Category: Artness (Page 1 of 9)

Seydou Keita: Exposure


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.

Seydou Keita

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

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Misty Copeland as Fine Art


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.


Artist Tiffany Latrice


Artist Shannon Berry


Tania L. Balan-Gaubert


Freida Hoyett


David Vades Joseph


David Vades Joseph


David Vades Joseph


David Vades Joseph


David Vades Joseph


Lance Johnson


Lance Johnson


Tania L. Balan-Gaubert

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


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.





Designer Spotlight: These Pink Slips


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.




Black Banana Bag, $150


With Honor: Cicely Tyson

I wanted to give Cicely Tyson props for her recent Kennedy Center Honor by dedicating 50 years as an actress and entertainer. A few weeks ago, Black Twitter and Instagram was having a field day with Ms. Tyson as a #CelebrityOnlyBlackPeopleKnow . Well now, America can know her and lover her, just as Black folks always have: the mama in our heads.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: Honoree Cicely Tyson and past honoree Arthur Mitchell arrives at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 06: Honoree Cicely Tyson and past honoree Arthur Mitchell arrives at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)



The first Lady looking amazing (as usual) in Oscar de la Renta



Rita Moreno , the first Latina to win an Academy Award for her role in West Side Story


What would the White House be without Olivia Pope Kerry Washington?



Gina Rodriguez


Janelle Monae

Artness: Post-It Art By Gangstadoodles


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.







Puffy and Mase. Ha!

Artness: The Audacity of Nona Faustine

Like the thousands of Africans buried under lower Manhattan, there are others in long forgotten places. – Nona Faustine

This is certainly the year of the bold Black woman with a message to be heard. Last week, Bree Newsome re-ignited the fire of Black woman revolutionaries everywhere by removing the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s state capitol. And now I see these powerful images of Nona Faustine, a Crown Heights, Brooklyn artist, walking the haunted streets of lower Manhattan, lest we forget the what originally happened on Wall Street.


How ironic that so much of America’s slave past centers on the south when the North, specifically New York, played a very active role in the trade of human beings. Nona brings it on back with stark unabashedly frank images recalling Sara Bateman’s horrific run as a circus sideshow spectacle in the 1800s.

Nona, like Bree, is bold, Black, and has something she needs to say. View the rest of the images from her series “White Shoes” here.



Artness: Newark Black Film Festival

I stopped by an unusually quiet Newark Museum this past week, and was able to revisit some exhibits that I enjoy the first time around. I caught wind of the Newark Black Film Festival, and got a little giddy with excitement over the offerings:
a film o black photographers, a documentary on Alice Walker and Eartha Kitt, and a lineup of amazing movies for kids on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Catch these flicks, all at the museum:

Though_a_Lens_DarklyThrough A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
July 8, 7pm

Love Always, Eartha
July 15, 7pm

Newark Museum
49 Washington St,
Newark, NJ 07102

10 Fly Ballerinas To Follow

#MistyCopeland #AmericanBalletTheatre


I was elated to hear that Misty Copeland was given the position of principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, the first Black woman to do so. The fact that Copeland started dancing at 13, with a less than ideal ballet body, only to reach these heights is astounding, not only for little brown girl ballerinas, but dancers of every age, shape, and style, everywhere. Here’s her story:

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But make no mistake. Black ballerinas are truly doing their thing for decades. Now its time to truly give them their shine.











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