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Jeffrey Gibson: the space in which to place me
Jeffrey Gibson: the space in which to place me
2024 U.S. Pavilion | 60th La Biennale di Venezia April 20 - November 24, 2024

The United States Pavilion at the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia presents a multidisciplinary exhibition by Jeffrey Gibson, an artist recognized for a hybrid visual language that employs abundant color, complex pattern, and text to articulate the confluence of American, Indigenous, and Queer histories and imagine new futures. Gibson’s exhibition for the U.S. Pavilion, the space in which to place me, engages concepts that have shaped the artist’s practice over his 20-year career. Bringing together sculpture, multimedia paintings, paintings on paper, and video, the exhibition explores the dimensions of collective and individual identity and the forces that shape its perception across time. 

Jeffrey Gibson | Representing the U.S. and Critiquing It in a Psychedelic Rainbow
Jeffrey Gibson | Representing the U.S. and Critiquing It in a Psychedelic Rainbow
The New York Times April 13, 2024

By Jillian Steinhauer

Jeffrey Gibson’s history-making turn at the Venice Biennale brings the gay and Native American artist center stage with works of struggle and freedom. 

People in Venice might hear the jingle dress dancers before they see them. On April 18, some 26 intertribal Native American dancers and singers from Oklahoma and Colorado will make their way through the winding streets and canals of the Italian city. Wearing brightly colored shawls, beaded yokes and dresses decorated with the metal cones that give the dance its distinctive cshh cshh rattling sound, they’ll make their way to the Giardini, one of the primary sites of the Venice Biennale. There, they’ll climb atop and surround a large red sculpture composed of pedestals of different heights and perform.

The jingle dress dance, which originated with the Ojibwe people of North America in the early 20th century, typically takes place at powwows. In Venice, it will inaugurate the exhibition in the United States Pavilion on April 20. Titled “the space in which to place me,” the show is a mini-survey of the rapturous art of the queer Choctaw and Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson. Flags, paintings, sculptures and a video envelop and fill the stately building with proliferating geometric patterns, intricate beadwork, evocative text, a psychedelic overdose of color and political references to Indigenous and broader American histories.

The Hirshhorn took its modern art treasures out of the vault. It’s a joy | Featuring Amoako Boafo
The Hirshhorn took its modern art treasures out of the vault. It’s a joy | Featuring Amoako Boafo
The Washington Post April 10, 2024

Review by Kriston Capps

From Grandma Moses to Rashid Johnson, “Revolutions” spans a ludicrous range of painters. Right from the start, the show dials up the contrasts: The first works to greet viewers are a stately 1884 portrait by society painter John Singer Sargent hanging next to an electric 2020 portrait by Ghanaian star Amoako Boafo. 

Roughly speaking, these works could serve as chronological capstones for the Hirshhorn’s collection. But there’s something else to this pairing: It’s an unlikely diptych that tees up the push-and-pull between figuration and abstraction that defines the collection — and the century.

Betye Saar Is Making Some of the Best Work of Her Life
Betye Saar Is Making Some of the Best Work of Her Life
The New York Times April 5, 2024

Interviewed by Guy Trebay

"The main challenge, I guess, to being an artist is how to make a living. But being a creative person means you have to find ways to do this. I studied design at U.C.L.A., and after I graduated, I made greeting cards, I made jewelry, I got into printmaking and then sold my prints. I taught art classes in colleges all over the states. My creativity kept evolving with my needs as I got married and bought a house, had my daughters and put them through college. Through it all, I loved making art. It kept me going."

Twelve Years Ago, Jeffrey Gibson Was on the Verge of Quitting Art. Now, He’s a Venice Biennale Star
Twelve Years Ago, Jeffrey Gibson Was on the Verge of Quitting Art. Now, He’s a Venice Biennale Star
Cultured Magazine April 1, 2024

By Melissa Smith

It’s almost time for the art-world Olympics, as the Venice Biennale is often described. In a historic first, artist Jeffrey Gibson, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and of Cherokee descent, will represent the United States this year. Commissioned by the Portland Art Museum in Oregon in collaboration with SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico, Gibson is working with curators Abigail Winograd and Kathleen Ash-Milby to organize an exhibition that brings together an oeuvre so far-reaching it defies easy categorization.

Creating Impact: Artist Legacies in the 21st Century | Featuring Black Rock Senegal
Creating Impact: Artist Legacies in the 21st Century | Featuring Black Rock Senegal
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA Tuesday March 26, 2024 at 7:30PM

Artist foundations are historically rooted in the stewardship of an artist’s own works, but more and more artists are choosing inventive approaches to make a greater impact. Moderator James Bewley, Senior Program Officer at the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, examines these models with Yona Backer, Director of Third Streaming which oversees the Alvin Baltrop Trust, Anthony Huberman, Director of Giorno Poetry Systems, Kéwé Lô, Director of Kehinde Wiley’s organization Black Rock Senegal, and Elizabeth Smith, Executive Director of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

London’s Royal Academy Looks Critically at Its Past | Featuring Betye Saar
London’s Royal Academy Looks Critically at Its Past | Featuring Betye Saar
Hyperallergic March 25, 2024

By Olivia McEwan

In "Constructing Whiteness," white walls ingeniously link to the text conceptually, explaining the extent to which the British cotton economy relied on the labor of enslaved people in the Southern United States. Nearby is LA-based artist Betye Saar’s I’ll Bend But I Will Not Break (1998), an iron shackled to an ironing board bearing an 18th-century diagram of the British slave ship Brookes, behind which is a cotton sheet bearing the Ku Klux Klan symbol. 

Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC March 17 – July 28, 2024

In the 20th century, textiles have often been considered lesser—as applied art, women’s work, or domestic craft. Woven Histories challenges the hierarchies that often separate textiles from fine arts. Putting into dialogue some 160 works by more than 50 creators from across generations and continents, the exhibition explores the contributions of weaving and related techniques to abstraction, modernism’s preeminent art form.  

The Black Doll Symposium | Featuring Betye Saar
The Black Doll Symposium | Featuring Betye Saar
Duke University, Department of African and African American Studies March 15th - March 16th, 2024

Hosted by the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University, The Black Doll Symposium is a virtual, interdisciplinary conference convened to celebrate and discuss the exciting and varied topic of black dolls. We are thrilled to invite everyone in the diverse community of collectors, curators, dollmakers, scholars, and advocates of Black dolls to join us for two days of roundtable discussions, film screenings, and audience Q&A sessions.

On Earth | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
On Earth | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, MO March 8 – August 4, 2024

On Earth features six artists who use moving images to explore the complex relationships between humans and the natural environment. The film and video works in this exhibition present land as a central figure, introducing themes of temporality, ritual, memory, territory, loss, and birth. Offering critical readings on the often destructive relationship between humankind and the earth, the artists also advance visions for alternative futures. The artworks directly engage with challenging realities, while acknowledging the joy, creativity, and growth that a relationship with land can provide.

Suchitra Mattai | We are nomads, we are dreamers
Suchitra Mattai | We are nomads, we are dreamers
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY May 11, 2024 –  August 25, 2024

We are nomads, we are dreamers is a solo exhibition of newly commissioned works by Suchitra Mattai, celebrating the migratory oceanic journeys of past, present, and future diasporic communities. Inspired by the Park’s position along the East River, which flows into the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, Mattai’s installation features a series of monumental, soft sculptures made from vintage saris. Activated by monthly dance performances, this exhibition pays homage to the artist’s Indo-Caribbean ancestors and the stories of many Queens residents.

Highlights of Frieze Los Angeles
Highlights of Frieze Los Angeles
Whitehot Magazine March 4, 2024

By Lita Barrie

One of the first galleries in L.A. to focus on African-American artists like legends Betye Saar and Kehinde Wiley, Roberts Projects has continued to represent significant black artists and help them develop their careers – from the emerging to the established. This tightly-curated selection of works subvert the meaning of “oasis” from diverse perspectives exploring the relief we seek from hardship.

To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC March 2–July 28, 2024

Organized by guest curator Nancy Strickland Fields (Lumbee), director/curator of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the upcoming exhibition To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art features works by 75 Indigenous artists from over 50 tribes throughout the United States and Canada, including eight from North Carolina.

Betye Saar: New Work—Roberts Projects
Betye Saar: New Work—Roberts Projects
FAD Magazine February 27, 2024

By Mark Westall 

Referencing the tradition of accumulative sculpture that characterizes artistic conventions, Saar’s mixed-media assemblages emerge from a unique succession of gestures that meaningfully build upon each other. This process of accumulation takes aesthetic objects with profound epistemic weight—such as vintage wooden boxes, found objects and photographs—and thoroughly transforms them into mythical entities compounded by historical time.

What Are Galleries Showing at Frieze L.A. 2024?
What Are Galleries Showing at Frieze L.A. 2024?
Ocula February 27, 2024

Roberts Projects is pleased to present a tightly-curated selection of works that interpret and subvert the meaning of 'oasis' from a diverse range of perspectives. Works by contemporary artists including Amoako Boafo, Daniel Crews-Chubb, Suchitra Mattai, Collins Obijiaku, Ed Templeton, and Brenna Youngblood conjure sensations of relief that nurture the human spirit while contemplating the hardships from which we seek refuge. Major hishlight sof the booth include Betye Saar's Oasis and Suchitra Mattai's between oceans

Dozens of Los Angeles galleries will mount science-related shows for the Getty’s next PST Art programme
Dozens of Los Angeles galleries will mount science-related shows for the Getty’s next PST Art programme
The Art Newspaper February 27, 2024

By Benjamin Sutton

This year’s edition of PST Art, the J. Paul Getty Trust’s recurring programme of exhibitions, events and scholarship, launches it's third edition on 15 September and looks at the intersections of art and science. While the entire lineup of gallery exhibitions that will be part of the PST Art programme has yet to be revealed, shows that are in store include Betye Saar exhibiting her large-scale, cyberpunk altar installation Mojotech (1987) at Roberts Projects, among other exhibitions at many of the city’s foremost galleries.

Jeffrey Gibson Will Bring Sculptures of Ancestral Spirits to Met Facade
Jeffrey Gibson Will Bring Sculptures of Ancestral Spirits to Met Facade
The New York Times February 27, 2024

By Zachary Small

Last summer, Jeffrey Gibson received an honor that most artists wait for their entire lives. Would he represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, the art world’s version of the Olympics? Only a few weeks after accepting, there was another auspicious ring on the telephone. It was the curator David Breslin, wondering if Gibson would become the sixth artist to alter the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s facade with newly commissioned sculptures. For the commission, Gibson will return to the ancestral spirit figures he started assembling in 2015. They will be on view from September 2025 through May 2026.

LA Collector Eileen Harris Norton on a Lifetime Spent Championing Artists of Color | Featuring Betye Saar
LA Collector Eileen Harris Norton on a Lifetime Spent Championing Artists of Color | Featuring Betye Saar
Artnet News February 26, 2024

In what is sure to be a highlight of Frieze Los Angeles this year, Eileen Harris Norton will debut her book All These Liberations in a panel discussion about the dramatic rise of the city’s contemporary art scene in recent decades, as well as the collector and philanthropist’s role as an indefatigable champion of artists of color, particularly women. The scholarly tome—edited by Taylor Renee Aldridge, a curator at the California African American Museum (CAAM), who will join the discussion along with artist Alison Saar—places Harris Norton at the heart of a burgeoning milieu of marginalized voices starting in the 1980s and traces the social and civic purpose with which she has approached collecting. That is to say, with boundless curiosity and compassion.

Jeffrey Gibson: no simple word for time
Jeffrey Gibson: no simple word for time
Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, UK 24 February - 4 August 2024

In his first solo exhibition at a UK museum, American artist Jeffrey Gibson (b.1972) will create a new site-specific installation for the Sainsbury Centre. The first Indigenous artist to represent the USA at this year’s Venice Biennale, Gibson is a painter and sculptor whose work is held in many major American collections. Incorporating murals, paintings, textiles and historical objects, Gibson’s work also weaves together text drawn lyrics, poetry and his own writing, complete with references to abstraction, fashion and popular culture.

Ed Templeton’s photographs capture the mayhem and exhilaration of life as a pro skater
Ed Templeton’s photographs capture the mayhem and exhilaration of life as a pro skater
Los Angeles Times February 17, 2024

You may know Ed Templeton as a painter. (He is part of the stable of artists at Roberts Projects on La Brea). You may know him as a photographer. (His images of punks, weirdos and burnouts in the environs of Huntington Beach appear regularly in exhibitions and surface regularly on his Instagram, @ed.templeton). You may also know him from his appearance, with Deanna Templeton, a fellow artist and his wife, in Beautiful Losers, a 2008 documentary directed by Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard that chronicled the scene around the Alleged Gallery in downtown Manhattan in the 1990s. The film came after a related exhibition and catalog. In addition to all of these various roles, Templeton, in the early 1990s and early 2000s, was a professional skateboarder. And throughout those years, he was never without a 50-millimeter camera.

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe | Embodiment
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe | Embodiment
Gana Art, Seoul, South Korea February 16, 2024 - March 10, 2024

Gana Art is set to host the first solo exhibition of Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe in Asia, titled Embodiment. Born and raised in Ghana, Quaicoe graduated from Ghanatta College of Art and Design for Fine Art and moved to Oregon in 2017 where he actively participated in institutional exhibitions including the Rubell Museum (Miami, FL), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) and Museo Picasso Malaga (Malaga, Spain). Also appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue and Vanity Fair, his work is in the permanent collection of the Vanhaerents Art Collection in Brussels, the Denver Art Museum and other major venues.

Jeffrey Gibson Unveils a Limited-Edition Blanket: "I Feel Real When You Hold Me"
Jeffrey Gibson Unveils a Limited-Edition Blanket: "I Feel Real When You Hold Me"
Sotheby’s February 15, 2024

Jeffrey Gibson, 51, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and an artist of Cherokee descent, is the first Indigenous artist to represent the United States with a solo exhibition. He plans to unveil new sculpture, painting and multimedia work at his pavilion, as well as a site-specific installation in the courtyard. To help fund the project, Portland Art Museum and SITE Santa Fe have partnered with Sotheby’s and Sharon Coplan Hurowitz to publish a series of limited-edition cashmere blankets featuring Gibson’s design. Beginning today, an exclusive release of 60 blankets will be offered to the public on Sotheby’s Marketplace.

California Dreamin’: Artists Shaped by LA and the Golden State at Frieze Los Angeles
California Dreamin’: Artists Shaped by LA and the Golden State at Frieze Los Angeles
Frieze February 14, 2024

LA-based Roberts Projects will exhibit works by artists that interpret and/or subvert the idea of “oasis” from a range of perspectives. A major highlight of the booth is Betye Saar’s neon work Oasis, which debuted at MOCA Los Angeles in 1984. This year marks the 40th anniversary of that transcendent solo exhibition of room-sized installations, which offered profound insight into tradition, spirituality and African American identity. 

