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09/13/2020
Colored Frames [Documentary]

“Colored Frames” reflects on the last 50 years in African-American art by exploring the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists.

Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, it provides a truthful, unflinching look at often-ignored artists and their progeny.

Impressionistic video collages showcase the wide variety, both thematically and stylistically, of contemporary pieces of black artists working in the genres of illustration, abstraction and surrealism, among others.

A look back at the last fifty years in African American art, Colored Frames is an unflinching exploration of influences, inspirations and experiences of blac...

BORN ON THIS DAY: Jacob Armstead Lawrence (September 7, 1917 - June 9, 2000) He is one of the best-known 20th-century Af...
09/09/2020

BORN ON THIS DAY: Jacob Armstead Lawrence (September 7, 1917 - June 9, 2000) He is one of the best-known 20th-century African-American painters, known for his portrayal of African-American historical subjects and contemporary life.
Lawrence referred to his style as "dynamic cubism," though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem. He brought the African-American experience to life using blacks and browns juxtaposed with vivid colors. He also taught and spent 16 years as a professor at the University of Washington.
At the age of 23, Lawrence gained national recognition with his 60-panel The Migration Series, which depicted the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. The series was purchased jointly by the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Lawrence's works are in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Northwest Art. His 1947 painting The Builders hangs in the White House.
(info: Whitney Museum of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem & The New York Times)

09/09/2020
Bou bou Design

Beautiful Tribute! 🥀

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09/03/2020
Paul Goodnight

Thanks to television and movies, millions of people see the works of Paul Goodnight and don't even know it. You could be watching Will Smith in "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Seinfeld," "ER" or the award-winning movie "Ghost," and at some point, you will probably notice his distinctive paintings on the walls.

Find Mr. Goodnight on FB. https://www.facebook.com/goodnightart

Ok, I've been dragged out of the stone age...finally! Well, not really!

08/04/2020
Kelvin Okafor Art

Extraordinary artist!

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Artist: Valencia Johnson
08/02/2020

Artist: Valencia Johnson

~Charly "Carlos" Palmer
08/01/2020

~Charly "Carlos" Palmer

John Carroll Doyle was born December 22, 1942 in Charleston, SC and is internationally recognized for his energetic, lig...
08/01/2020

John Carroll Doyle was born December 22, 1942 in Charleston, SC and is internationally recognized for his energetic, light filled paintings of subjects as diverse as blues musicians, blue marlins, and blue hydrangeas. Sadly Mr. Doyle left this earth on November 12, 2014 at the young age of 71. The artist got his start with his distinctive sport fishing paintings which began to grace the covers of many popular sport fishing magazines in the 1980s. He continued to build momentum throughout the 1980s and the 1990s with his now famous, commissioned, large scale paintings that can be seen gracing the walls of many of Charleston restaurants and historic homes, as well as clubs, resorts, and restaurants as far afield as Illinois, California, Virginia, and Australia. Over the course of his four decade long career, John became a seasoned, American Impressionist whose muse was always Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry.

Larry Poncho Brown
07/26/2020

Larry Poncho Brown

GARDEN ART
07/15/2020
Garden Art: Letting It Do What It Do

GARDEN ART

I see it as a great introductory item to seed their interest in culture, in a visual aesthetic, while also allowing people to start to collect art

Featured:  Artist Carren ClarkePlease visit her on FaceBook to see more of her work!
07/03/2020

Featured: Artist Carren Clarke

Please visit her on FaceBook to see more of her work!

Featured Artist: CARREN CLARKE
07/03/2020
Carren Clarke-McAdoo — Woodland Heights Studio

Featured Artist: CARREN CLARKE

      Carren Clarke Artist Statement When the phone rings, and we answer, sometimes, on the other end is actually a doorway to the path for which one is meant to travel. Some years ago, my interest in learning and creatin

RECOMMENDED READING:  Soul Sanctuary: Images of the African American Worship ExperienceBook by Barbranda Lumpkins Walls ...
07/03/2020

RECOMMENDED READING: Soul Sanctuary: Images of the African American Worship Experience
Book by Barbranda Lumpkins Walls and Jason Miccolo Johnson

Featuring 170 duo-tone photographs, a photographic study of the seminal role of the black church within the African-American community captures the unique worship experience in a multi-denominational odyssey through rural and urban centers of religion.

