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Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Our Ancient Gods by Saturnino Herrán

Saturnino Herrán’s Our Ancient Gods is a masterful painting of Mexican Modernism from the early 20th century. It evokes the strength, dignity, and...

James W Singer 6 May 2022

Photography

Black Female Photographers Fighting for Social Inclusion of Marginalized People

This is a story of three black female photographers who through their documentary photographs, handle and explore gender identity and related topics...

Petra Dragasevic 28 April 2022

African Art

Martin Senkubuge: Fighting the Stigma of Vitiligo

At first glance, Martin Senkubuge’s drawings look like actual photographs. The artist is the founder of Part of Us, a visual campaign aimed to...

Vithória Konzen Dill 11 April 2022

Faith Ringgold, American People Series #20: Die, 1967. Review

American Icon – Faith Ringgold at the New Museum

Faith Ringgold is an artist, educator, storyteller, activist, mother, and the subject of a major retrospective at the New Museum in New York City.

Jennifer S. Musawwir 4 April 2022

Alma Thomas, Tiptoe Through the Tulips, 1969, acrylic on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Tiptoe Through the Tulips by Alma Thomas

The style of Alma Thomas has been compared to Byzantine mosaics and the Pointillism of Georges Seurat. However, it firmly belongs to the Washington...

James W Singer 14 March 2022

Women Artists

Augusta Savage: The Woman Who Defined 20th Century Sculpture

Augusta Savage was a sculptor whose name is often missing from the list of illustrious Harlem Renaissance artists. Throughout her life, she merged...

Anastasia Tsaleza 10 March 2022

Harriet Powers Women Artists

Harriet Powers: A Black Female Folk Artist Who Regained Her Glory

For much of the 20th century, the work of Harriet Powers, an enslaved and later emancipated Black folk artist, remained forgotten. It is especially...

Kristin Urban 8 March 2022

North American Art

The True Story of Pocahontas Shown in Art History

If you ask any kid in America who Elizabeth Candy Stanton was, you’ll probably get a silent stare. Mention Pocahontas and the majority will light...

Cecilia Dancourt 28 February 2022

Painting

Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration

As a child of the Great Migration, Jacob Lawrence was well placed to undertake such a mammoth task in detailing the journey from the rural South that...

Wendy Gray 24 February 2022

Contemporary Art

Black Artists Matter

In the past months I have been repeatedly asking myself what I, a white art historian (gosh, how privileged that already sounds), can do to help...

Magda Michalska 24 February 2022

Albert Namathira. Left: Albert namatjira painting. Right: Albert Namatjira, Central Australian landscape, c. 1953, Private collection. Artist Stories

Albert Namatjira: A Story of Success and Discrimination

In a time when the Australian government imposed a highly discriminatory policy on Aboriginal people, Albert Namatjira (1902-1959) conquered the art...

Jimena Escoto 23 February 2022

Nona Faustine, ‘Dorothy Angola, Stay Free, In Land Of The Blacks’, Minetta Lane, Village, NYC, 2021, from White Shoes (MACK, 2021). Courtesy the artist and MACK. Review

In Their Shoes: Nona Faustine’s White Shoes

The recent release of White Shoes: Nona Faustine makes the decade-long complete series of photographs by Brooklyn-based artist Nona...

Jennifer S. Musawwir 21 February 2022