Jeffery Gibson | Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art
Jeffery Gibson | Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art
Barbican, London February 13, 2024 - May 26, 2024

Jeffery Gibson is included in Unravel: the Power and Politics of Textiles in Art at Barbican, London. The exhibition sets out to ask why textiles are a particularly resonant medium to address ideas of gender and sexuality, the movement and displacement of people, and histories of extraction and violence, as well as understanding the world through connecting with ancestral practices and communing with nature. 

Justin Williams’ paintings take inspiration from an infamous Australian cult
Justin Williams’ paintings take inspiration from an infamous Australian cult
It's Nice That February 12, 2024

By Yaya Azariah Clarke

Throughout Justin’s oeuvre, there is a powerful presence of folklore. There is often a central character on his canvas, spilling a narrative to a tight-knit group or simply into the ether. There’s a stroke of mystery with a heavy dose of the human condition; pensive thoughts and people searching for something – objects, answers – beyond themselves.

Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys | Featuring Kehinde Wiley
Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys | Featuring Kehinde Wiley
The Brooklyn Museum February 10, 2024 - July 7, 2024

Gordon Parks. Jean-Michel Basquiat. Lorna Simpson. Kehinde Wiley. Nina Chanel Abney. These names loom large in the past and present of art—as do many others in the collection of musical and cultural icons Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) and Alicia Keys. Expansive in their collecting habits, the Deans, both born and raised in New York, champion a philosophy of “artists supporting artists.” The first major exhibition of the Dean Collection, Giants showcases a focused selection from the couple’s world-class holdings. The Brooklyn Museum’s presentation spotlights works by Black diasporic artists, part of our ongoing efforts to expand the art-historical narrative.

An Indigenous Present: A Conversation with Jeffrey Gibson, Dyani White Hawk, and Jenelle Porter
An Indigenous Present: A Conversation with Jeffrey Gibson, Dyani White Hawk, and Jenelle Porter
Whitney Museum of American Art February 7, 2024

Conceived by artist Jeffrey Gibson, An Indigenous Present reflects the diverse and expanding field of Indigenous creative practices. To celebrate the publication of this landmark volume, Gibson, co-editor Jenelle Porter, and contributing artist Dyani White Hawk join in conversation with Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director. 

Entangled Pasts: 1768 – Now | Featuring Betye Saar
Entangled Pasts: 1768 – Now | Featuring Betye Saar
The Royal Academy of Arts February 3 2024 - April 28, 2024

Betye Saar is featured in Entangled Pasts: 1768 – Now at The Royal Academy of Art. Entangled Pasts explores themes of migration, exchange, artistic traditions, identity and belonging, creating connections across time which explore questions of power, representation and history. 

 

Entangled Pasts: 1768 – Now | Featuring Kehinde Wiley
Entangled Pasts: 1768 – Now | Featuring Kehinde Wiley
The Royal Academy of Arts February 3, 2024 - April 28, 2024

Kehinde Wiley is featured in Entagled Pasts: 1768 – Now at the Royal Academy of Art. The exhibition bring together major contemporary and historical works as part of a conversation about art and its role in shaping narratives of empire, enslavement, resistance, abolition and colonialism – and how it may help set a course for the future.

Ed Templeton | Wires Crossed: The Culture of Skateboarding
Ed Templeton | Wires Crossed: The Culture of Skateboarding
Long Beach Museum of Art February 2, 2024 - May 5, 2024

In his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, the Long Beach Museum of Art presents Ed Templeton’s 17-year photographic project, Wires Crossed: The Culture of Skateboarding, 1995-2012, which explores youth culture through Templeton’s lens and peers into the lives of amateur and professional skateboarders.

 

Things that are not meant to work; an interview with Justin Williams
Things that are not meant to work; an interview with Justin Williams
Autre Magazine January 31, 2024

By Chimera Mohammadi

In Justin Williams’s newest exhibition, Synonym, at Roberts Projects, waves of stories collide and crash across timelines, pouring onto the canvas in lush and decadent palettes. Williams creates wormholes between his ancestral memories and the present day.

At 97, Betye Saar Traces Her Decades-Long Relationship With Art Back to This Unexpected Source
At 97, Betye Saar Traces Her Decades-Long Relationship With Art Back to This Unexpected Source
Cultured Magazine January 29, 2024

By Mara Veitch

As a child, Betye Saar witnessed the construction of the Watts Towers from broken glass, rusty tools, and seashells, and determined that history is best represented in the detritus of real people’s lives. Though she’s sworn off of deadlines, Saar has one more museum show in the works, Drifting Toward Twilight, now on view at The Huntington in Saar’s native Los Angeles.

 

Betye Saar | Under The Silver Moon
Betye Saar | Under The Silver Moon
Flaunt Magazine January 26, 2024

Betye Saar's Under The Silver Moon is featured on Flaunt Magazine's 25th anniversary cover. When asked where was the most magical moon she's ever observed, Saar responded:

"Up at Yonderosa, my daughter’s desert ranch, there are many magical moons. The new moon that looks just like a sliver of a fingernail. Or the full moon that casts a shadow of the Joshua Trees almost like a flashlight."

Artist Jeffrey Gibson on Native American Histories, the Pet Shop Boys, and the Call of Community
Artist Jeffrey Gibson on Native American Histories, the Pet Shop Boys, and the Call of Community
Artnet News January 26, 2024

By Katie White

“I’ve been thinking a lot about how time unfolds, how culture unfolds,” said Jeffrey Gibson, in a conversation this past December. “We live in a time right now where we can look in retrospect and try to understand how one thing led to the next. But looking into the future, it’s nearly impossible to determine what happens next.” 

Groove: Artists and Intaglio Prints, 1500 to Now | Featuring Betye Saar
Groove: Artists and Intaglio Prints, 1500 to Now | Featuring Betye Saar
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA December 16, 2023 – June 16, 2024

Groove surveys over five hundred years of intaglio prints drawn from the extensive collections of the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum. The intaglio medium comprises engravings, etchings, dry point, aquatint, and mezzotint, all of which involve the use of a copper or zinc plate that is incised, inked, and printed. These materials and techniques have remained more or less the same since the fifteenth century. The exhibit includes examples of Renaissance engraving, through contemporary etchings.

Betye Saar’s Stellar Installation
Betye Saar’s Stellar Installation
Frieze January 15, 2024

By Stephanie Seidel

Celestial bodies, constellations and zodiac signs feature prominently in the work of American artist Betye Saar. Through ritual acts, she assembles syncretic spaces that incorporate spiritual, autobiographical and politically charged elements foraged from flea markets and the annals of history. 

Common Threads | Featuring Suchitra Mattai
Common Threads | Featuring Suchitra Mattai
Apple Park January 8, 2024 - April 5, 2024

Suchitra Mattai is featured in Common Threads, an exhibition at Apple Park. Her work, show pony, weaves together vintage saris to celebrate the spirit and labor of women, shaping a future that is imagined but not yet fully visible. 

Jeffrey Gibson’s 15-Year Survey Is an Unapologetic Expression of Love
Jeffrey Gibson’s 15-Year Survey Is an Unapologetic Expression of Love
Artsy December 29, 2023

By Clare Gemima

At the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University, Jeffrey Gibson’s current solo exhibition, They Teach Love, stands as a vibrant departure from the conventional narratives entrenched in the Western art canon.

Wangari Mathenge's paintings reframe Kenya's domestic workers
Wangari Mathenge's paintings reframe Kenya's domestic workers
i-D Magazine January 5, 2024

In a painting from the series A Day of Rest, the London and Chicago based painter Wangari Mathenge depicts three women sitting by the fireplace in her studio in Kenya. The A Day of Rest series portrays 20 women the artist found through an organisation that trains and empowers domestic workers. The first paintings in the series were created in 2023. Wangari will be painting further works this year. 

Kehinde Wiley: A Portrait of a Young Gentleman
Kehinde Wiley: A Portrait of a Young Gentleman
Huntington Art Gallery, Thornton Portrait Gallery, San Marino, California Currently on view

Kehinde Wiley's A Portrait of a Young Gentleman, is currently at The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.  The large-scale portrait was inspired by Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy (ca. 1770). Commissioned through Roberts Projects, the new portrait celebrates the 100th anniversary of the purchase of the Gainsborough painting by Henry and Arabella Huntington, the founders of the institution.

Horizons | Featuring Lenz Geerk
Horizons | Featuring Lenz Geerk
Casa Masaccio, Corso, Italy September 23, 2023 – January 1, 2024

Lenz Geerk is included Horizons at Casa Masaccio which hosts six pictorial works by Antonietta Raphaël in dialogue with new works made for the occasion by Dominique Fung and Lenz Geerk. "Lenz Geerk subvert(s) the predominant male narrative by depicting women in action, surrounded by their work tools and rejecting stereotypes,” Cloé Perrone points out. Geerk, in fact, titling all the works on display Helen, focuses all the attention on the female figure. 

The Defining Artworks of 2023 | Featuring Betye Saar
The Defining Artworks of 2023 | Featuring Betye Saar
ARTnews December 18, 2023

In its own room in the Huntington Library’s American art galleries is a new commission (and acquisition) by longtime LA-based artist Betye Saar. At the center of this blue-lit gallery is a 17-foot vintage wood canoe that Saar had had in her collection for a number of years. Where is this boat going? Saar has left it intentionally open ended, but in the room there is a palpable sense of hope—of a new beginning just on the horizon. 

Anonymous Was A Woman Names Suchitra Mattai Among 2023 Winners
Anonymous Was A Woman Names Suchitra Mattai Among 2023 Winners
ARTnews December 14, 2023

By Maximilíano Durón

Suchitra Mattai is among the 15 Anonymous Was A Woman 2023 winners. Anonymous Was A Woman is a grant-making nonprofit that has awarded over $7 million to women-identifying artists since 1996. The list of nearly 300 past recipients is a who’s who of today’s leading artists, many of whom received the award at critical points in their careers.

Light Work Podcast Features Reginald Sylvester II
Light Work Podcast Features Reginald Sylvester II
Light Work Podcast December 13, 2023

Interview by Folasade Ologundudu

Reginald has his first solo show open right now at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles when we sit down to talk about his work and art practice. Reginald Sylvester II works predominantly in abstraction, making large-scale paintings and sculptures which often include found objects. His show at Roberts Projects, T-1000, features new and interconnected sculptures and paintings. In his latest series he transcends the traditional canvas, discovering novel methods of creative process through experimentation with and investigation into physical, industrial, and spiritual engagements with rubber, steel, and aluminum.

The 10 Best Booths at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2023
The 10 Best Booths at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2023
Artsy December 7, 2023

At the booth of Roberts Projects, visitors are greeted with a meticulously curated selection of artworks, each a standout in its own right, making it a challenge to pinpoint just a few highlights. Jeffrey Gibson—who will represent the U.S. at next year’s Venice Biennale—is renowned for his large-scale beaded paintings and mixed-media works, and presents a new piece at the booth: LOVE ME WITH ALL MY FAULTS (2023), priced at $120,000. At the other entrance is the more muted but equally striking Crossers (2023) by Luke Agada, selling for $12,000. As if distorted by heat, an image appears wavy and shimmering, as if rippling in a heat haze, with lines bending and colors blending in a mirage-like effect.

Black Rock Sénégal Partners with Kehinde Wiley on Limited Edition Prints
Black Rock Sénégal Partners with Kehinde Wiley on Limited Edition Prints

Kehinde Wiley announces the release of his latest limited-edition print, Portrait of Marie-Agnès Diene, in alliance with Black Rock Sénégal and Kehinde Wiley Shop. This charitable partnership marks the fourth annual collaboration between the artist and Black Rock Sénégal, a dynamic artist-in-residence program in Dakar dedicated to fostering creative exchange and dialogue throughout the African diaspora. Since 2019, Black Rock Sénégal has partnered with Kehinde Wiley to produce a series of unique charitable print editions, with 100% of sale proceeds going directly towards the general operating support of Black Rock Sénégal.

Reginald Sylvester II’s Afrofuturistic Works Are Omens of The Apocalypse
Reginald Sylvester II’s Afrofuturistic Works Are Omens of The Apocalypse
Elephant Magazine November 30, 2023

T-1000 opens at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles and is named in reference to the Terminator 2: Judgement Day villain—an artificially intelligent shapeshifter that utilizes different metals to take human form and wreak havoc. With materials like rubber, steel, and paint, Sylvester’s new body of work examines the impact of living in an intelligence-driven state and the harm that these forms of oppression have on our current and future lives. You need not fear a moment when cyborgs project themselves from the future when we have our own very real horrors unfolding right before our eyes. 

For Jeffrey Gibson, Beauty Has a Purpose
For Jeffrey Gibson, Beauty Has a Purpose
W Magazine November 29, 2023

Interview by Camille Okhio

"Painting is what I knew and understood first. I always thought I would move to New York and be an artist. Painting completed that picture for me. The other ones I became interested in later. Through movement, I wanted to communicate being free in your body. I want to show many bodies of color, in joy and movement, without self-consciousness. When you are a queer person of color, there are so many codes you grow up thinking you’re responsible for. Performance has given me the entitlement to put those down and listen to my body and what it wants."

Mia Middleton now represented by Roberts Projects
Mia Middleton now represented by Roberts Projects

Roberts Projects is thrilled to announce representation of Mia Middleton, whose pictorial works explore interiority, memory and evocation. Middleton’s intimate paintings capture a tension and threshold between conscious and subconscious, desire and aversion, reality and fantasy. This announcement follows the gallery’s first exhibition of Middleton’s work – Love Story – this past April. 

Middleton is a semiotician in a profoundly visual sense. Often working in a sequence of poetic vignettes, Middleton’s uncanny ability to delve into the transience of existence invites viewers to contemplate the interplay between interiority and exteriority, corporeality and the world beyond. The artist’s skillful manipulation of composition, color and subject matter produces striking freeze-frames that compels viewers to cross the threshold into a profound psychological exploration.

Betye Saar Reassembles the Lives of Black Women
Betye Saar Reassembles the Lives of Black Women
The New Yorker November 20, 2023

By Hilton Als

Betye Saar’s studio and house, where she has lived for more than sixty years—she is now ninety-seven—are dedicated to history, especially American history as it relates to Black women. In her work, that history is often told through pop-culture artifacts, which, in Saar’s hands, take on a witty poetic resonance—an aura—that they wouldn’t otherwise have. Her layered assemblages, which sometimes resemble the interior of a hope chest, are also filled with inquiry: into the nature of mythology, and specifically how and why we mythologize the Black woman.

Kehinde Wiley | An Archaeology of Silence
Kehinde Wiley | An Archaeology of Silence
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX November 19, 2023 – May 27, 2024

Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence showcases Kehinde Wiley’s new, monumental body of work created against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, and the global rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. The exhibition premiered earlier this year at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the MFAH is the first stop on the tour. Expanding upon his “Down” series from 2008, the American artist (born 1977) meditates on the deaths of young Black people slain around the world. The works in An Archaeology of Silence stand as elegies and monuments, underscoring the fraught terms in which Black people are rendered visible, especially at the hands of systemic violence.

