Category: Art

Kadir Nelson’s New Yorker Cover is Powerful

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I am in total love with this New Yorker cover by artist Kadir Nelson, depicting a Black father and his children enjoying a day at the beach. The image of the Black father is not so much “special” to me; my father and stepfather were very much doting, loving, and involved men in my life. And just this past weekend I was surrounded by Black fathers celebrating the success of their children moving onward and upward. We know that positive images of Black fathers exist, but the media and certain groups would have you believe otherwise. That’s why this cover is so important. It normalizes the image of a Black man participating in the livelihood of his children. Like a Black version of a Normal Rockwell piece, Nelson’s painting just brings it all together: strength, love, fun, security, happiness.

On another note, stay woke on this non-holiday. Remember, our ancestors were not free; therefor this holiday does not celebrate us. Don’t fall for the old okey-doke.

I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common.-The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fa thers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.

– Frederick Douglass

Seydou Keita: Exposure

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I regret not getting the chance to see this photography exhibit while I was in Paris. Whenever I hopped on the train, I saw a new, stunning black and white photograph by Malian photographer Seydou Keita that stopped me in my tracks. Maybe it was the beauty of his subjects, the simplicity of the genre, the sharpness of the smallest detail. If you’re going to be in Paris this spring and summer, pop into the Grand Palais and see this exhibit.

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March 31, 2016 – July 11, 2016 | Grand Palais, Galeries nationales

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Misty Copeland as Fine Art

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In AP Art History in high school, our teacher would always give us little phrases to help us remember the significance of a particular artist. For the Impressionist Edgar Degas, it was “Dancers on Diagonals”. Misty Copeland is the diagonal dancer subject of this wonderfully imaginative series of photographs where she takes the center stage in some of Degas’ most iconic pieces. Photographers Ken Browar & Deborah Ory capture the dancer in truly stunning fashion

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Exhibit: A Foothold on the Rocks: The Indelible Legacies of Jacob and Gwedolyn Knight Lawrence

A few months ago I did a unit study with my daughter on the works of Jacob Lawrence and his Depression-era depictions of working class Black families. We discussed their dilemma of building wealth and security in the uncertain times following the Emancipation, and the benefits and repercussions of moving from rural to urban life.

In this new gallery exhibit, several artists depict issues of class, race and wealth in a collection of bold and inspiring paintings and photographs. I had a chance to meet with most of the artists, who spoke about topics ranging from gentrification, to everyday life struggles, to the struggle to maintain culture in an ever-changing city landscape. Check this show out. These artists definitely have something to say.

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Artist Tiffany Latrice

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Artist Shannon Berry

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Tania L. Balan-Gaubert

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Freida Hoyett

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David Vades Joseph

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A Foothold on the Rocks: The Indelible Legacies of Jacob and Gwedolyn Knight Lawrence

Equity Gallery, 245 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002 | (212) 542-0292

Artness: Axcomix

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I stumbled across this artist on Instagram, and I couldn’t  get over the fresh, vibrant and lively drawings of this talented comic artist. Axcomix takes caricatures to the next level and his subjects are both endearing and many times overtly sexy. But one thing that each and every pic embodies? Character.

More of Axcomix’s design process is on tumblr, but beware: those images are totally not safe for work.

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Designer Spotlight: These Pink Slips

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As a digital art director, I’ve always had a taste for bold font, vibrant colors, and pronounced statements. So when I came across the graphic work of These Pink Slips creator Iris Barbee Bonner, I became an instant fan.

It’s hard not to take notice of Bonner’s creations. The Philly native, also a digital design like myself, minces no words when it comes to announcing her feminist power, with shirts proudly proclaiming “Pussy Power” with the vigor and sincerity of an Alexyss Tylor lecture. Socialites Blac Chyna and Amber Rose wore her designs with bold proclamations, to the MTV Video Music Awards last year. Unfortunately, they were widely panned, despite making a very valid statement on feminine sexuality, and the determination by society on what (or whom) is considered a slut. But I got it, and so did alot of forward-thinking women. I am totally here for Ms. Bonner’s line.

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Black Banana Bag, $150

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Artness: Post-It Art By Gangstadoodles

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Another day, another awesome Instagram find. Today I fell upon the awesomeness that is gangsterdoodles via Roots drummer Questlove. It’s a funky collection of old school and new school hip hop artists, musicians and cool people, drawn in a graphic and sometimes comical way on a 3×3 post-it note. The artist also has a shop selling various items based off his drawings.

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Puffy and Mase. Ha!

Artness: David Foote

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http://www.fluorescentfilms.com/newgirls/newgirlsspace/newgirlsspace.html

 

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