~William Hemmerling
06/27/2020

~William Hemmerling

FEATURED ARTIST:  Leonard Maiden"As an artist I’m compelled to mine the aesthetic potential of  African American  imager...
06/27/2020

FEATURED ARTIST: Leonard Maiden

"As an artist I’m compelled to mine the aesthetic potential of African American imagery though my own experience and the whimsy of imagination . I feel a visual affinity for dark skin shining in the southern summer sun against the background of country sides, small town shops and cotton fields of the south and the way it's expressed in paint. The core content of my work is inspired by my parents who grew up on farms in Louisiana and Mississippi and my grandfather who raised cotton in Mississippi . Therefore cotton fields in my paintings serve as symbols of independence, strength and family love. Intuitively I employ these enigmatic narratives, and other props as devices that communicates a rich and diverse heritage. I want the content of my paintings to reflect an understanding of painting as a powerful communicative device to convey the joy, strength, and beauty of our people."

~ Unknown
06/19/2020

~ Unknown

Titus Kaphar is an artist whose paintings, sculptures, and installations examine the history of representation by transf...
06/19/2020

Titus Kaphar is an artist whose paintings, sculptures, and installations examine the history of representation by transforming its styles and mediums with formal innovations to emphasize the physicality and dimensionality of the canvas and materials themselves. His practice seeks to dislodge history from its status as the “past” in order to unearth its contemporary relevance. He cuts, crumples, shrouds, shreds, stitches, tars, twists, binds, erases, breaks, tears, and turns the paintings and sculptures he creates, reconfiguring them into works that reveal unspoken truths about the nature of history. Open areas become active absences; walls enter into the portraits; stretcher bars are exposed; and structures that are typically invisible underneath, behind, or inside the canvas are laid bare to reveal the interiors of the work. In so doing, Kaphar’s aim is to reveal something of what has been lost and to investigate the power of a rewritten history.

He gave a TED talk at the annual conference in Vancouver 2017, where he completed a whitewash painting, Shifting the Gaze, onstage. Kaphar’s work has been included in solo exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA PS1 and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, among others. His work is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AK; the 21C Museum Collection; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; and the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL, amongst others.

RECOMMENDED READING: 30 AMERICANSSince the 1960s, Miami's Rubell family has collected the works of the most relevant con...
06/19/2020

RECOMMENDED READING: 30 AMERICANS

Since the 1960s, Miami's Rubell family has collected the works of the most relevant contemporary African American artists as an integral part of their broader mission to collect the most interesting art of our time. 30 Americans serves as both the catalogue for their current exhibition of African American art at the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans and a visual record of the Rubell family's diverse collection, which spans genres and generations. This expanded third edition contains not only artists long collected by the Rubells such as Robert Colescott, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Renée Green, David Hammons, Barkley Hendricks, Kerry James Marshall, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker and Carrie Mae Weems, but also those who have recently been catapulted to the forefront of the art world, such as Kalup Linzy, Nick Cave, Iona Rozeal Brown, Rashid Johnson, Mikalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Kehinde Wiley and Wangechi Mutu.

Featured: local artist: Stephen M. Jackson was born in New Haven Connecticut into a family of rich historical heritage i...
06/08/2020

Featured: local artist: Stephen M. Jackson was born in New Haven Connecticut into a family of rich historical heritage including his uncle, artist and art professor Alex Brooks Jackson (A.B.Jackson) and inventor great-uncle Lewis Latimer, to name a few ancestors who encourage and inspire his artistry today.

By the age of 14 Jackson had moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands where he found a spiritual connection to his familial roots, the sea, the land and its people which helped shape both his philosophy on life and the subject matter of his future artistic works. His technical skill and focused detail in his art undoubtedly spun from his years of experience as an architectural and engineering draftsman and topographer in the Virgin Islands
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Mr. Jackson has resided in Southern California since 1989 when he created Africarib Arts studio/boutique. As a former art director of Hill Street Café Gallery, he curated and organized art shows featuring the works of local and visiting artists to Oceanside California. He associates himself with Muramid Art and Culture Center in Oceanside as artist in residence,
He also prints his own designs producing an internationally popular catalog of shirt prints inspired by Caribbean culture and Reggae music. Mr. Jackson has been commissioned to create life like portraits, illustrate children's books for Dr. Doris Sims; created textile designs for Robert Kaufman Co. in Los Angeles and painted outdoor murals for the cities of Bellflower, Long Beach and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
For more information or queries regarding his commissioned work, please visit him on his page https://www.facebook.com/stephenjacksonart

Artist~ Van Monroe
06/03/2020

Artist~ Van Monroe

Benny Andrews (1930 - 2006) was an American of mixed African and European ancestry painter, print-maker, and creator of ...
06/03/2020

Benny Andrews (1930 - 2006) was an American of mixed African and European ancestry painter, print-maker, and creator of collages. During the 1950s, he studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he began to take an interest in painting. In 1958, he moved to New York City to pursue artistic and activist work.