Our Own Work, Our Own Audiences: New Directions in Indigenous Arts
Our Own Work, Our Own Audiences: New Directions in Indigenous Arts
REDCAT, Disney Concert Hall Complex Friday, November 17th, 7:30 PM

REDCAT, the CalArts School of Art, and IndigenousArts@CalArts are pleased to welcome the editors, book designer, and artist contributors of the landmark anthology, An Indigenous Present, for an evening of conversation and celebration. Our Own Work, Our Own Audiences celebrates the release of An Indigenous Present (published by BIG NDN Press/DelMonico Books) which surveys an intergenerational field of Indigenous North American contemporary artists, musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, architects, writers, photographers, and designers whose work upends the conventions of the mainstream art world and non-Native publics by making work that embodies Indigenous ways of being and knowing.

Black Rock Senegal Now Accepting Applications for Year 5 of Multidisciplinary Artist-in-Residency Program
Black Rock Senegal Now Accepting Applications for Year 5 of Multidisciplinary Artist-in-Residency Program

Black Rock Senegal announces they are now accepting applications for the next cycle of the multidisciplinary artist-in-residency program located in Dakar, Senegal. Named for the volcanic rocks that blanket its shoreline, Black Rock is a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley in 2019. The residency brings together international artists to live and work in Dakar, Senegal for 1–3 month stays.

Suchitra Mattai now represented by Roberts Projects
Suchitra Mattai now represented by Roberts Projects

Roberts Projects is honored to announce representation of Suchitra Mattai. This announcement follows the gallery’s first exhibition of Mattai’s work – In the absence of power. In the presence of love. – this past July.  

The Guyana-born artist explores how memory, myth, and oral traditions can be used to unravel colonial and patriarchal narratives. Drawing from European tapestry traditions, Indian miniature painting, and other craft-based traditions like embroidery and weaving, she imagines a “future space” where new mythologies are formed to celebrate and monumentalize the experiences and labor of brown women. 

An Indigenous Present: Indigeneity in Made in L.A. 2023
An Indigenous Present: Indigeneity in Made in L.A. 2023
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA Wednesday, November 15th 7:30PM

Celebrating the launch of the new book An Indigenous Present, conceived by artist Jeffrey Gibson, this panel takes a closer look at Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living from the perspective of Indigenous intersectionality. Made in L.A. artists Teresa Baker, Melissa Cody, Ishi Glinsky, and Esteban Ramón Pérez join Gibson and curator Pablo José Ramírez in this conversation on Indigeneity through a larger understanding of native land, diasporic and queer histories, mestizaje, and ideas of ancestry.

Betye Saar installation view
Betye Saar | Drifting Toward Twilight
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA November 11, 2023 – November 30, 2025

Renowned American artist Betye Saar’s large-scale work “Drifting Toward Twilight”—recently commissioned by The Huntington—is a site-specific installation that features a 17-foot-long vintage wooden canoe and found objects, including birdcages, antlers, and natural materials harvested by Saar from The Huntington’s grounds. The commission is personal for Saar, who has fond memories of visiting The Huntington as a child and of the trees and landscape in her north Pasadena neighborhood.

Betye saar film
Betye Saar | Drifting Toward Twilight
Documentary Film

A short documentary—produced by The Huntington and directed by Kyle Provencio Reingold, program director of Ghetto Film School LA—is presented within the exhibition, Betye Saar: Drifting Toward Twilight, at The Huntington. The film features footage of the work in progress in Saar’s studio, documenting her process of selecting natural materials in partnership with The Huntington’s Botanical curators.

New Roberts Projects Publication
New Roberts Projects Publication
Mia Middleton: Love Story

Realized for the exhibition Mia Middleton: Love Story, April 22 – June 3, 2023, at Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. Mia Middleton (b. 1988) is a Sydney-based artist whose pictorial works explore interiority, memory, and evocation. Middleton’s small-scale paintings capture a tension and threshold between conscious and subconscious, desire and aversion, reality, and fantasy. In these intimate freeze-frames, ephemeral moments are stripped of their context and suspended in time, intimating a narrative without creating one and inviting viewers into a psychological framework of uncertainty and discovery.

Suchitra Mattai’s Perfect Future
Suchitra Mattai’s Perfect Future
ArtReview October 30, 2023

The eclectic patterns, tasselled fabrics and intricate embroidery in Suchitra Mattai’s exhibition deliver a striking first impression. A handful of the artist’s largescale works dominate the three rooms of Roberts Projects housing her show. The most prominent of these is a group of massive, hanging soft-sculptures collectively titled phala (fruit) (all works 2023). These oversize ornaments are connected to the ceiling by silver chains and gold cords; some are spherical, and others are teardrop shaped. Each is wrapped in a mesh of saris woven so tightly it is almost impossible to tell where individual garments begin and end.

Paraventi: Folding Screens from the 17th to 21st Centuries | Featuring Betye Saar
Paraventi: Folding Screens from the 17th to 21st Centuries | Featuring Betye Saar
Fondazione Prada, Milan October 26, 2023 – February 2, 2024

“Paraventi: Folding Screens from the 17th to 21st Centuries” is an extensive exhibition curated by Nicholas Cullinan that investigates the histories and semantics of folding screens by tracing trajectories of cross-pollination between East and West, processes of hybridization between different art forms and functions, collaborative relationships between designers and artists, and the emergence of newly created works.

Cooking, Cleaning, Caring: Care Work in the Arts Since 1960 Featuring Betye Saar
Cooking, Cleaning, Caring: Care Work in the Arts Since 1960 Featuring Betye Saar
Josef Albers Museum October 22, 2023 - March 3, 2024

Betye Saar is included in Cooking, Cleaning, Caring: Care Work in the Arts Since 1960 at The Josef Albers Museum. Videos, photographs, installations and paintings by international artists that have brought together care work in art since 1960 deal with the social, economic and political meanings as well as the visibility of work that is mostly carried out by women.

Amoako Boafo | Soul of Black Folks
Amoako Boafo | Soul of Black Folks
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO October 8, 2023 – February 19, 2024

Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks is the debut museum solo exhibition tour for Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo (born 1984). One of the most acclaimed artists of his generation, Boafo’s works focus the viewers’ gaze on his subjects’ presence through his portraits representing Black life.

Accra! The Rise of a Global Art Community | Featuring Amoako Boafo and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Accra! The Rise of a Global Art Community | Featuring Amoako Boafo and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH October 6, 2023 – January 28, 2024

Accra! The Rise of a Global Art Community showcases the work of 18 artists who have deep connections to Accra, Ghana and their impact on global art discourse. Portraits, abstraction, textiles, works on papers and sculpture explore cultural identities, political histories, mythology, trauma and healing.

Mattai An Ocean Cradle
Forecast Form | Featuring Suchitra Mattai
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA October 5, 2023 – February 25, 2024

The show takes pains to get its arms around the region’s multifarious history, opening with Suchitra Mattai’s An Ocean Cradle, 2022, a broad tapestry woven of fragments of silky Indian saris. A conceptual seascape, it nods to South Asian heritage on various islands and in Guyana, where indentured Indian labor was imported to replace enslaved people when the practice was abolished in British Caribbean colonies in the 1830s.

Queer Nature | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
Queer Nature | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, London, England September 30 - October 29, 2023

In Queer Nature, New York based artist Jeffrey Gibson celebrates the beauty of plants and fungi with House of Spirits, an installation fusing vibrant colour and pattern. This large-scale, suspended artwork is intricately crafted to form a collage of printed fabrics, incorporating botanical illustrations alongside language and patterns informed by Gibson’s own perspectives on queerness, and the endless diversity of plants and nature.

Cowboy | Featuring Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Cowboy | Featuring Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver, CO September 29, 2023 - February 18, 2024

The exhibition Cowboy will bring together loans and new commissions from 27 artists representing a wide range of perspectives including Asian American artists, Latinx artists, and Native artists. The exhibition aims to shift the narrative of this figure’s cultural power and significance to be both historically accurate and creatively imaginative. 

In Conversation | Kehinde Wiley, Sarah Ligner, and Claire Tancons
In Conversation | Kehinde Wiley, Sarah Ligner, and Claire Tancons
Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac, Paris, France Wednesday, September 27 | 6:30–8pm

On the occasion of Kehinde Wiley's solo exhibition A Maze of Power at Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac, l'Université populaire is inviting the artist as well as Sarah Ligner and Claire Tancons to discuss the representation of power. The conference "Le pouvoir a-t-il une image?" will take place on Wednesday, September 27, from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Théâtre Claude Lévi-Strauss. Sarah Ligner is the Head of the Historical and Contemporary Globalization Collection at the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. Claire Tancons is a curator and art historian.

Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley | A Maze of Power
The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, France September 26, 2023 – January 14, 2024

Kehinde Wiley unveils an exclusive series of portraits of African heads of state. A project exploring the staging of power, on which the artist has been working confidentially since 2012. It was as a result of the election of Barack Obama in 2008 that Kehinde Wiley began to ponder the question of presidential leadership. In 2012, the American artist, whose work reinterprets representations of power and prestige in the history of portrait painting, imagined an original series dedicated to African heads of state.

Presidential Portraits by Kehinde Wiley, This Time From Africa
Presidential Portraits by Kehinde Wiley, This Time From Africa
The New York Times September 25, 2023

By Dionne Searcey

The American artist Kehinde Wiley shot to fame in 2018 with his unconventional presidential portrait, at least as far as U.S. presidential portraiture goes: Barack Obama seated amid a brightly colored, flowery background. Now, Mr. Wiley is again breaking the mold with a series of portraits of 11 current and former African presidents in an exhibition that opened Monday in Paris.

Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
Los Angeles County Museum of Art September 17, 2023 – January 21, 2024

Featuring Jeffrey Gibson, Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction foregrounds a robust if over-looked strand in art history’s modernist narratives by tracing how, when, and why abstract art intersected with woven textiles (and such pre-loom technologies as basketry, knotting, and netting) over the past century.

New Publication | Daniel Crews-Chubb x Flora Yukhnovich
New Publication | Daniel Crews-Chubb x Flora Yukhnovich
Ashmolean NOW

The book coincides with the first Ashmolean NOW exhibition which opened, July 2023. This first exhibition in the Ashmolean Now Program presents two linked solo shows: paintings/drawings by Flora Yukhnovich, and paintings/drawings by Daniel Crews-Chubb. The double-sided style of the book will mirror the exhibition concept, while presenting itself as a unique, well-designed object that has a life beyond the exhibition.

An Indigenous Present: Conversation with Jeffrey Gibson and Jenelle Porter
An Indigenous Present: Conversation with Jeffrey Gibson and Jenelle Porter
Broken Boxes Podcast September 1, 2023

Artist Jeffrey Gibson is joined by curator and co-editor of An Indigenous Present, Jenelle Porter, to talk about his practice and journey to this moment. Both Jeff and Jenelle share important and practical insight on how to navigate the art worlds and art markets and Jeffrey reminds us all that “Artists do have the power to set precedence in institutions." 
 

Photo by Sarah M. Golonka. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.
“Betye Saar: Drifting Toward Twilight” debuts at The Huntington on November 11
Pasadena Now August 29, 2023

Renowned American artist Betye Saar’s large-scale work Drifting Toward Twilight—commissioned by The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens—will go on view November 11, 2023, in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art.

Jeffrey Gibson: They Teach Love
Jeffrey Gibson: They Teach Love
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art | WSU, Spokane, WA August 22, 2023 – March 9, 2024

Jeffrey Gibson asks us to co-envision a future and to move toward it. Ceaselessly prioritizing collective imagination as a tool toward manifestation and realization, the artist has stated, “Don’t accept the circumstances you are in; acknowledge that you are in them and then find a future.” Gibson’s form of hard-earned optimism evokes a time frame that unites and collapses past, present, and future into a flowing and responsive mindset, rooted in the belief that a critical engagement with the past can help us shape a brighter horizon.

Jeffrey Gibson Tea Dance and Book Launch: An Indigenous Present
Jeffrey Gibson Tea Dance and Book Launch: An Indigenous Present
SITE Santa Fe Saturday, August 19 | 2–5pm

Join artist Jeffrey Gibson, who will represent the United States in the 60th Venice Biennale in 2024, at SITE SANTA FE to celebrate the launch of An Indigenous Present with DJ sets by Miss Ginger, Raashan Ahmad, and DJ 13pieces, dancing and book signing.

Black American Portraits | Featuring Wangari Mathenge, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Betye Saar, Kehinde Wiley
Black American Portraits | Featuring Wangari Mathenge, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Betye Saar, Kehinde Wiley
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN August 17, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Featuring more than 100 works drawn primarily from the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the exhibition spans more than two centuries and includes nineteenth-century studio photography; portraits from the Harlem Renaissance; images from the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Black Lives Matter eras; pictures of Black celebrities and political figures; and artists’ self-portraits.

New Publication | An Indigenous Present
New Publication | An Indigenous Present
Edited with Introduction by Jeffrey Gibson

This landmark volume is a gathering of Native North American contemporary artists, musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, architects, writers, photographers, designers and more. Conceived by Jeffrey Gibson, a renowned artist of Mississippi Choctaw and Cherokee descent, An Indigenous Present presents an increasingly visible and expanding field of Indigenous creative practice. It centers individual practices, while acknowledging shared histories, to create a visual experience that foregrounds diverse approaches to concept, form and medium as well as connection, influence, conversation and collaboration. An Indigenous Present foregrounds transculturalism over affiliation and contemporaneity over outmoded categories.

Panel Discussion | Transgressive Materiality
Panel Discussion | Transgressive Materiality
Roberts Projects Saturday July 29, 2023 4-6pm

Using the framework of “Transgressive Materiality,” a select group of curators and academics who are expert in the different fields of Craft processes, South Asian and Caribbean culture, discuss Suchitra’s practice as well as other contemporary artists and how the three aspects intertwine and inform the contemporary art landscape.

Jeffrey Gibson, Indigenous U.S. Artist, Is Selected for Venice Biennale
Jeffrey Gibson, Indigenous U.S. Artist, Is Selected for Venice Biennale
New York Times July 27, 2023

By Zachary Small

Jeffrey Gibson, a multimedia artist who challenges the absence of Native American practices in visual culture, will represent the United States at the next edition of the Venice Biennale.

He is one of the first Indigenous artists to represent the country at the Biennale, according to organizers with the State Department who selected Gibson for what is generally considered the art world’s version of the Olympics.

Jeffrey Gibson, artist. Photo by Brian Barlow.
Jeffrey Gibson to Represent United States at 60th Venice Biennale in 2024
July 27, 2023

U.S. Pavilion Presented by Portland Art Museum and SITE Santa Fe; Co-Commissioned by Kathleen Ash-Milby, Louis Grachos and Abigail Winograd

Roberts Projects congratulates Jeffrey Gibson who will represent the United States at the 2024 Venice Biennale. The Portland Art Museum in Oregon and SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, announced today that Jeffrey Gibson will represent the United States at La Biennale di Venezia, the 60th International Art Exhibition.

