#Black artists

North American Art

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 18 December 2021

Artist Stories

Faces of Mozambique: How Malangatana Reflected His Native Culture in Art

One of the most prominent African artists of the 20th century, Malangatana was a multitalented artist who had many dreams. He realized them with his...

Merve Parla 14 October 2021

Contemporary Art

A Vibrant Perspective: Ivey Hayes and His Colorful Works of Art

A vibrant perspective of Ivey Hayes’ art has always stood out in my mind. Before his death in 2012, the South Eastern North Carolina artist was...

Rachel Witte 31 August 2021

Artist Stories

Edward Tingatinga: The Founder of an African Artistic Tradition That Endures

Tingatinga is an art form specific to Tanzania. It originated in the works of a painter whose name was lent to the entire artistic movement. Edward...

Luciana Craciun 3 August 2021

Long Read

Colonial Looting of African Art: A Century in Exile

Have you ever wondered how European modern artists were inspired by African art? They certainly didn’t travel to the continent, and the answer...

Jimena Escoto 2 August 2021

Fashion

Fashion like a Russian: Kokoshnik, a Traditional Headdress

We all know the proverb Clothes speak for men. In the Russian national costume, a headdress called Kokoshnik played a significant role: it completed...

Elizaveta Ermakova 27 July 2021

Robert S. Duncanson: African-American Painter in the Spotlight

Nearly 150 years after his death, African-American landscape painter Robert S. Duncanson made headlines last month. This happened when his Landscape...

Alexandra Kiely 27 February 2021

Women Artists

They Are Black Because I’m Not White – Portraits by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Celebrated in 2018 with a solo show at the New Museum, the English painter of Ghanaian descent Lynette Yiadom-Boakye hypnotized me with the painting...

Magda Michalska 5 February 2021

Museum Stories

Lavett Ballard’s African American and Female Narratives

Lavett Ballard‘s work is currently on show in two exhibitions, When She Roars is on at the Long-Sharp Gallery and Women Heal through Rite and...

Maia Heguiaphal 14 December 2020

Emma Amos: The Story of the Postmodernist African-American Artist

Emma Amos is a great example of how a female, black artist can effect change and become someone in a racist and sexist time. On May 20th, 2020, Amos...

Arianna Richetti 18 November 2020

How Art Saved His Life: Story of Horace Pippin

It took Horace Pippin forty–three years to complete his first oil painting. Why so long? Because poverty, hard physical work, war, and...

Magda Michalska 5 October 2020

Contemporary Art

The Multi-Sensory Universe of Nick Cave

Nick Cave activates our imaginations with his tangible soundsuit sculptures, soulful dance performances and whimsical installations.

Marga Patterson 14 August 2020