jones will take over the UK’s largest arts centre with her defiantly unique creative vision and a ten-day playbook of her creation.

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Ingrid Silva Wants to Make Ballet More Diverse

Ingrid Silva's job extends beyond her performances with Dance Theatre of Harlem. The Brazilian native has made it her mission to push for greater diversity in dance. She participates in community outreach, performs as an international guest artist and even founded her own platform, EmpowHer NY. 

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Museum Celebrates Art of African American Quilting

A recent gift to the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) promises to elevate the rich history of African American quilting. The museum was gifted 3,000 different pieces from the largest private collection of works by African American quiltmakers which belonged to passionate heritage quilt collector Eli Leon.

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Academics Named 2019 MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Fellows

Professor and world-renowned artist Walter Hood, as well as three other African-American academics,  have been selected by the MacArthur Foundation for this year's class of MacArthur Fellows. Fellows are chosen for their “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits," which comes with a $625,000 stipend.

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Does Las Vegas Have the Best Art in America?

USA Today

Las Vegas is full of surprises, and one of the biggest is the fact that the city is home to a thriving art scene.

Wherever you look now, from the nooks and crannies of luxury hotels on the Strip to the sides of buildings downtown, you can find pieces of art that will stop you in your tracks and make you laugh, think or just admire.

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Colorful Street Art Makes Cities Safer and Vibrant

Over the last decade, U.S. cities have carved out dozens of public plazas from existing streets using little more than paint. A new grant program and guide announced by Bloomberg Philanthropies will fund the creation of 10 street murals in 10 U.S. cities, as well as track the safety, economic, and civic impact of these projects. 

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How The "30 Americans" Tour Has Changed Museums

“30 Americans,” an exhibition of works by African-American artists from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, has been traveling to institutions across the United States for 10 years, and is currently on exhibit at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. This exhibit has changed the way museums see art.

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Art Exhibit Pays Tribute to Wu-Tang Clan

An art exhibit that opened yesterday in New York, pays homage to legendary hip-hop group, the Wu-Tang Clan. The exhibit, produced by Absolut Art,  features visual artists who officially collaborated with the Wu for inspiration in the pop-up exhibit.  The exhibit includes 32 limited-edition prints by 21 artists.

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'Seen Unseen' Exhibit Explores African-American Art

Some of the most compelling contemporary art in America is produced by African-American artists. As a group, they’re beginning to get their due after decades of being relatively overlooked and suffering barriers to access. With the 'Seen Unseen' exhibit in Ohio, works from 32 Cleveland artists will be seen on display.

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Hebru Brantley Opens New Interactive Art Experience

Contemporary artist Hebru Brantley's installation, Nevermore Park, takes guests through 6,000 square feet of interactive art pieces that expand upon the Flyboy universe. Flyboy, the aviator-goggle-wearing character dreamed up by Brantley, is something of a local icon in Chicago. The installation opens to the public Oct. 24th.

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Ghana Hip-Hop Festival Celebrates The Culture

An annual hip-hop festival in Ghana celebrated the West African country's take on the American-born music and culture. Performers used their music and art to represent culture and life in Ghana, infusing local languages, fashion, and sounds into hip-hop style. The festival highlights music, graffiti, DJing and dance.

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Black Violin Releases New Album and Tour Dates


With the release of their new album Take The Stairs drawing near, hip hop/classical music duo Black Violin has unveiled their new track “One Step”.  The 13 track release is the follow up to their 2015 album Stereotypes.  Over the years, Black Violin has collaborated with acts such as Wu-Tang Clan, Alicia Keys, and 2 Chainz.

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Kehinde Wiley Finalist to Replace NY Monument

The public has until the end of the week to weigh in on which proposal from Kehinde WileySimone LeighWangechi Mutu, or Vinnie Bagwell. The city’s Percent for Art program chose the finalists in February and will make a selection at a public panel being held Saturday, October 5, 2019.

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Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) recently opened Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, as well as several other exhibitions by artists of color and women as part of its ongoing efforts to tell a more multidimensional story of art and artists, and expand perceptions of modern and contemporary art.  

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Artist Walter Hood Receives $250K Gish Prize

One of the world’s highest-value prizes for artists has its next recipient: Walter Hood, the landscape and public artist whose work ranges from sculpture to landscape design, has won the annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, which comes with $250,000 for contributing to social change.

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African-American Art Exhibits Touring U.S.

Exhibits featuring African American works of art will be touring the U.S. in 2020, including Blacks Reflections at The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Michigan where sculptures, drawings, photography, and videos will occupy four floors of the museum to feature 91 works created by artists from the 1920s to present. 

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