Suggested Reading: Not only is the Prince of Darkness one of the most celebrated musicians of the twentieth century — cu...
06/03/2020

Suggested Reading: Not only is the Prince of Darkness one of the most celebrated musicians of the twentieth century — cue up Bitches Brew or Birth of the Cool, lean back and soak in those delicious grooves — but Miles Davis was one helluva painter. In fact, the jazz musician was so prolific as a painter — a discipline he took up in his mid-fifties and dove into headfirst — that in 2013 an entire book of his work, Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork, was published. “It’s like therapy for me, and keeps my mind occupied with something positive when I’m not playing music,” he once said. Influences in Davis’ work range from Picasso to Basquiat, often with a vivid African tribal-art bent.

“Murals not only beautify the city, but allow for messages of social change to proliferate communities who are typically...
06/01/2020

“Murals not only beautify the city, but allow for messages of social change to proliferate communities who are typically not addressed as change agents”

The history of murals reveals they have been and continue to be used as a platform for social concerns. Evidence of said purpose dates back 30,000 to 33,000 years ago, and has survived in the Chauvet Caves in Southern France. Pictures depicting horses, bears, panthers and lions, animals one can imagine were neighbors to the humans that drew their likenesses, still remain intact on the cave walls. The purpose of these murals, not unlike the murals that cover inner city walls today, were made to empower the Paleolithic communities. As a cave painting might have been used to warn fellow humans about the predators that await on the outside of the cave, today our murals are used to identify social concerns like police brutality that young black males and females may encounter when they step out into the world.

Today, as an act of resistance against brutal law enforcement upon black and brown bodies, artists have taken to public art to express their contempt. On walls around the world, you can find murals dedicated to the lives of fallen civilians who were victims of police brutality. These murals, in public spaces, Syria, Milan, LA etc allow the message of injustices to reach audiences who might not read newspaper editorials, attend community town hall meetings, or march at rallies about the issue. we are all in this together. #justiceforgeorgefloyd

FEATURED ARTIST: Anthony Gartmond is an award-winning graphite pencil artist. His creations of hyper realistic pencil im...
05/26/2020

FEATURED ARTIST: Anthony Gartmond is an award-winning graphite pencil artist. His creations of hyper realistic pencil images reveal a phenomenal skill of intricate details in his art work.

A native and resident of New Jersey, Anthony is now a retired prosecuting attorney of New Jersey. He devotes his time elevating his craft and exhibiting his art. He also makes himself available to do commissioned work as well.

Anthony Gartmond has been successfully exhibited at WBGO Jazz 88.3 in Newark, NJ, Astah's Fine Art Gallery in Maplewood, NJ, Moody Jones Gallery in the Philadelphia, PA metro area, and at the celebrated Art in The Atrium exhibition in Morristown, NJ. Moreover, his work currently appears on the online gallery of Philadelphia's renowned October Gallery. Currently he was selected as a Fine Arts Honoree by the Association of Black Women Lawyers.

Please visit him on FB “Anthony Gartmond Pencil Imagery” or his website https://www.gartmondcompositions.com/ F

John Holyfield Born and raised in Clarksburg, West Virginia, John Holyfield was orphaned and reared by his grandmothers....
05/24/2020

John Holyfield Born and raised in Clarksburg, West Virginia, John Holyfield was orphaned and reared by his grandmothers. Early in childhood, his interest in art was evident. Encouraged by teachers, family and friends, he studied art throughout school and went on to Howard University and the university of D.C. to major in graphic design. John's interests, however, soon switched to the finer arts. Realizing the appeal of his works, he entered the art market and has become a leading African-American artist. John's work has a strong southern folksy feel, capturing the essence of rural life. John paints with the maturity of a much older artist through the use of images that seem from an era past, yet with timeless messages. John's main themes are family, spirituality,

