Newest Information in Black Artwork: Ghanaian Artist Atta Kwami Has Died, Julie Mehretu Joins Whitney Museum Board, Bisa Butler Portrait of Questlove Covers New York Instances Journal & Extra


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Atta Kwami, 2019. | Picture: Trendy Painters, New Decorators, Courtesy Serpentine Galleries


UK-BASED, GHANAIAN ARTIST and printmaker Atta Kwami (1956-2021) has died. He was 65. Kwami’s work, murals, and kiosk sculptures are knowledgeable by the geometry and shade of West African structure and textiles. An artwork historian and curator, he authored “Kumasi Realism, 1951–2007: An African Modernism.” Final fall, he received the Serpentine Galleries 2021 Maria Lassnig Prize, which features a public artwork fee and accompanying monograph. The challenge was anticipated to debut in 2022. When he acquired the Lassnig Prize, Kwami mentioned: “The Maria Lassnig Prize 2021 is totally sudden. I’m very glad it has come at this stage of my life. I shall all the time be humbly grateful for all of the individuals who have supported me; my mom, my spouse, my galleries and my pals each inside and outdoors Ghana. I’m glad for myself and for Ghana.” | Artforum

“The Maria Lassnig Prize 2021 is totally sudden. I’m very glad it has come at this stage of my life. I shall all the time be humbly grateful for all of the individuals who have supported me … each inside and outdoors Ghana. I’m glad for myself and for Ghana.” — Atta Kwami

Clockwise, from left, Julie Mehretu, James Claiborne, Beverly Morgan-Welch, and Eric L. Motley. | Photos: y Monica Schipper/WireImage; © Barnes Basis; © MoMa, Picture by Peter Ross; © Tony Powell



The Whitney Museum of American Artwork in New York appointed seven new members to its board of trustees, together with New York artist Julie Mehretu, whose mid-career survey was lately on view on the museum, and Eric L. Motley, deputy director of the Nationwide Gallery of Artwork in Washington, D.C. Mehretu is barely the third artist to hitch the museum’s board because it was based in 1930. Artist Fred Wilson can be a board member. | New York Instances

The Museum of Trendy Artwork (MoMA) in New York introduced 4 new appointments, together with Beverly Morgan-Welch as senior deputy director of exterior affairs. Her portfolio contains oversight of MoMA’s outreach technique, fundraising and sponsorship, membership, affiliate packages, particular occasions, advertising, communications, and graphic design. Morgan-Welch joins MoMA from the Smithsonian’s Nationwide Museum of African American Historical past and Tradition (NMAAHC) the place she served as affiliate director for exterior affairs, from 2016 to 2021.

James Claiborne was named curator of public packages on the Barnes Basis in Philadelphia. Most lately, he served as public director of programming on the African American Museum in Philadelphia. He formally joined the Barnes in September.


KEMAR KEANU WYNTER, “ZZ52 (Stew Peas and Spinnters),” 2020 (graphite, oil pastel on French card paper, 19 x 25 inches). | © Kemar Keanu Wynter, Courtesy the artist and Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery



Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York now represents artist Kemar Keanu Wynter. The gallery is at the moment presenting “Pairings,” a solo exhibition is his work in its entrance gallery, and plans present his work at NADA Miami in December. The Jamaican-American artist was born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and lives in Flatlands, Brooklyn.


Awards & Honors

The Joan Mitchell Basis introduced 15 recipients of its new Joan Mitchell Fellowship for artists centered on portray and sculpture. The inaugural fellows, together with Angela Hennessy, Guadalupe Maravilla, and Kambui Olujimi are awarded $60,000 every over 5 years.



Bisa Butler, who is thought for using a vibrantly coloured mixture of patterns in quilt portraits, created a picture of Amir Thompson, aka Questlove, that covers The Tradition Concern of The New York Instances Journal (Oct. 17, 2021). On Instagram, Butler famous the biographical references she featured within the portrait of The Roots drummer, together with vinyl data, drums, and a coronary heart on his lapel, symbolizing Questlove’s hometown of Philadelphia, the Metropolis of Brotherly Love. Butler added: “*there’s zero paint on this art work. Cotton, silk, lace, velvet and glass seed and bugle beads. Quilted and appliquéd.”



Brandywine Workshop and Archives in Philadelphia is hiring a deputy director of programming. Established in 1972, Brandywine began out producing restricted version authentic advantageous artwork prints, offering coaching and mentorship for younger artists. The nonprofit continues to collaborate with a global slate of artists on printmaking tasks and in addition helps artist residencies, exhibitions, and academic programming. A newly created senior administration place, the deputy director shall be “chargeable for oversight of all curatorial and academic actions” and “a key companion to the manager director in shaping BWA’s creative imaginative and prescient and serving to to develop the organizational construction to help it.” Software deadline is Nov. 1, 2021. | Extra Information

The Metropolis of Los Angeles Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) introduced three grant alternatives for LA artists. DCA’s Artist in Residence Grant Program (AIR) has been reinvented because the Neighborhood Engagement Artist Residency Grant Program (NEAR). The Metropolis of Los Angeles Particular person Grasp Artist Venture Grant Program (COLA-IMAP) and new Artistic Alternatives-Optimizing Promise Grant Program (CO-OP) are additionally launching. Deadlines Nov. 5, 2021. | Extra Information right here and right here



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