Breaking News on Dark Art: Veronica Ryan’s Sculptures Pay Homage to Britain’s Windrush Generation, Addis Fine Art Opening in London, David Adjaye’s Exhibition at Basquiat Design and more
Huge Caribbean Fruits and Vegetables by British Sculptor Veronique ryan now thanks to Narrow Way Square in Hackney in East London. The marble and bronze works are the first permanent public sculptures in the UK to recognize the Windrush generation. British sculptor Thomas J. Price was also commissioned by the Hackney Council to create a public work honoring the legacy and contributions of Caribbean immigrants who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971. His work will be unveiled in June 2022. | The arts journal
Late bronze painted busts George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.) Were unveiled in Union Square in New York on Friday and Sunday morning, Floyd’s sculpture had been vandalized with gray paint. (Floyd’s bust was previously on view in Brooklyn where he was also disfigured.) With the approval of each subject’s family, the 3D models were created by the artist Chris Carnabuci using computer numerical control (CNC) machining. The plywood sculptures are part of a special exhibition presented by Confront Art. “See injustice” is on view from October 1 to October 1. 31. | Artnet news
Based in Washington, DC African American Museum Association (AAAM) received a million dollar grant of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Spread over four years, the grant supports the administrative capacity and programming of AAAM.
Directed by Allan Edmunds, the Brandwine Workshop and Archives (BWA) in Philadelphia received a $ 500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, spread over two years, to support a new position of Deputy Director of Programming and Artura (artura.org), a recently launched online database of culturally diverse contemporary art. BWA continues to develop free educational resources in conjunction with the Graduate Program in Arts Administration and Museum Leadership at Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University.
Addis Fine Art opens its new London gallery with a solo exhibition of the Israeli-Ethiopian painter Nirit Takele, presented in her studio. “The Space Between Us” will be playing from October 8 to 31. | Courtesy of Addis Fine Art
Addis Fine Arts, the gallery owned by Black and co-founded by Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul in Addis Ababa, is expanding with a new location in London, after experimenting with a project space in the British capital. Inaugurating the permanent space, a personal exhibition by the Israeli-Ethiopian painter Nirit Takele opens October 8 and coincides with the gallery’s participation in 1-54 London, the contemporary African art fair, and its first appearance at Frieze London.
Based in Los Angeles David Kordansky Gallery announced the opening of a second location in New York. The gallery list includes artists Fred Eversley, Derek Fordjour, Sam Gilliam, Lauren Halsey, Rashid Johnson, Deana Lawson, and Adam Pendleton.
In New York, the family of Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) organized an exhibition of the artist, presenting more than 200 works, most of them never seen publicly. David Adjaye was responsible for leading the exhibition design for “Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure”, which will open on April 9, 2022 at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea.
The Society of Architectural Historians and Places Journal launches a new SAH Prize / Places on the breed and the built environment. Aimed at a seasoned scholar interested in pursuing public studies, the award includes an honorarium of $ 7,500 to produce significant scholarly work for publication in Places and presentation at a public conference hosted by SAH. The price was imagined by Charles L. Davis II, Associate Professor of History and Architectural Criticism at the University of Buffalo, SUNY and Co-Chair of the SAH Race + Architectural History Affiliate Group. A call for applications will be announced later this year.
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The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation has selected 10 junior curators to participate in its 2021-2022 mentorship program, including Aminat Lawal Agoro, Felicia Mings, Alinta Sara, and Ilona smiling. The international group will engage in a series of virtual and in-person professional and leadership development opportunities. | See the full list
On October 7, the Pratt Institute is organizing its Advantage Legends 2021. The virtual event will raise funds for scholarships that support diversity and honor the architect David Adjaye and artist, author and educator Deborah Willis.
The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., Named his 2021-2022 Research and Teaching Program (RAP) scholarship recipients during the summer and welcomes the new promotion this academic year. The group includes the first recipients of two new scholarships. Keisha Olivier, Assistant Professor of Design and Head of the Department of Visual Arts and Design at the University of the Bahamas is a Fall 2021 Fellow. Oliver is the inaugural recipient of Caribbean art and its diasporas Fellowship, which “supports art historians, artists, critics and writers interested in the complexity of Caribbean scholarship, art and critical visual practices”. Vashti DuBois, founder of the Colored Girls Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is Spring 2022 Researcher in critical race theory and visual culture.
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Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts named its fine arts building for the artist Murry DePillars (1938-2008), who was the school’s first African-American dean (1976-1995). Painter, he was a member of the AfriCOBRA collective. During his 19-year tenure at VCU Arts, DePillars transformed the institution. It âhas almost doubled the number of enrollments at the school to reach 2,400. It is expanding its endowment and facilities for the performing arts. He propelled the national significance of the schoolâ¦ â| Richmond Times-Dispatch
IMAGE: Murry DePillars, Former Dean, VCU School of the Arts. | Courtesy of VCU School of the Arts
Black Rock Senegal, is looking for her postgraduate artist-in-residence. The residency program founded by Kehinde Wiley, provides a modest stipend and stays of 1-3 months with apartments and studios in a waterfront resort in Dakar, Senegal. The application deadline for the 2022 cycle is October 15, 2021. | More information
The Light Work Artist-in-Residence Program offers recipients an unlimited allowance of $ 5,000 and an invitation to spend a month in Syracuse, NY, where a furnished apartment and 24-hour technical and professional resources and facilities are provided to support a creative project. The application deadline for the 2023 cycle is July 1, 2022. | More information
Gallery co-founders Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul discuss the creation of Addis Fine Art in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, providing exhibition opportunities and international exposure to local artists. On October 6, the gallery opens a second location in London. | Video by Addis Fine Art
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