Kehinde Wiley Conversation on Sex, Gender + Identity
Kehinde Wiley Conversation on Sex, Gender + Identity
de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Koret Auditorium Saturday, July 22, 2023, 1 pm

The lives of Black people are often flattened through the limited gaze of anti-Blackness and white supremacy. This conversation will explore the nuances of being Black through an interdisciplinary lens of storytellers, artists, scholars, faith leaders, and activists.

Performance | Don’t Make Me Over by Jeffrey Gibson
Performance | Don’t Make Me Over by Jeffrey Gibson
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College Saturday, July 22, 2023

As part of the exhibtion - Indian Theater: Native Performance, Art, and Self-Determination since 1969 - a performance titled Don’t Make Me Over by artist Jeffrey Gibson featuring Arielle Twist (Nehiyaw [Cree]), drumming by Carol Powder of the drum group Chubby Cree, and custom tracks by Kahelelani Mahone (Kanaka Maoli [Hawaiian]) will debut Saturday, July 22, 2023 at Hessel Museum of Art.

 

Mapping an Art World: Los Angeles in the 1970s-80s | Featuring Betye Saar
Mapping an Art World: Los Angeles in the 1970s-80s | Featuring Betye Saar
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles June 18, 2023 – March 10, 2024

Mapping an Art World: Los Angeles in the 1970s-80s revisits the decades leading up to the founding of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in 1979 and the opening of MOCA’s Grand Avenue building in 1986.

After Finding Success Abroad, Amoako Boafo Is Using His Star Power to Support Ghana’s Art Scene
After Finding Success Abroad, Amoako Boafo Is Using His Star Power to Support Ghana’s Art Scene
ARTnews July 17, 2023

For Amoako Boafo, the best part of success is sharing it with his community, those who inspire him, and bringing along as many people as he can on his journey.

 

Building Faith in the Future Part 2: Five Women of the Black Arts Movement in Los Angeles
Building Faith in the Future Part 2: Five Women of the Black Arts Movement in Los Angeles
ARTnews July 11, 2023

While it originated in New York in the 1960s with Black literary activist Amiri Baraka, the Black Arts Movement quickly gained traction in Southern California in the wake of the 1965 Watts Rebellion in Los Angeles. Drawing on new mediums flourishing on the West Coast, the Black Arts Movement as it manifested there put the focus on community uplift and radical change.

Amoako Boafo | Soul of Black Folks
Amoako Boafo | Soul of Black Folks
Seattle Art Museum July 13 – September 10, 2023

Soul of Black Folks is the debut solo museum exhibition for Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo (b. 1984), one of the most influential artistic voices of his generation. Working primarily in portraiture, Boafo is known for his vibrant use of color and thick, improvisational gestures created by his finger painting technique.

Ashmolean NOW | Featuring Daniel Crews-Chubb
Ashmolean NOW | Featuring Daniel Crews-Chubb
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England July 8, 2023 – January 14, 2024

This summer, the Ashmolean launches its contemporary exhibition series Ashmolean NOW. The museum’s Gallery 8 will become a laboratory for contemporary artists who have been invited to create new work inspired by the Ashmolean’s historical collections.

Evan Nesbit: /ˈsɪn.kə.sɨs/
Evan Nesbit: /ˈsɪn.kə.sɨs/
Surface Magazine June 10 - July 8, 2023

Leaving one’s preconceptions at the door is easier said than done, but Nesbit’s latest exhibition demands just that. The boundary-blurring artist takes the rhetorical technique of synchysis, a deliberate jumbling of words to create a sense of bewilderment, and applies it to visual composition.

Black Rock Senegal photos of artists
Black Rock Senegal Announces artists for its 2023-2024 Artist-in-Residence program
July 5, 2023

Black Rock Senegal announced today the 2023-2024 participants for the fourth year of its Artist-in-Residence program. Founded by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley in 2019, Black Rock Senegal seeks to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about Africa. The fourth year of the program will run between August 2023 and May 2024 and will welcome sixteen artists from around the world.

Johnston Marklee converts historic Los Angeles car showroom into art gallery
Johnston Marklee converts historic Los Angeles car showroom into art gallery
Dezeen July 5, 2023

By Jenna McKnight

A vaulted ceiling punctured with skylights features in a 1940s auto dealership that architectural studio Johnston Marklee has converted into a bright home for the Roberts Projects art gallery. Roberts Projects chose the local studio to transform the brick and cinder-block building into its new home as it moved from Culver City to the mid-Wilshire district, which has seen an influx of art galleries in recent years.

Strike Fast, Dance Lightly:  Artists on Boxing | Featuring Amoako Boafo and Jeffrey Gibson
Strike Fast, Dance Lightly: Artists on Boxing | Featuring Amoako Boafo and Jeffrey Gibson
Flag Art Foundation June 16 - August 11, 2023

The FLAG Art Foundation and The Church are pleased to co-present Strike Fast, Dance Lightly: Artists on Boxing, an expansive, two-venue group exhibition that centers on the sport, psychology, ethos, and spectacle of boxing.

Mia Middleton Rewrites Her Own Love Story
Mia Middleton Rewrites Her Own Love Story
office magazine June 16, 2023

By Kayla Curtis-Evans 

Mia Middleton doesn’t accept many things at face value. Instead, she dissects the unexpected, the unknown, and the unexplored. Her exhibition at Roberts Projects, aptly titled, Love Story, is her version of a classic narrative exploring interpersonal relationships. With it, she dissects our expectations and assumptions when it comes to navigating the turbulence of love.

 

Roberts Projects Expands its Footprint With New L.A. Gallery
Roberts Projects Expands its Footprint With New L.A. Gallery
Interior Design June 7, 2023

By Annie Block

Roberts Projects, a welcome addition to the gallery scene in Johnston Marklee’s hometown of Los Angeles, occupies a 1940’s, former car dealership in the Mid-Wilshire district. The second commission from the client, the new gallery is three times the footprint of the original Culver City location, encompassing three intimate exhibition areas plus a daylit central hall.

A Living Legacy: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art | Featuring Amoako Boafo
A Living Legacy: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art | Featuring Amoako Boafo
Frye Art Museum, Seattle June 3 – September 17, 2023

A Living Legacy marks the Frye’s seventieth anniversary, bringing together eight artworks—all acquired in 2022 and on view at the museum for the first time. The exhibition reflects the museum’s engagement with both local and global artists and celebrates the collection as a unique, ever-evolving, and always imperfect chronicle of artistic production: a living legacy of the Fryes’ visionary patronage. 

A More Perfect Union: American Artists and the Currents of Our Time | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
A More Perfect Union: American Artists and the Currents of Our Time | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
The U.S. Department of State | Art in Embassies May 25 – June 29, 2023

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ Office of Art in Embassies is launching the traveling exhibition, A More Perfect Union: American Artists and the Currents of Our Time, as part of a year-long initiative for its 60th Anniversary called the Democracy Collection.

Bam Margera
Ed Templeton’s Unsparing Photographic Diary of Skateboarding Life
The New Yorker May 22, 2023

By Kelefa Sanneh

Ed Templeton's new book of photographs, “Ed Templeton: Wires Crossed,” published by Aperture, re-creates the years from 1995 to 2012, when he was skating and shooting obsessively. The photographs, many with lovingly handwritten captions, depict the intimacy and aimlessness of touring life: a van full of young people who feel as if they know everything important about one another, all of them always looking for something fun to do, and often finding it.

Colliding Visions: Contemporary California Collage | Featuring Betye Saar and Brenna Youngblood
Colliding Visions: Contemporary California Collage | Featuring Betye Saar and Brenna Youngblood
Riverside Art Museum May 18 – October 15, 2023

Illuminating concepts of identity, race, gender, and memory, Colliding Visions: Contemporary California Collage features 25 works by five Southern California artists – Chelle Barbour, Genevieve Gaignard, Patricia Jessup-Woodlin, Betye Saar, and Brenna Youngblood – whose unique viewpoints have been assembled as a visual conversation between the museum walls.

Ed Templeton looks back at the subversive skate culture of the 90s and 00s
Ed Templeton looks back at the subversive skate culture of the 90s and 00s
Dazed & Confused May 10, 2023

By Alex Merola

The photographer and skating legend speaks to us about his new photo book which brings together work from his archive, paying homage to the hedonistic, troubled kids from the skate parks of his youth.

The Huntington Commissions Artist Betye Saar to Create Site-Specific, Immersive Installation
The Huntington Commissions Artist Betye Saar to Create Site-Specific, Immersive Installation
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens May 3, 2023

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it has commissioned artist Betye Saar to create a large-scale, immersive installation for the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Provisionally titled Drifting Toward Twilight, the site-specific work will feature a 17-foot-long wooden canoe that incorporates found objects, paint, neon, natural materials, and plant matter harvested by Saar from the Huntington grounds.  

Amoako Boafo, Monsterra Leaves, Artist Plate Project 2023
Amoako Boafo | Artist Plate Project Returns for Third Edition
Hypebeast May 3, 2023

By Shawn Ghassemitari

The Coalition for the Homeless‘ Artist Plate Project has become a platform for established and emerging creatives to showcase their work, while providing meals for low-income New Yorkers. In conjunction with the upcoming Frieze New York, the 2023 Artist Plate Project will boast a remarkable list of global creatives, including Alice Neel and Amoako Boafo, Hank Willis Thomas and Huma Bhabha to Philip Guston and the late Virgil Abloh, amongst many.

From Morocco to Malaysia: new publication traces the US artist Betye Saar’s journeys of discovery
From Morocco to Malaysia: new publication traces the US artist Betye Saar’s journeys of discovery
The Art Newspaper May 2, 2023

By Ben Luke

Richly produced book documents how the nonagenarian artist’s work has been informed by her decades of travel. 

“My secret heart seeks the dusty, musty, forgotten corners./It constantly haunts, hunts, collects, gathers objects, images, feelings.” In her 1993 poem My Secret Heart, Betye Saar—whose sculptures, using diverse cultural imagery to reflect on injustice and African American life, form one of the most influential bodies of work in recent American art—tells us about the processes of witnessing, remembering and collecting at the heart of her work. Often, she draws on the experience of travel.

Roberts Projects Facade
Roberts Projects turns historic car dealership into characterful LA art space
Wallpaper May 3, 2023

By Ellie Stathaki

Roberts Projects has just launched its new home in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles. The gallery, which is now situated within a generous, expansive space that has been restored by Johnston Marklee, also celebrates its 23rd anniversary in 2023. The structure that hosts the business is a historic 1948 building – a 10,000 sq ft former automobile showroom – and it has now been given a facelift, tweaked to fit its new purpose as a fresh hub for the Los Angeles art community. 

Wangari Mathenge Was a Lawyer. Now, She’s Making Her U.S. Solo Debut at Roberts Projects
Wangari Mathenge Was a Lawyer. Now, She’s Making Her U.S. Solo Debut at Roberts Projects
Cultured April 21, 2023

By Melissa Smith

It wasn’t that long ago that Wangari Mathenge was a practicing attorney. When she quit her job and started considering what to do next, two choices presented themselves: she could either join the family business in Kenya, or finally take her painting “seriously.” The latter, to Mathenge, meant pursuing art as a full-blown career. In 2019, Mathenge enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, completing her MFA in 2021.

Ed Templeton | Wires Crossed
Ed Templeton | Wires Crossed
Bonnenfanten, Maastricht, The Netherlands April 15 – September 17, 2023

In Wires Crossed, Ed Templeton shows the subculture of skateboarding from 1995 to 2012 through photographs, drawings and texts. Templeton is a photographer, artist and one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. During his many tours throughout America, Templeton (Garden Grove, California, 1972) recorded skate culture using his 50-mm camera.

The Hammer Museum unveils its impressive contemporary collection
The Hammer Museum unveils its impressive contemporary collection
Los Angeles Times March 27, 2023

By Christopher Knight

To unveil its latest, and perhaps most dramatic, architectural renovation and expansion, the Hammer has now launched a fleet of small exhibitions and single-artist shows, as well as one biggie. “Together in Time: Selections From the Hammer Contemporary Collection,” assembled by director Ann Philbin, chief curator Connie Butler and four members of the curatorial staff, pulls together 73 paintings, sculptures, videos and mixed-media works.

Betye Saar photo
To search, to seek, to see: Betye Saar brings her travels to the Gardner Museum
The Boston Globe March 17, 2023

By Catherine G. Wagley

Acclaimed artist Betye Saar brings her “Heart of a Wanderer” exhibition to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum through May 21. The 96-year-old artist is credited with “redefining Black consciousness in art.”

Kehinde Wiley at “An Archaeology of Silence” at the de Young Museum in San Francisco with his monumental 2022 painting, “Femme piquée par un serpent (Mamadou Gueye).”
Kehinde Wiley’s New Exhibition Is a Chapel for Mourning
The New York Times March 16, 2023

By Dionne Searcey

“An Archaeology of Silence” opens in San Francisco, after a string of police killings of Black men. Along with powerful art, it offers a respite room to those needing a break.

Collins Obijiaku: An emerging portraitist in search of new postures and perspectives on the African continent
Collins Obijiaku: An emerging portraitist in search of new postures and perspectives on the African continent
smART Magazine March 10, 2023

By Navya Pothamsetty

Collins Obijiaku’s portraits are relatively simple: a profile of a single person against a simple background. Born in the Kaduna region in northern Nigeria, the internationally-exhibited, self- taught artist is now based just north of Abuja—the strategically central capital of the nation. The deceptively simplified surfaces of Obijiaku’s creations belie miles of depth beneath the facade of their sartorial expression, and the identities assumed in their skin complexion. Captivated at first glance, the Obijiaku viewer is invited to observe, on closer inspection, how small differences in clothing, posture, and gaze animate two- dimensional portraits to vivid life.

Kehinde Wiley | An Archaeology of Silence
Kehinde Wiley | An Archaeology of Silence
de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco March 18 – October 15, 2023

Kehinde Wiley’s new body of paintings and sculptures confronts the silence surrounding systemic violence against Black people through the visual language of the fallen figure. It expands on his 2008 series, Down — a group of large-scale portraits of young Black men inspired by Hans Holbein the Younger’s The Dead Christ in the Tomb (1521–1522). 

A Conversation with Kehinde Wiley
A Conversation with Kehinde Wiley
de Young Museum, San Francisco Saturday, March 18, 2023, 1PM

Led by Claudia Schmuckli, curator in charge of contemporary art and programming, this talk explores Kehinde Wiley’s new body of work that sheds light on the brutalities of American and global colonial pasts.

Betye Saar, Gliding into Midnight, 2019, Ausstellungsansicht Betye Saar. Serious Moonlight, Kunstmuseum Luzern, 2023, Detail, Foto: Marc Latzel, Courtesy Tia Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico 2
Betye Saar | Serious Moonlight
Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland February 25 - June 18, 2023

The poetic installations by Betye Saar (b. 1926) entice us to contemplate and dream, yet their origins are of a quite different nature. Through her installations, objects and drawings, the American artist reflects on Black identity, the history of racism in the United States and the permeating discrimination in western society.

