#Black artists

African Art

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. The answer is...

Jimena Escoto 27 May 2022

Music

All Louvre Masterpieces from Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s APES**T Video Explained

The famous music video shows Jay-Z and Beyoncé at the Louvre Museum in Paris. There are shots of them standing in front of the Mona Lisa wearing...

Zuzanna Stańska 9 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

Women Artists

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

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 24 March 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

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

Edmonia Lewis Women Artists

The Fabulous Sculpture and Mysterious Life of Edmonia Lewis

Edmonia Lewis (c. 1844-1907) was quite a force of nature. She was an African-American and Native-American woman who became an...

Alexandra Kiely 24 February 2022

Women Artists

Dream-like Artworks: Minnie Evans’ Divine Inspiration

Folk Art, Surrealist, Visionary, Americana, call it what you will. Minnie Evans’ (1892-1987) dream-like artworks speak of another world, a world...

Rachel Witte 24 February 2022