SUGGESTED READING: ARCHIBALD MOTLEY JAZZ AGE MODERNIST presents the remarkable paintings of Archibald John Motley Jr. (1...
05/16/2020

SUGGESTED READING: ARCHIBALD MOTLEY JAZZ AGE MODERNIST presents the remarkable paintings of Archibald John Motley Jr. (1891-1981), a Chicago-based artist legendary for his expressive, satire-laden, jazz-inflected canvases. At the the outset of the Harlem Renaissance- a time of cultural efflorescence for African Americans- Motley reveled in painting Chicago's black community:incisive portraits and energetic genre scenes that garnered accolades from art critics.

The editor Richard J Powell is a recognized authority on African American art and culture (and a frequent lecturer and media commentator on this topic both in the United States and abroad), has organized numerous art exhibitions, most notably: The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism (1989); Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance (1997); To Conserve A Legacy: American Art at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (1999); Back to Black: Art, Cinema, and the Racial Imaginary (2005); and Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist (2014).

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Dear America, As we witness Blacks and others taking to the streets to protest the murder of yet another unarmed black man, we must stop to ask ourselves how do we fit into all of this? The San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art (SDAAMFA) is compelled to join this conversation that has gone for too long with no sustained change. Some may ask, how do the arts fit in? For Blacks, art has been the eyes and ears of the movement. Painters, sculptors, musicians, poets, and photographers have historically used their time and talents to document and affect change. This continues in 2020. Today SDAAMFA asks that you join us in the fight for change. Join us as we thank . . . · the peaceful protestors who have taken to America's Streets. · Mr. Kaepernick and others in the NFL for "taking a knee". · the Black Lives Matter movement. · the Civil Rights activists for leading the way. · the artists novelists, poets, musicians as they integrate elements of the struggle in their work · the non blacks who sincerely want to see this nation change it’s narrative. We need . . . · to extend condolences to the hundreds of families who have loss loved ones at the hands of the police. · Americans to listen, so you can learn and acknowledge that we are all human with different levels of privilege. · the police, to listen first, so that they can respect and serve ALL of us! · to continue to protest and support those that do. · to vote for those who demonstrate a true willingness to work for change. · our federal, state and local legislators to be courageous in their leadership as the entire world watches. The San Diego African American Museum is dedicated to work for lasting change in America. We invite you to join us. With optimism, Gaidi Finnie Executive Director, SDAAMFA
POETS WITHOUT BORDERS Featuring Beat Poet Laureate Chris Vannoy, National Slam Poetry Champion Viet Mai, Taco Shop Poetess Jackie Lopez, Izzy Blaze, Yvonne King & Igor Goldkind Will Perform at the Mesa College Gallery Reception for Mario Torero: "Artivismo Loko" Mario Torero is an internationally renowned muralist and a legend of the Chicano community. The title of the exhibition includes a term that Torero coined: “artivism” as the marriage of art and activism. POETS WITHOUT BORDERS is Chris Vannoy, Viet Mai, Yvonne King, Izzy Blaze, Jackie Lopez, Igor Goldkind, a gipsy band of poets inspired by and dedicated to the Artivist vision inspired by artist/muralist Mario Torero. By using both visual and literary arts to promote progressive social change and voice resistance to injustice. POETS WITHOUT BORDERS promotes the higher values of Freedom, Justice, Liberty, Planetary Sustainability and Human Rights. Mainly by actively bringing art back to the public sphere: where we live, where we eat and where we recreate. We also think Poetry is better than prayer because you don’t have to pretend that someone is listening. Mesa College Art Gallery: 619 388-2829 Poets Without Borders: Igor Goldkind 858 349 6429
Black History Presentation @ Malcom X Library 5148 Market St. San Diego, CA 92114
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Greetings SDAAMFA, We would love to speak with you about being apart of our upcoming community event and Gala. [email protected]
Beautiful Queens and Kings. We are inviting you back to Black Girlz Rock 2017. This one day event is designed to connect, enhance, highlight our leading ladies in San Diego and direct our community to the next opportunities for our youth, entrepreneurship, employment, health and wellness and networking. Visit www.bgrsandiego.com. Share this experience. Vendors and Sponsorships are welcome. We would like to have a meeting with you and discuss a sponsorship or partnership with BGRSD