In Conversation | Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe and Larry Ossei-Mensah
In Conversation | Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe and Larry Ossei-Mensah
2023 Lenhardt Lecture, Phoenix Art Museum Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 7pm

Phoenix Art Museum will present renowned artist Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe and curator Larry Ossei-Mensah in conversation during the Museum’s spring Lenhardt Lecture, a key component of the Dawn and David Lenhardt Contemporary Art Initiative. Coinciding with the program at PhxArt, the Museum has acquired Quaicoe’s portrait Profile of Larry Ossei (2022), which will be on view this spring in the Museum’s Katz Wing for Modern Art and is the fifth work acquired by the Museum through the Lenhardt Contemporary Art Initiative.

Together in Time: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection | Featuring Amoako Boafo
Together in Time: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection | Featuring Amoako Boafo
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles CA

Presented in conjunction with the unveiling of the Hammer’s building expansion, this exhibition is the largest presentation of the Hammer Contemporary Collection in the museum’s history. Occupying nearly all gallery spaces, Together in Time highlights acquisitions since 2005—the year the Hammer began collecting contemporary art. Included in the exhibition are works in a wide range of media by Los Angeles-based and international artists.

 

Black American Portraits | Featuring Wangari Mathenge
Black American Portraits | Featuring Wangari Mathenge
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA February 8 – June 30, 2023

Following its debut at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2021, the group exhibition Black American Portraits travels to Atlanta’s Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Co-curated by Spelman College Museum of Fine Art’s Executive Director Liz Andrews and Tate’s Britton Family Curator-at-Large Christine Y. Kim (both formerly of LACMA), the exhibition reframes portraiture to center Black American subjects, sitters and spaces – this time placing Black women portrait artists center stage. 

Betye Saar | Heart of a Wanderer
Betye Saar | Heart of a Wanderer
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum February 16 - May 21, 2023

Celebrated contemporary artist and leading figure of the Black Arts Movement in the 1970s, Betye Saar (b. 1926, United States) is a traveler, collector, and storyteller. Betye Saar: Heart of a Wanderer explores Saar’s trips to Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, highlighting works influenced by her many trips and her engagement with global histories of travel.

Betye Saar datebook, 1978
A Getty-sponsored exhibition at the Gardner celebrates Betye Saar’s sketchbooks and the creativity generated by travel
Getty Magazine February 23, 2023

By Carly Pippin

A Buddhist chant in an Indonesian temple. A bustling Moroccan marketplace. A Haitian Vodou ceremony.

In the 1970s, cultural encounters like these launched artist Betye Saar into a nearly six-decade love affair with travel. Now 96 years old, Saar has visited more than 31 countries, documenting her experiences along the way in vividly colored travel sketchbooks combining hand-drawn observations with knickknacks, ephemera, and found items collected from her destinations.

Portrait of Kehinde Wiley at Roberts Projects. Photo Julius Chiu
Kehinde Wiley is reaching for a new language of grace
Los Angeles Times February 16, 2023

By Jessica Lynne

Kehinde Wiley is ebullient yet poised on the afternoon of our Zoom conversation. The painter — one of contemporary art’s most celebrated — joined from a sunlit room in Roberts Projects, where a new series, “Colorful Realm,” was being prepared to open to the public. 

Nicholas Hofsted and Ted Zhang, photos
Architectural Conversation
Johnston Marklee at Roberts Projects Saturday, February 18, 2023, 12pm

Johnston Marklee Architects Nicholas Hofstede, AIA, Managing Director and Ted Zhang lead a conversation and walkthrough of Roberts Projects new gallery space, discuss the distinctive elements and the firm's upcoming projects in Los Angeles and beyond.

Nicholas Hofstede has directed the development of significant cultural and institutional projects, recently overseeing completion of the Menil Drawing Institute Houston and renovations of Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios. Ted Zhang has been involved in the design of numerous arts and culture projects, including the expansion of the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University.

Book Signing | Betye Saar: Black Doll Blues
Book Signing | Betye Saar: Black Doll Blues
at Roberts Projects Saturday, February 18, 2023 | 1–3pm

Betye Saar will sign copies of her latest catalogue Betye Saar: Black Doll Blues at Roberts Projects' new gallery location.

Published by Roberts Projects, Betye Saar: Black Doll Blues features new watercolor works on paper and assemblages by Saar (born 1926) that incorporate the artist’s personal collection of Black dolls. These watercolors showcase the artist’s experimentation with vivid color and layered techniques, and her new interest in flat shapes. While Saar has previously used painting in her mixed media collages, this is the first publication to focus on her watercolor works on paper.

detail of painting
Getting the Picture
Wall Street Journal Magazine February 7, 2023

By Jenny Hartman, Fiorella Valdesolo

Known for his portrait of Barack Obama, Kehinde Wiley has long repurposed European painting traditions to explore contemporary Black culture. For his latest body of work, at L.A.’s Roberts Projects through April 8, he looked to 18th-century Japanese artist Itō Jakuchū’s nature paintings, surrounding his subjects with delicate flora and fauna. The show, Colorful Realm, inaugurates the gallery’s new Mid-Wilshire space. More of Wiley’s canvases and sculptures will be on view at San Francisco’s de Young Museum from March 18 in Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence.

Jeffrey Gibson | The Body Electric
Jeffrey Gibson | The Body Electric
Frist Art Museum February 3 – April 23, 2023

This major exhibition is devoted to one of today’s leading artists, whose multidisciplinary practice combines aspects of traditional Indigenous art and culture with a modernist visual vocabulary. Born in Colorado in 1972, Jeffrey Gibson is of Cherokee heritage and a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw. His vibrant work, which is represented in more than twenty permanent collections across the United States, is a call for Indigenous empowerment as well as queer visibility and environmental sustainability.

Amoako Boafo catalogue cover
New Roberts Projects Publication
Amoako Boafo

The first monograph on the sinuous, exhilaratingly colorful and pattern-filled portraiture of Amoako Boafo.

Exclusively portraying individuals from the diaspora and beyond, Boafo invites a reflection on Black subjectivity, diversity and complexity. His portraits, notable for their bold colors and patterns, celebrate his subjects as a means to challenge portrayals that objectify and dehumanize Blackness. As Boafo has stated, “the primary idea of my practice is representation, documenting, celebrating and showing new ways to approach Blackness.”

Kehinde wiley and Sam Fragoso for the Talk Easy Podcast
Opening Night with Artist Kehinde Wiley
Talk Easy Podcast January 28, 2023

Sam Fragoso sits down with renowned artist Kehinde Wiley on the opening night of Colorful Realm, his new exhibition at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles.

“Portraiture is trying to approximate the temperature of someone. The way that they dress, the way that they see themselves as elevated. I encourage my models to go through art history books and look at the poses that old aristocrats were holding in original paintings.”  -Kehinde Wiley, episode 315 of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

 

Kehinde Wiley: “My Figures Demand to Be Taken Seriously”
Kehinde Wiley: “My Figures Demand to Be Taken Seriously”
AnOther Magazine January 26, 2023

by Alayo Akinkugbe

The New York-based artist – who mixes Japanese Edo period landscaping with western easel painting traditions to dazzling effect – discusses his new exhibition in LA, and configuring Black bodies within “non-western models of freedom of space.”

Kehinde Wiley: Colorful Realm
Kehinde Wiley: Colorful Realm
Los Angeles Times January 18, 2023

Colorful Realm, an exhibition of new work by superstar L.A.-born artist Kehinde Wiley, opens at Roberts Projects on Jan. 21. The collection of nine paintings takes inspiration from the Edo period, blending Wiley’s signature style of portraiture with elements and techniques of Japanese nature paintings.

Kehinde Wiley painting in studio, Photograph by Shikeith for The New Yorker
How the Artist Kehinde Wiley Went from Picturing Power to Building It
The New Yorker December 26, 2022

By Julian Lewis

Soliciting pedestrians in the Matongé neighborhood of Brussels, Kehinde Wiley, forty-five, looked more like a sidewalk canvasser than he did a world-famous artist. He sidled up to strangers in an orange hoodie and lime-green Air Jordans, extending a hand and flashing a gap-toothed grin.

Jeffrey Gibson | The Spirits Are Laughing
Jeffrey Gibson | The Spirits Are Laughing
Aspen Art Museum November 4, 2022 - Fall 2023

A new rooftop installation has opened at the Aspen Art Museum as part of Jeffrey Gibson's exhibtion titled THE SPIRITS ARE LAUGHING. The Installation combines an assemblage of anthropomorphized sculptural heads that incorporate stones, fossils, and other natural materials, representative of geolic and natural time. These sculptures are in dialogues with a grouping of Gibsons' signture brightly colored flags, each with a different pattern, text, lyric or slogan. 

Amoako Boafo Launches Dot.ateliers Artist Space in Accra, Ghana
Amoako Boafo Launches Dot.ateliers Artist Space in Accra, Ghana
December 16, 2022

Next week Ghanian-born, Austria-based painter Amoako Boafo will debut dot.ateliers, Accra’s latest artist residency and art exhibition space. The three-story structure designed by David Adjaye is an “architectural tool” for sustainable design for the community-guided project that serves as a multifaceted space for incubation, mentorship, and gathering. Dot.ateliers opens with Postcards from Home, a solo exhibition of Boafo’s works curated by Aindrea Emelife that reflects on the artist’s relationship with his hometown, and will be followed with a group exhibition curated by Akworkor Thompson, Play it Loud, in January.

Betye Saar film still, Betye Saar: Ready to be a Warrior
Film Screening | Betye Saar: Ready to be a Warrior
The Museum of Modern Art Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | 7:30pm ET

Special member-only screening of the documentary Betye Saar: Ready to be a Warrior, chronicling the life and work of the 96-year-old artist who, in her own words, is “an ordinary woman who does extraordinary things.” Diving into the decades-long evolution of her artistic language and exploration of race, gender, and social justice, the film pulls together interviews with friends, family, curators, gallerists, and fellow artists, as well as coverage of the 2019 solo exhibition Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window at MoMA.

Betye Saar Black Doll Blues catalogue cover
New Roberts Projects Publication
Betye Saar: Black Doll Blues

An investigation into Betye Saar's lifelong interest in Black dolls, with new watercolors, historic assemblages, sketchbooks and a selection of Black dolls from the artist's collection.

This volume features new watercolor works on paper and assemblages by Betye Saar (born 1926) that incorporate the artist's personal collection of Black dolls. These watercolors showcase the artist’s experimentation with vivid color and layered techniques, and her new interest in flat shapes. While Saar has previously used painting in her mixed media collages, this is the first publication to focus on her watercolor works on paper.

Betye Saar | Craft in America
Betye Saar | Craft in America
PBS Series November 1, 2022

Craft in America is the Peabody Award-winning series exploring America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. Two episodes entitled INSPIRATION reveal the magic and influence of craft. Featuring: Simon Rodia and Watts Towers; three generations of the Saar family: Alison Saar, Betye Saar, and Maddy Leeser; Hmong artists Suzanne Thao, Tousue Vang, Chef Yia Vang, and Mandora Young; textile artist Mary Little; weaver Diedrick Brackens; and potter Ayumi Horie.

Jeffrey Gibson, They Come From Fire, Portland Art Museum
Jeffrey Gibson: They Come From Fire
Portland Art Museum October 15, 2022 – February 26, 2023

An immersive, site-responsive installation by multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson, They Come From Fire will transform the exterior windows on the facade of the museum’s main building as well as its two-story interior Schnitzer Sculpture Court. This dynamic work will celebrate Portland’s Indigenous history, presence and vitality through the use of suspended glass panels, text, and photographic imagery created with Indigenous, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ artists, and other community members on and around the empty monument pedestals in the Park blocks in front of the museum.

Collins Obijiaku for TWO x TWO for Aids and Art Auction 2022
TWO x TWO for Aids and Art | Collins Obijiaku
Benefitting amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art October 22, 2022

We are pleased to announce Collins Obijiaku's contribution to the 2022 TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art auction, taking place October 22, 2022

The annual auction is held at The Rachofsky House in Dallas, benefiting two organizations – the Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Register to bid here. TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art is an annual contemporary art auction held at The Rachofsky House in Dallas, benefiting two organizations—the Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. 

 

Roberts Projects, rendering
Roberts Projects is leaving Culver City, as gallery scene shifts to Central L.A.
Los Angeles Times October 20, 2022

By Deborah Vankin

The art gallery scene here continues to expand: Culver City’s Roberts Projects is relocating to a new, triple-in-size location in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, punctuating how galleries are coalescing in Hollywood and its environs.

 

Roberts Projects New Location - Rendering by Johnston Marklee - 3/4 view of Building
Roberts Projects Announces New Location

Roberts Projects is thrilled to announce its next chapter with the move to a newly restored, expansive space located in a historic 1948 building in the Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles. This relocation marks the gallery’s 23rd year as a significant voice in the Los Angeles arts community. The new creative venue will occupy a 10,000 sq ft historic automobile showroom and feature four exhibition spaces, a bookshop, and a permanent site-specific space conceived by the trailblazing artist Betye Saar. The main exhibition space will be highlighted by a 30-foot-high vaulted ceiling with illuminated “wings.” This major expansion will triple the gallery’s footprint and provide an experience that is reflective of the gallery’s mission and long-term commitment to Los Angeles.

Rubell Museum rendering
What's Going On | Featuring Kehinde Wiley
Rubell Museum DC, Washington, DC Opening October 29, 2022

What’s Going On features nearly 200 works by an eclectic mix of around 40 well-known contemporary artists from the collection of the Miami-based art collectors Don and Mera Rubell. The title of the show references Marvin Gaye’s seminal 1971 album of the same name and its anthemic titular single, which decried injustice and other social ills. Gaye was a student at the long-closed Randall Junior High School, which has been converted by the New York-based firm Beyer Blinder Belle Architects to house the new museum.

Betye Saar, Eyeball, film still
Revisiting 5+1 | Featuring Betye Saar
Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Stony Brook University November 10, 2022 – March 31, 2023

Revisiting 5+1 is a reflection on the historic 1969 Stony Brook University exhibition and features work by the original six artists, all of whom were Black men, with an addition of six Black women artists, all trailblazers at a time when their work in abstraction was challenged by both the mainstream art world and Black art institutions. 

Great Women Painters, book cover
Great Women Painters | Featuring Wangari Mathenge
Published by Phaidon Available Fall 2022

A sumptuous survey of over 300 women painters and their work spanning almost five centuries.

Great Women Painters is a groundbreaking book that reveals a richer and more varied telling of the story of painting. Featuring more than 300 artists from around the world, it includes both well-known women painters from history and today's most exciting rising stars.

Kehinde Wiley and Alexandre Diop | Reiffers Art Initiatives Mentorship 2022
Kehinde Wiley and Alexandre Diop | Reiffers Art Initiatives Mentorship 2022
Acacias Art Center, Paris, France October 19 – November 19, 2022

As part of the Reiffers Art Initiatives mentorship 2022, Kehinde Wiley will mentor the young French-Senegalese artist Alexandre Diop. This collaboration will result in an exhibition at the Acacias Art Center – Reiffers Art Initiatives from October 19 – November 19, 2022.

