Latest Black Art News: Scholar/artist Michael D. Harris died, Chase Hall joined David Kordansky Gallery, Qualeasha Wood has now been reassigned from Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Edmonia Lewis finally graduates and more – culture guy | Candle Made Easy

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Artist Chase Hall. | Photo by Nick Sethi


Artist Pursuit Hall joined the David Kordansky Gallery. His first solo show with the gallery will be in New York in the fall of 2023. Hall splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. | More

Accola Griefen Fine Art now represents New York artists, poets and curators Jo Anne McFarland. | More

The Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London announced their co-representation of artists Qualasha Wood in collaboration with Kendra Jayne Patrick. Wood lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her first solo show with Pippy Houldsworth opens in May 2023. | More

From left: QUALEASHA WOOD, “Out of Stock”, 2021 (cotton jacquard, glass beads, 72″ x 54″); Portrait of Qualasha Wood. | Photo by JaLeel Porcha. Courtesy the artist, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London and Kendra Jayne Patrick


July 28: The Brooklyn Museum hosts an artists’ night Lorraine O’Grady, including a film screening and talk with O’Grady; artist Sydney E. Vernon; and curators Danielle A. Jackson, Catherine Morris, and Jenée-Daria Strand. | More

Artist Amanda Williams and Derrick Adams spoke on the occasion of Amanda Williams: CANDYLADYBLACK, her recent solo show at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. | More


Michael De Hart Harris (1948-2022), an influential scholar, curator, and artist, died July 11 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 73 years old. Harris, who retired in 2020, was Associate Professor Emeritus of Art History in the Department of African American Studies at Emory University. As a published author, Harris contributed an essay entitled “Color and Color Lines” to the exhibition catalog “Alma Thomas: Everything is Beautiful”. His books include Colored Pictures: Race and Visual Representation. Duke University art historian Richard Powell called the volume “really important,” adding, “There’s an interesting balance between [Michael’s] Calling as an art historian, he is also an incredible artist. He makes incredible paintings, he takes amazing photographs.” Harris joined the artist collective AfriCOBRA in 1979. | Constitution of the Atlanta Journal


Under the direction of Steven Nelson, the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (the Center) announced its latest appointments. More than 40 scholarship recipients were selected for the 2022–2023 academic year, including:

    Alessandra Raengo, Georgia State University
    Paul Mellon Senior Fellow, Fall 2022
    Liquid Blackness in Contemporary Visual Arts: Black Study as Aesthetic Practice

    dolphin sims, University of California, Berkeley
    Wyeth Fellow, 2021-2023
    (Re)emergence of black presence: photography, black women’s bodies and geographies

    Kelvin Parnell Jr. University of Virginia
    Wyeth Fellow, 2022-2024
    Casting Bronze, Reshaping Races: American Sculpture and the Bronze Economy (1840–1890)

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A poll spanning six decades opens August 26 at the Speed ​​Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky: “Kentucky Women: Helen LaFrance.” folk artist Helen LaFrance (1919-2020) “captured memories of small-town domestic and community life, as well as biblical visionary scenes, through her paintings, murals, quilts, wood sculptures, dolls, and collages.” | More

This fall, in Princeton, NJ, the Arts Council of Princeton is presenting Retrieving the Life and Art of James Wilson Edwards and a Circle of Black Artists, featuring the work of James Wilson Edwards, Rex Goreleigh, Hughie Lee Smith, Selma Burke, and Wendell T Brooks. The exhibition is co-curated by Judith K. Brodsky and Rhinold Ponder. | More


Sacramento, the capital of California, documents the history of the city’s African Americans through the preservation of knowledge, memories, experiences and spaces. A collaboration between the City of Sacramento Historic Preservation Team and California State University, the African American Experience Project received a $50,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. | Sacramento Bee

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Oberlin College Distinguished Sculptor Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907) a posthumous diploma almost 160 years after she left school in Oberlin, Ohio and dropped out of her education in 1863 due to racial abuse and violence. | Smithsonian Magazine

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