Kehinde Wiley, Archangel
Metal of Honor: Gold from Simone Martini to Contemporary Art | Featuring Kehinde Wiley
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston October 13, 2022 – January 16, 2023

Metal of Honor: Gold from Simone Martini to Contemporary Art explores how four artists, of different times and different places, use gold as an artistic strategy for innovation and honor. Works by Simone Martini (c. 1284-1344, Italy), whose novel compositions and masterful techniques were unequaled in Europe and well ahead of his time, are juxtaposed with works by three contemporary painters—Kehinde Wiley, Stacy Lynn Waddell, and Titus Kaphar.

 

african art now, book cover
African Art Now | Featuring Amoako Boafo and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Published by Chronicle Books

Published by Chronicle Books and edited by Osei Bonsu, this deluxe hardcover survey, featuring profiles of 50 artists on the rise, is the definitive guide to contemporary African art. Artists include Amoako Boafo, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Bronwyn Katz—from household names to up-and-coming artists, African Art Now features some of the most exciting artists working today.

 

Black American Portraits Catalogue
Black American Portraits | Featuring Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Betye Saar and Kehinde Wiley
Published by Delmonico Books and Los Angeles County Museum of Art Available February 2023

Spanning over two centuries from around 1800 to the present day, Black American Portraits chronicles the ways in which Black Americans have used portraiture to envision themselves in their own eyes.

Zhao Zhao installation view, ladders
Zhao Zhao | A Long Day
Macao Museum of Art (MAM) August 26 – October 30, 2022

Zhao Zhao: A Long Day features a selection of 82 of the artist's most important works from his artistic career spanning from 2006 to the present, including paintings, installations, sculptures and studies on ancient culture. The aim is to present imprints of civilisation left by the long-lasting ancient Chinese culture on today’s world by illustrating the relationship between ‘past and present’ and between ‘East and West’ in a more modern and accessible way of contemporary art.

 

Betye Saar print
Joan Didion: What She Means | Featuring Betye Saar
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles October 11, 2022 – January 22, 2023

Joan Didion: What She Means is an exhibition as portrait, a narration of the life of one artist by another. Organized by critically acclaimed writer and New Yorker contributor Hilton Als, the exhibition features approximately 50 artists ranging from Betye Saar to Vija Celmins, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Maren Hassinger, Silke Otto-Knapp, John Koch, Jorge Pardo, Ed Ruscha, Pat Steir, and many others. The more than 200 works include painting, ephemera, photography, sculpture, video, and footage from a number of the films for which Didion authored screenplays.

 

Otis Quaicoe painting
Inheritance | Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe & Ivan McClellan
The Lumber Room, Portland, OR October 8, 2022 – January 14, 2023

Inheritance, an exhibition of photography by Ivan McClellan and paintings by Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, foregrounds Black agricultural workers and teases out the cyclical nature of knowing, learning, and harvesting amongst these communities.

Amoako Boafo, installation view
In Our Time: Selections from the Singer Collection | Featuring Amoako Boafo, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Betye Saar and Kehinde Wiley
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art October 1, 2022 – February 12, 2023

In Our Time: Selections from the Singer Collection includes a selection of paintings and works on paper collected by Iris and Adam Singer over the span of 16 years. Anchored by the work of 27 contemporary artists living and working in cities such as London, Beijing, New York, New Haven, Los Angeles, Accra, and Nairobi, In Our Time speaks to the immediacy of this moment on a global scale, as well as the key ideas, narratives, and concerns that artists have been exploring over the past 25 years.

Betye Saar | 2022 W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist
Betye Saar | 2022 W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist
Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University Award Ceremony October 8, 2022

The W. E. B. Du Bois Medal will be awarded to seven honorees “who embody the values of commitment and resolve that are fundamental to the Black experience in America” for their contributions to African and African American culture, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research announced on Wednesday.

Jeffrey Gibson Winter is Time video still
Jeffrey Gibson | THIS BURNING WORLD
Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco October 1, 2022 – March 26, 2023

Jeffrey Gibson: THIS BURNING WORLD is a site-specific commission that marks the beginning of the institutional memory of the Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco. Rather than featuring studio-made objects, the exhibition will comprise of multiple elements that together reveal the formidable practice of this singular voice: an architectural intervention within the confines of the ICA SF, an immersive projection installation, commissioned partnership and performance activations, and a comprehensive vinyl-wrap on the building’s facade.

Otis Quaicoe, (s)kin deep, Portland Art Museum
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe | (s)kin deep
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR June 18, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Since Otis Quaicoe’s move from Accra, Ghana, to Portland in 2017, his figural paintings have adjusted and shifted in congruence with a heightened cultural awareness of his relocated body. As he looked at Blackness and race in American society from the perspective of an African immigrant, Quaicoe became more interested in depicting the nuances of skin tone that emerge in velvety grayscale. 

Otis Quaicoe, Outriders Legacy of the Black Cowboy, Harwood Art Museum
Outriders: Legacy of the Black Cowboy | Featuring Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Harwood Art Museum of The University of New Mexico, Taos, NM October 15, 2022 — May 7, 2023

Outriders: Legacy of the Black Cowboy is an exercise in unearthing images of the drivers, fiddlers, cowpunchers, cattle rustlers, cooks, singers, bulldoggers, and broncobusters with African heritage.

When We See Us | A Century of Black Figuration in Painting | Featuring Wangari Mathenge and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
When We See Us | A Century of Black Figuration in Painting | Featuring Wangari Mathenge and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Zeitz MoCAA, Capetown, South Africa November 20, 2022 — September 3, 2023

Zeitz MOCAA presents an exhibition that explores Black self-representation through portraiture and figuration in painting. Titled When We See Us, this timely exhibition celebrates global Black subjectivities and Black consciousness from pan-African and pan-diasporic perspectives.

Kehinde Wiley, installation view, Muse D'orsay
Kehinde Wiley | An Archaeology of Silence
Musée d’Orsay, Paris September 13, 2022 – January 8, 2023

As an extension of the Kehinde Wiley exhibition, organized at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini during the 59th Venice Biennale, the Musée d’Orsay is displaying three monumental works by the artist within its Nave: a painting, Femme piquée par un serpent (Woman Bitten By A Snake) (Mamadou Gueye), and two recently-completed sculptures (An Archeology of Silence and The Young Tarantine).

Kehinde Wiley Juxtapoz Magazine Cover
Kehinde Wiley | Juxtapoz Cover
Fall 2022

Interview by Shaquille Heath

Kehinde Wiley discusses his artistic practice, current projects and upcoming exhibition at Roberts Projects opening this fall.

I specifically remember the moment I saw my first Kehinde Wiley work, strolling about the Seattle Art Museum when they exhibited A New Republic. I remember looking up at Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps, ready for the horseman to jump out of the canvas - and trample me – with both hooves and Timbs.

Ed Templeton, 87 Drawings Special Edition Catalogue
Ed Templeton | 87 Drawings (Deluxe Edition)
Published by Nazraeli Press

The images in Ed Templeton: 87 Drawings cover a span of over thirty years, from 1990 to 2021, and deliver a remarkable retrospective of the artist’s intimate drawing style. A special edition of 20 copies available now, features a numbered and signed letterpress print by Ed Templeton measuring 9.5 x 12 inches, presented with a signed copy of the book in a custom clamshell box.

Dominic Chambers | What Makes the Earth Shake
Dominic Chambers | What Makes the Earth Shake
Tephra ICA, Reston VA September 10, 2022 – November 20, 2022

Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) presents What Makes the Earth Shake featuring works by proliferate, figurative painter Dominic Chambers. This is the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.

Betye Saar, Installation view, Frac Lorraine
Betye Saar | Serious Moonlight
Frac Lorraine, Metz, France September 9, 2022 – January 21, 2023

Frac Lorraine presents a survey of rarely exhibited immersive, site-specific installations from 1980 to 1998 by Betye Saar. Rooted in the artist’s critical focus on Black identity and intersectional feminism as well as the racialized and gendered connotations of found objects, Saar’s installations expand on her celebrated repertoire and offer broadened insight into ritual, spirituality, and cosmologies in relation to the African American experience and the African diaspora.

Betye Saar | Featured in Promised Land
Betye Saar | Featured in Promised Land
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, Mexico September 9 – December 4, 2022

Promised Land explores different notions of performativity, with special emphasis on how forms of popular culture and ritual converge with the representation of contemporary art. Here performativity is understood as an attempt to formulate various notions of becoming, reinvention, and enhancement of political consciousness as a condition of possibility to overcome the present of any struggle - individual or collective, socio-political or otherwise. Curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose.

Jeffrey Gibson: Art in the Intersection interview in Chronogram magazine
Jeffrey Gibson | Art in the Intersection
Chronogram August 2, 2022

By Taliesin Thomas

Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972) is a multimedia artist based in Hudson. Gibson’s dynamic art practice explores a diverse cross-section of influences, including Native American indigenous craft traditions, cultural narratives, symbols of power, history, personal identity, and contemporary social issues relevant to BIPOC and queer communities.

Jeffrey Gibson | Limited Edition Print
Jeffrey Gibson | Limited Edition Print
The Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum announces an exclusive print designed by Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw, b. 1972). The edition of 50 prints, titled They Come From Fire, is a multilayered offset relief print on several layers of handmade Japanese colored gampi paper. The final layer is screen printed gold ink flocked with metallic mica to add shimmer to the text.

 

Jeffrey Gibson, The Spirits are Laughin
Performance | Jeffrey Gibson Presents: THE SPIRITS ARE LAUGHING
Aspen Art Museum Aug 3, 2022

Jeffrey Gibson presents THE SPIRITS ARE LAUGHING, an ambitious flag spinning and speaking performance at Anderson Park Meadow at the Aspen Institute. The live piece incorporates a group of fifteen color guard performers in a specialized choreographed presentation. The group will wear unique helmet regalia constructed from tin and aluminum commercially produced cans and perform using flags designed by the artist.

Gallery Weekend Los Angeles
Gallery Weekend Los Angeles
July 27 – 30, 2022

Roberts Projects is pleased to participate in the second edition of Gallery Weekend Los Angeles. The event features over 70 local galleries and art spaces drawn from both Gallery Association Los Angeles' membership as well as non-profit and alternative art spaces that have been invited to participate.

The Drawing Centre Show | Featuring Lenz Geerk
The Drawing Centre Show | Featuring Lenz Geerk
Le Consortium, Dijon, France July 1, 2022 – January 22, 2023

A collective publication in The Drawing Centre series, titled Family1, gathered about sixty artists as well as occasional (or motivated) draftspersons, emulating the now-defunct Permanent Food magazine. Now on view as an exhibition of the same title with 62 artists selected by 4 curators, who each chose 15 artists.

30 Americans | Featuring Kehinde Wiley
30 Americans | Featuring Kehinde Wiley
New Britain Museum of American Art June 17, 2022 – October 30, 2022

Drawn from the acclaimed Rubell Museum in Miami, Florida, 30 Americans showcases works by some of the most significant artists of the last four decades, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Hank Willis Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley.

Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection | Featuring Betye Saar
Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection | Featuring Betye Saar
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. August 2, 2022 – Fall 2023

Encompassing a wide range of media, subject matter, sensibilities and approaches, the exhibition will engage with the complexities and contradictions of approaching art through the lens of gender and the idea of “woman artist” as an easily defined or decisive category.

New Publication | Featuring Dominic Chambers
New Publication | Featuring Dominic Chambers
There’s Light: Artworks & Conversations Examining Black Masculinity May 30, 2022

There’s Light: Artworks & Conversations Examining Black Masculinity, Identity and Mental Wellbeing is an expansive new anthology of artworks and interviews showcasing the intricacies of contemporary Black male identities, edited and published by author and conceptual artist Glenn Lutz.

Drawing Down the Moon  | Featuring Betye Saar
Drawing Down the Moon | Featuring Betye Saar
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles June 19 – September 11, 2022

The moon has been bound to life and consciousness since the beginning of humankind. It has served elemental and vital functions such as providing light and measuring time, but it has also influenced the more ethereal and spiritual realms of gods, myths, and magic. This exhibition operates at the crux of a lunar spectrum, between the lure and mystery of the unattainable moon and the eternal quest to conquer the moon in its material form.

Black Rock Senegal Announces artists for its 2022-2023 Artist-in-Residence program
Black Rock Senegal Announces artists for its 2022-2023 Artist-in-Residence program

DAKAR, Senegal, June 27, 2022 — Black Rock Senegal announced today the 2022-2023 participants for the third year of its Artist-in-Residence program. Founded by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley in 2019, Black Rock Senegal seeks to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about Africa. The third year of the program will run between July 2022 and March 2023 and will welcome sixteen artists from around the world.

 

Amoako Boafo, Soul of Black Folks Installation View
Amoako Boafo | Soul of Black Folks
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston May 27 – October 2, 2022

Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks is the debut museum solo exhibition for Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo (b. 1984), one of the most influential artistic voices of his generation. Soul of Black Folks presents over thirty works created between 2016–2022, including a site- specific wall painting made specifically for CAMH. The subjects featured in Boafo’s paintings represent the nuance and complexities of Black life globally. Conditions such as COVID-19, the constant resistance against systemic oppression, the active combating of Anti-Black rhetoric, and the commodification of Black bodies in the media are some of the concerns that heighten this exhibition’s urgency and relevance.

Betye Saar, Crossings, mixed media assemblage
This Is Not America's Flag | Featuring Betye Saar
The Broad, Los Angeles May 21 – September 25, 2022

Featuring over twenty artists, the special exhibition This Is Not America’s Flag spotlights the myriad ways artists explore the symbol of the flag of the United States of America, underscoring its vast, divergent, and complex meanings.

Titled after Alfredo Jaar’s iconic 1987 work, A Logo for AmericaThis Is Not America’s Flag provides a critical discourse on the symbol’s meaning, the complexity and contradictions of contemporary national identity, and artists as active citizens.

Jeffrey Gibson Video Still
This Is Not America's Flag | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
The Broad, Los Angeles May 21 – September 25, 2022

Featuring over twenty artists, the special exhibition This Is Not America’s Flag spotlights the myriad ways artists explore the symbol of the flag of the United States of America, underscoring its vast, divergent, and complex meanings.

Titled after Alfredo Jaar’s iconic 1987 work, A Logo for America, This Is Not America’s Flag provides a critical discourse on the symbol’s meaning, the complexity and contradictions of contemporary national identity, and artists as active citizens.

 

Highlights of the Permanent Collection: Featuring Lenz Geerk
Highlights of the Permanent Collection: Featuring Lenz Geerk
Kunsthaus Zürich On View Through 2022

On the occasion of the Kunsthaus Zürich extension, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, Lenz Geerk’s recently acquired painting is currently on view as part of the Highlights of the Permanent Collection through the end of 2022. Sculptor with Model and Sculpture II (2020) is part of an ongoing series, based on Picasso’s The Vollard Suite (c. 1930s), in which Geerk investigates the relationship between three subjects. While Picasso eroticizes the relationship between the artist, model, and art in the series, casting himself in the role of the sculptor pictured throughout, Geerk deftly reverses the artist/muse dynamic.

Jeffrey Gibson SITE Santa Fe
Jeffrey Gibson’s Solo Exhibition 'The Body Electric' Opens at SITE Santa Fe
Hyperallergic May 6, 2022

Jeffrey Gibson’s The Body Electric features a selection of paintings, sculptures, commissioned community-engaged performances, and video installations, as well as a newly commissioned mural, THE LAND IS SPEAKING ARE YOU LISTENING (2022), activating SITE Santa Fe’s front lobby and main galleries. Viewed together, the body of work presented in this exhibition encourages contemplation of representation, exclusion, and belonging.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith interviewed by Jeffrey Gibson
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith interviewed by Jeffrey Gibson
SITE Santa Fe Saturday May 7, 2022

As part of SITE Santa Fe’s opening weekend for the exhibition of Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric, Gibson will take the stage for a My Life in Art Talk with long-time friend and inspiration, artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is an internationally known as an artist, curator, lecturer, printmaker, professor, and cultural arts worker who uses humor and satire to examine myths, stereotypes, and the paradox of American Indian life.

 

Betye Saar The Weight of Waiting, 2014
Empire of Water | Featuring Betye Saar
The Church, Sag Harbor New York March 27 – May 30, 2022

Given the effects of climate change, the global need for clean water, and the specific issues on the East End of Long Island, the topic of water is timely and important. In the exhibition, the theme of water is depicted as a natural element, a scientific subject, an issue of social justice, a historical factor, an ecological question, an aesthetic tradition, a metaphor, and a simple necessity for the existence of life on Earth.

Kehinde Wiley | Fondazione Giorgio Cini   Venice Biennale 2022: Highlights From The Olympics Of The Art World
Kehinde Wiley | Fondazione Giorgio Cini Venice Biennale 2022: Highlights From The Olympics Of The Art World
Forbes April 26, 2022

Inspired by Holbein's The Dead Christ in the Tomb, as well as historical paintings and sculptures of fallen warriors and figures in the resting state, the American artist has created a haunting series of prone black bodies, reconceptualizing classical pictorial forms to create a contemporary take on portraiture. For this new body of work, Wiley sheds light on the brutalities of American and global colonial pasts using the language of the fallen hero.

Ed Templeton photograph, Teenage kissers in grass
Coming of Age | Featuring Ed Templeton
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris April 13 - 27, 2022

“Coming of Age”, in loving memory and honour of Virgil Abloh, is unveiled at the Fondation Louis Vuitton from 13th to 27th April 2022. An extension of the original “Coming of Age” exhibition, this new physical embodiment and homage of Virgil’s world combines exhibition spaces, events and digital activations, allowing for participation on a global scale.

Jeffrey Gibson Pahl Lee, 2021 Cotton rag paper, archival pigment print, acrylic paint, vintage beaded handbag (glass beads, cotton fabric, leather, brass enclosure, polyester, cotton thread), glass beads
Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric
SITE Santa Fe May 6 - September 11, 2022

SITE Santa Fe is pleased to present The Body Electric, a solo exhibition spanning Jeffrey Gibson’s multi-decade practice. Gibson’s merging of artistic styles, and historical and contemporary cultural references synergizes to create vibrant, multilayered works of art that express the complexities and relationships between injustice, marginalization, and personal identity. The Body Electric features a survey of the artist’s painting, sculpture and installation, as well as two newly commissioned works; the performance To Name An Other and a large scale mural, THE LAND IS SPEAKING ARE YOU LISTENING, activating SITE Santa Fe’s front lobby and main galleries.

SLAY: Artemisia Gentileschi & Kehinde Wiley
SLAY: Artemisia Gentileschi & Kehinde Wiley
The Frick Pittsburgh April 16 - July 10, 2022

This exhibition pairs two monumental paintings created 400 years apart—one by Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian artist and one of the most successful female painters of the 17th century, and the second by Kehinde Wiley, a Black American contemporary artist celebrated for his recontextualization of Old Master paintings. The subject, Judith and Holofernes, appears repeatedly throughout art history with well-known works by Caravaggio, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Sandro Botticelli, Gustav Klimt, and many others. Taken from the Book of Judith, the tale recounts how a Jewish widow saved the town of Bethulia from the Assyrian army by seducing and then beheading General Holofernes.

Portait of Jeffrey Gibson
Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art | Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
Museum of Arts and Design, New York March 12 – August 14, 2022

The first global survey exhibition dedicated to the use of clothing as a medium of visual art, Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art examines work by thirty-five international contemporary artists, from established names to emerging voices, several of whom will be exhibiting for the first time in the United States. By making or altering clothing for expressive purposes, these artists create garments, sculpture, installation, and performance art that transform dress into a critical tool.

The Wounded Achilles (Fillippo Albacini), Oil on Canvas, 273.7 X 184.5cm, ©Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy April 22 – July 24, 2022

Curated by Christophe Leribault, An Archaeology of Silence includes a collection of new monumental paintings and sculptures, expanding on Kehinde Wiley's body of work DOWN from 2008. Initially inspired by Holbein’s painting The Dead Christ in the Tomb as well as historical paintings and sculptures of fallen warriors and figures in the state of repose, Wiley created an unsettling series of prone Black bodies, re-conceptualizing classical pictorial forms to create a contemporary version of monumental portraiture, resounding with violence, pain, and death, as well as ecstasy.

Creative Communities | Featuring Betye Saar
Creative Communities | Featuring Betye Saar
Special Exhibitions Library, Harvard Art Museums March 4 - July 31, 2022

Betye Saar, Mystic Sky with Self-Portrait,1992 is currently on view as part of Creative Communities at the Harvard Art Museum. The exhibition features prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives. The collection spans the history of the workshop, from the early 1970s to today, and includes works by artists who had not yet found representation in the marketplace or museum collections when they arrived at Brandywine—a key constituency of the organization, which seeks to create opportunities for such artists. The exhibition is on view through July 31, 2022 at the Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums.

Daniel Crews Chubb in his studio, London 2022
New Publication | Prime: Art's Next Generation
Featuring Daniel Crews-Chubb and Amoako Boafo

The most exciting rising stars in contemporary art – who’s who and what’s next – featuring 107 artists born since 1980, as chosen by a new generation of art experts and leaders. This stunningly illustrated survey brings together more than 100 of the most innovative and interesting contemporary artists working across all media and spanning the globe. These are tomorrow’s art superstars as chosen by the future leaders of the art world: the curators, writers, and academics with their fingers on the pulse of contemporary art and culture.  Published by Phaidon Books.

Wangari Mathenge, The Ascendants XIX (Her Things Are Here), 2021
Wangari Mathenge
Elephant #47 Spring / Summer 2022

Elephant features an in depth article on painter Wangari Mathenge by essayist Alejandro Oliva. "For Mathenge, the authenticity of her subjects, the interiors they populate, is more about making a mark in the historical record: this is what it looks like to be a Black Kenyan woman, or a Black Kenyan family, living in a home in Chicago or London or Kenya.”

Contemporary African Art: Featuring Amoako Boafo and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Contemporary African Art: Featuring Amoako Boafo and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Palm Springs Art Museum February 24, 2022 - February 24, 2024

Amoako Boafo and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe are featured in a new exhibition wing dedicated to contemporary African artists at the Palm Spring Art Museum. Also on view are artists including Serge Clottey, Adeji Taiwah, and Simphiwe Ndzube, among others.

Jeffrey Gibson, I AM YOUR RELATIVE, installation view
Jeffrey Gibson: I AM YOUR RELATIVE
Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto March 10 – July 31, 2022

Jeffrey Gibson, a Member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and Half Cherokee is an interdisciplinary artist based in Hudson, New York. His artworks make reference to various aesthetic and material histories rooted in the Indigenous cultures of the Americas and in modern and contemporary subcultures. His exhibition I AM YOUR RELATIVE is a site-specific project co-commissioned by MOCA and the Toronto Biennial of Art. The work consists of a series of brightly coloured stages that can be moved and reconfigured for spontaneous gatherings and organized performances within the Museum.

Zoé Whitley on the work of Betye Saar
Zoé Whitley on the work of Betye Saar
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami Virtual | Saturday, March 19, 2022 | 11am PT (2pm ET)

ICA Miami welcomes Dr. Zoé Whitley, curator and director of Chisenhale Gallery, London, who will discuss the work of Betye Saar on the occasion of the artist’s exhibition survey “Serious Moonlight.” In conversation with exhibition curator Stephanie Seidel, Whitley will discuss Saar’s installations and the broader context of her work. Whitley most recently exhibited Saar’s works as the co-curator of the award-winning exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” initiated by Tate Modern in London in 2017, which toured throughout the United States until 2020.

Jeffrey Gibson, NYC-ARTS Profile
Jeffrey Gibson
NYC-ARTS Profile

A profile of artist Jeffrey Gibson, whose beadwork, ceramics, sculptures and paintings are inspired by his complex cultural heritage. NYC-ARTS is the portal through which arts enthusiasts everywhere can access the Tri-State Area's cultural best -- via television presentations, online and mobile components, and social media engagement.

Betye Saar, The Trickster, 1994, acquired by the National Gallery of Art, 2022
Acquisition | Betye Saar
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

A pioneer of second-wave feminist and post­war Black nationalist aesthetics, Betye Saar’s (b. 1926) practice examines African American identity, spirituality, and cross-cultural connectedness. The Trickster (1994), recently acquired by the National Gallery of Art, reflects Saar’s continued introspection, her assertion of the aesthetic and conceptual power of African cultural forms, and the belief that art can be made from anything. This is her first assemblage to enter the National Gallery’s collection where it joins one print and two mixed media works by her.

Betye Saar, Still from interview at Frieze for L.A. Energy, 1983/2022
Betye Saar: Visualizing the Energy of Los Angeles
Video | Frieze Los Angeles 2022 February 20, 2022

The iconic artist on infusing her work with the mystical and recreating her mural LA Energy from 1983. Frieze talks to Los Angeles-born artist Betye Saar (b. 1926), presenting with Roberts Projects at Frieze Los Angeles. As one of the artists who ushered in the development of Assemblage art, her practice reflects on African American identity, spirituality and the connectedness between different cultures. Her symbolically rich body of work has evolved over time to demonstrate the environmental, cultural, political, racial, technological, economic, and historical context in which it exists.

Betye Saar, L.A. Energy Catalogue and smaller inside spreads
New Publication | Beyte Saar: L.A. Energy
Published by Roberts Projects on the Occasion of Frieze Los Angeles 2022

Featuring historic images, text and archival materials, this publication accompanies the presentation, Betye Saar: L.A. Energy at Frieze Los Angeles, Roberts Projects Booth A12. In July 1983, Betye Saar was commissioned to create a large-scale public art initiative for the City of Los Angeles. Titled L.A. Energy, the joyful mural incorporated several key motifs of Saar’s practice, including collaged elements and the interplay of varying hues to highlight a decidedly West Coast color palette.

Kehinde Wiley still from Art:LIVE for Frieze Los Angeles, 2022
Kehinde Wiley | Art:LIVE
Frieze Los Angeles 2022

Art:LIVE is a series of original video content that brings to the viewer accessible expert insights into recent developments in contemporary art and culture, produced in partnership with Frieze’s Global Lead Partner Deutsche Bank. This edition will feature renowned Los Angeles-born artist Kehinde Wiley who talks to Art:LIVE about his career – including being commissioned for the presidential portrait of Barack Obama, recently on view at LACMA, new work on view at Huntington Library in Los Angeles – participating as a juror in this year’s Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award.

Betye Saar, Black Angus Meets Big Brahma, 1964
A Decade of Acquisitions of Works on Paper: Featuring Betye Saar
Hammer Museum Los Angeles February 13 – May 1, 2022

The inaugural presentation in the Hammer Museum’s new works on paper gallery highlights acquisitions of prints and drawings from 2012 to the present. Over the last decade, through purchases and many generous gifts, the museum has built a robust collection in this medium. This exhibition shows, for the first time, many contemporary prints and drawings in the collection, ranging from the conceptual to the political, the abstract, the gestural, and the poetic.

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, The Artist II
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Artsy February 7, 2022

Janine Sherman Barrois and Lyndon Barrois Sr. are the kinds of neighbors and friends any art lover would want to have. Last November, the Los Angeles–based couple welcomed guests to their home to celebrate the opening of two LACMA exhibitions: “Black American Portraits” and the L.A. stop of the Obama portraits tour. Donors, notable collectors, curators, museum directors, and the exhibition’s esteemed artists—many of whom are featured in the couple’s collection—were among the invited guests.

Portrait of Brenna Youngblood in her studio, 2019
Kehinde Wiley, Brenna Youngblood
UCLA Newsroom February 8, 2022

Crenshaw is a neighborhood in transition. Construction of a light rail line connecting Crenshaw and LAX airport and the opening of SoFi Stadium in nearby Inglewood have boosted home values and brought in new businesses, while accelerating gentrification and displacement. Destination Crenshaw was incorporated as a non-profit in November 2017 to draw attention to the area’s Black history and culture.

Portrait of Ed Templeton and Aaron Rose
Ed Templeton
Alleged Podcast

Alleged's inaugural episode features Aaron Rose in conversation with artist, photographer and professional skateboarder Ed Templeton. Aaron Rose is an artist, filmmaker and curator.

Wangari Mathenge, The Ascendants IX (Just Like My Parents’ House, I’ve Become A Visitor), 2020
Stretching the Body: Featuring Wangari Mathenge
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin November 5, 2021 – February 27, 2022

Stretching the Body brings together a group of thirteen women artists from different generations and geographical origins, who through the medium of painting reflect on the genre of portraiture and the theme of the human figure. The exhibition title is a play on words in the English language, referencing the classic action of stretching the canvas and the physical exercise of stretching in order to highlight the space of painting as a physical and conceptual perimeter within which to explore new notions of corporeality.

Jeffrey Gibson, Sentinel, 2020
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of the Future: Featuring Jeffrey Gibson
USA Pavilion, Expo 2020, Dubai, UAE On view through March 31, 2022

Organized by the U.S. Department of State, the USA Pavilion celebrates the American spirit: the people, the ideas, and the contributions that improve lives around the world to build a brighter tomorrow.

 

 

 

Jeffrey Gibson, Detail of a punching bag
What is Left Unspoken, Love
High Museum of Art, Atlanta March 25 – August 14, 2022

Jeffrey Gibson will participate in What is Left Unspoken, Love. Organized during a time of social and political discord, when cynicism often seems to triumph over hope, this exhibition will examine love as a profound subject of critical commentary from time immemorial yet with a persistently elusive definition. As poet and painter Etel Adnan wrote, love is “not to be described, it is to be lived.”

Amoako Boafo, Free 6lack, 2021
Kehinde Wiley, Amoako Boafo: See How LACMA’s New Interscope Records Show Pairs Artists With the Musicians That Inspire Them
Artnet February 4, 2022

For just a few short weeks, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is hosting Artists Inspired By Music: Interscope Reimagined, which pairs paintings by Ed Ruscha, Amoako Boafo, Kehinde Wiley, and Anna Weyant with songs or albums from Interscope Records. The exhibition came about as a means to celebrate the music label’s 30th anniversary, and Dr Dre, Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar, Nine Inch Nails, and Lady Gaga are among the musicians from which the participating artists drew their inspiration.

Dominic Chambers, The Night is Our Friend, 2022
Narrative as Reality: A World Reimagined Featuring Dominic Chambers
Hawn Gallery, SMU Library, Dallas February 17 - May 20, 2022

A glimpse into the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family Collection beholds an artistic world of hope, Black joy, reality, and aspiration. Each composition within the collection offers a unique story. These non-linear narratives on the Black experience, with their own distinct actualities exhibit a reality not often portrayed, yet a collective, lived experience that strives to represent a livelihood untouched.

Betye Saar, Spirit Catcher
Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art; Featuring Betye Saar
Minneapolis Institute of Art February 19, 2022 - May 15, 2022

Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art explores the numerous ways that artists in the United States have made sense of their own experiences of the paranormal and the supernatural, developing a rich visual culture of the intangible.

Zhao Zhao, LONG MUSEUM WEST BUND, Installation view
Zhao Zhao
Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai January 16 – April 3, 2022

Curated by Cui Cancan, the exhibition focuses on Zhao Zhao's most important works within past few years, including painting, sculpture, installation, and other objects. This is Zhao Zhao’s first large scale solo exhibition in Shanghai.

This exhibition is focused on Zhao Zhao’s recent works and presents a few dozen of the most important pieces. The exhibition connects his Green, White, and Pink series from different periods, and integrates his Western Trilogy with streetwear projects developed in different cities to tell a new story under the exhibition title “Zhao Zhao”.

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Virgil Abdoh painting for cover of Teen Vogue
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe Memorializes Virgil Abloh for Teen Vogue Cover

The untimely death of Virgil Abloh, a multi-hyphenate who changed fashion as artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear while also leading his own brand, Off-White, was felt in the hearts of many this past November. The newest person to pay homage to Abloh’s rich legacy is the young painter Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, whose portrait of Abloh now appears on the cover of a newly released special issue of Teen Vogue.

Kehinde Wiley, Portrait of President Barack Obama
Kehinde Wiley: The Obama Portraits Tour
High Museum of Art January 14 - March 20, 2022

The Obama Portraits Tour, organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, will travel to five cities across the U.S. from June 2021 through May 2022 and is expected to reach millions of people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to view these remarkable paintings. In addition to the artworks themselves, The Obama Portraits Tour will feature audio-visual elements, educational workshops, and curatorial presentations.

 

Black American Portraits at LACMA, Installation view
Black American Portraits
Los Angeles County Museum of Art November 7, 2021 - April 17, 2022

Featuring Wangari Mathenge, Otis Kwame Kye Quiacoe, Betye Saar and Kehinde Wiley.

To complement the presentation of The Obama Portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald on tour from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG), LACMA presents Black American PortraitsRemembering Two Centuries of Black American Art, guest curated by David Driskell at LACMA 45 years ago, this exhibition reframes portraiture to center Black American subjects, sitters, and spaces.

Kehinde Wiley, Dr Dre
Kehinde Wiley Interscope Collaboration

Kehinde Wiley will participate in a special collaboration with Interscope Records in celebration of their 30th anniversary. For this project, Interscope commissioned 30 artists to reimagine the covers of iconic albums produced by the record label since its inception. Kehinde created a portrait of Dr. Dre for the re-release of a limited edition run of his album 2001. The resulting painting will be on show at Los Angeles County Museum of Art from January 30 – February 13, 2022 as part of the exhibition “Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined.”

Brenna Youngblood. Vans X MOCA
Brenna Youngblood X MOCA X Vans

The Museum of Contemporary Art and Vans have collaborated on a collection of footwear and apparel that celebrates creativity with California roots. LA-based artist Brenna Youngblood distills an alternative Americana as seen through a dry art historical lens, often integrated found objects and materials into her compositions, imbuing her work with a sensual, tactile quality. The Vans x MOCA Classic Slip-On highlights her unique vision with an allover print inspired by her art.

Portrait of Kehinde Wiley, Blue paint background
A brush with...Kehinde Wiley
The Art Newspaper December 14, 2021

Podcast hosted by Ben Luke

An in-depth interview on the artist's influences and cultural experiences, from Richard Dyer to John Singer Sargent. Perhaps more than any other contemporary artist, Wiley has situated himself within the history of Western portrait painting. He makes direct reference to the art of the past, quoting from artists like Holbein, Titian, Rubens, Gainsborough and David, but replacing the royal, noble and ecclesiastical figures depicted by the Old Masters with ordinary people he has encountered on the street.

Kehinde Wiley Shop
Kehinde Wiley Shop

Launched in 2020 the Kehinde Wiley Shop began as a partnership between Kehinde Wiley and Black Rock Senegal to create limited-edition apparel and merchandise featuring a selection of the artist’s personal favorite compositions from his archive that would support Black Rock Senegal, the non-profit artist-in-residence program founded by Wiley in Dakar, Senegal in 2019.

Kehinde Wiley, Still from The Prelude
Kehinde Wiley: The Prelude
The National Gallery, London December 10th, 2021 – April 18th, 2022

In this exhibition, Kehinde Wiley shifts his focus from one European tradition - Grand Manner portraiture – to another – landscape painting. Through new artworks, including film and painting, Wiley looks at European Romanticism and its focus on epic scenes of oceans and mountains, building relationships with our collection of historical landscapes and seascapes by Turner, Claude, Vernet and Friedrich. Like his work before, this new work will look back at Old Masters as a way to create new connections and raise fresh questions.

Portrait of Jeffrey Gibson
Jeffrey Gibson
Art Basel Miami Beach Premiere Artist Conversation December 1, 2021, 1PM

Jeffrey Gibson speaks to Anne Ellegood, Director, ICA LA, about key moments in his career and upcoming projects. Using song lyrics or punching bags, Jeffrey Gibson (b.1972, Colorado) recontextualizes the familiar to offer a succinct commentary on cultural hybridity and modernist strategies within contemporary art. Drawing influence from popular culture, critical theory as well as his own individual Cherokee and Choctaw heritage, his sculptures, beaded works and paintings seamlessly coalesce traditional Native American craft with contemporary cultural production. His work is a vibrant call for queer and Indigenous empowerment, envisioning a celebration of strength and joy within these communities.  

Bennett Roberts: It's About Time
Bennett Roberts: It's About Time
Artillery November 22, 2021

By Tulsa Kinney

Back in 2006, I approached Bennett Roberts at his gallery on Wilshire Boulevard with a bit of chagrin. The LA art dealer had always been nothing but nice, helpful and accommodating to me as a person and as an arts writer. So my heart was heavy when I had to break it to him—before he could read it in the latest edition of Artillery—that we had panned his Kehinde Wiley show. Roberts, unflinching, seemed to be suppressing a grin. Was it because a review in Artillery had no significance to him, or was it his absolute confidence that Wiley was already untouchable? I chose to believe the latter.

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Artist in Residence, Rubell Museum
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe: 2021 Artist in Residence
Rubell Museum, Miami November 29, 2021 – October 2022

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, a Ghanaian painter, is one of the Rubell Museum’s 2021 Artists-in-Residence. Quaicoe creates empowering lush portraits of his family and friends where color and texture functions as a unique language to represent the character of the subject. During his time at the Rubell Museum, Quaicoe explored the phenomenon of twin births through double portraiture, on view in this exhibition.

Betye Saar in her studio, 1975
How I Became an Artist: Betye Saar
Art Basel, Stories November 6, 2021

As told to Janelle Zara

With a solo show now on at the ICA Miami, the 95-year-old artist reflects on discovering her calling, finding acceptance, and history repeating itself.

‘An early work that stands out in my mind is Record for Hattie [1975], which is about my great-aunt Hattie Parson Keys. When she passed, I inherited her ephemera – notes, letters, dance cards, gloves, handkerchiefs – essentially her life’s mementos. I made the piece so long ago, but I think my process is the same to this day.

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Unsettle
Self-Addressed: Curated by Kehinde Wiley
Featuring Amoako Boafo, Collins Obijiaku and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe November 6 – December 23, 2021

For this landmark exhibition, Wiley has invited a selection of contemporary African artists living throughout the world to each produce a self-portrait. Together these portraits will present a new exploration of identity, perception, and self-regard within the global stage through the lens of figuration, exploring notions of perspective, authorship and control within acts of expression that directly address the self. All proceeds benefit Black Rock Senegal, a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by Kehinde Wiley in Dakar, Senegal. Self-Addressed will open at Jeffrey Deitch gallery in Los Angeles on November 6, 2021.

Kehinde Wiley: The Obama Portraits Tour
Kehinde Wiley: The Obama Portraits Tour
Los Angeles County Museum of Art November 5 – January 2, 2022

The Obama Portraits Tour, organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, will travel to five cities across the U.S. from June 2021 through May 2022 and is expected to reach millions of people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to view these remarkable paintings. In addition to the artworks themselves, The Obama Portraits Tour will feature audio-visual elements, educational workshops, and curatorial presentations. This special presentation will exchange the conversations surrounding the power of portraiture and its potential to engage communities.

 

Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight
Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami October 28, 2021 – April 17, 2022

ICA Miami presents a survey of rarely exhibited immersive, site-specific installations from 1980 to 1998 by Betye Saar. Rooted in the artist’s critical focus on Black identity and intersectional feminism as well as the racialized and gendered connotations of found objects, Saar’s installations expand on her celebrated repertoire and offer broadened insight into ritual, spirituality, and cosmologies in relation to the African American experience and the African diaspora. Saar’s intimately scaled works of the 1960s and 1970s–poignant examinations of race and gender through assemblages of readymades and found objects–became icons of Black feminist art.

Kehinde Wiley and Brenna Youngblood Commissioned for Destination Crenshaw
Kehinde Wiley and Brenna Youngblood Commissioned for Destination Crenshaw
By Caroline Goldstein for Artnet October 26, 2021

The City of Los Angeles’s Cultural Affairs Commission has approved plans for the initial stage of Destination Crenshaw, the $100 million public art and environmental revitalization project that aims to turn a 1.3-mile-long stretch of South Los Angeles into a hub for Black arts and culture.  Kehinde Wiley and Brenna Youngblood are two of the artists commissioned for the project.

Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks
Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco October 20, 2021 — February 27, 2022

Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah
Presented in partnership with Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 

Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks, is the premier museum solo exhibition for Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo. The show is a presentation of over 20 works created between 2018-2021. Soul of Black Folks is a timely exploration into the varying strategies that Boafo employs within his practice to capture the essence of the Black figure.

Jeffrey Gibson: INFINITE INDIGENOUS QUEER LOVE
Jeffrey Gibson: INFINITE INDIGENOUS QUEER LOVE
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln MA October 17, 2021 - March 13, 2022

This exhibition concerns the intersections of four powerful words—INFINITE INDIGENOUS QUEER LOVE. The two outer terms suggest boundless spaces and generative, tender relationships. The two interior terms convey markers of identity that Jeffrey Gibson disassembles and reconstructs through his artistic practice as a queer Choctaw-Cherokee man. Altogether this title offers a bold, declarative framework for this exhibition which debuts a series of collages, an immersive display featuring three hanging fringe sculptures, and recent videos created with collaborators, musicians, and performers. Shown together, these dazzling artistic expressions suggest that identity is pieced together by public life, popular culture, and intimate human bonds.

Destination Crenshaw Projects Get City Approval. What Big Names in Black Art Are Making for L.A.
Destination Crenshaw Projects Get City Approval. What Big Names in Black Art Are Making for L.A.
By Deborah Vankin for Los Angeles Times October 13, 2021

Destination Crenshaw, the 1.3-mile public art corridor on Crenshaw Boulevard with a lineup of top names including Kehinde Wiley and Alison Saar, had kept its works of art tightly under wraps while awaiting a Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission vote. On Wednesday, the commission greenlighted plans for all seven permanent installations scheduled to debut in the first phase of the project in fall 2022. Fundraising for the $100 million Destination Crenshaw — which now stands at $61.5 million — is getting a boost from DeMar DeRozan, a Chicago Bulls player, who will lead a new private fundraising drive, organizers said.

Amoako Boafo | An Incantation
Amoako Boafo | An Incantation
Flaunt Magazine | Cover + Profile October 2021

This attempt at, and resistance of containment, on the part of art and artist could be summed up in Boafo’s predicates: “I paint so I don’t have to explain my work, my life.” His utterance recalls Joan Didion’s varied thoughts on magic: we find enchantment in working and not by analyzing contents or the very act of working. This is a script that Boafo—who opens his second solo at Roberts Projects this September,  SINGULAR DUALITY: ME CAN MAKE WE—is familiar with. His ethos to language seeks to undo the words, the script, almost as if fearful of what the definitive, last word might herald. Some might wager that we find magic—the occult—in the meta-voice of the artist, which is to say whether Boafo summons the voice of his paintings through explication. In my head, I ask: What does this movement of paint mean here, and here, or there?

Black Bodies, White Spaces: Invisibility & Hypervisibility | Featuring Amoako Boafo, Dominic Chambers, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Black Bodies, White Spaces: Invisibility & Hypervisibility | Featuring Amoako Boafo, Dominic Chambers, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas, TX October 9, 2021 – January 27, 2022

What we see is political. Taking up space is resistance. Walking through the gallery space hung with pictures, museum-goers act out and internalise a version of history… what happens when this space is infiltrated by those history has sought to exclude? With Black Bodies, White Spaces: Invisibility and Hypervisibility we see the coming together of artists exploring the Black Body in painting and posit how doing so is a form of resistance.

Kehinde Wiley | Limited Edition Print to Benefit Black Rock Senegal
Kehinde Wiley | Limited Edition Print to Benefit Black Rock Senegal

Black Rock Senegal, Kehinde Wiley and Roberts Projects are pleased to announce Dimietrus Study (2021), the third annual limited edition print to support the Black Rock Senegal artist-in-residence program. All net proceeds from the signed edition of 30 prints will benefit Black Rock as a charitable contribution.

Kehinde Wiley’s Dimietrus Study (2021) features a portrait of a young, Black New Yorker amidst a wreath of pink and blue flora that Wiley originally created in 2008. Returning to the composition, Wiley explains, “This portrait continues a theme that exists within the selection of prints I have made for Black Rock Senegal.

Betye Saar: Call and Response
Betye Saar: Call and Response
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas September 25, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Betye Saar: Call and Response looks at the relationship between preliminary sketches in small sketchbooks, which Saar has made throughout her career, and finished works. In addition, the show will include approximately a dozen small travel sketchbooks with more finished drawings—relating to leitmotifs seen throughout Saar’s oeuvre—that she has made over a lifetime of journeys worldwide.

Betye Saar: The Brilliant Artist Who Reversed and Radicalised Racist Stereotypes
Betye Saar: The Brilliant Artist Who Reversed and Radicalised Racist Stereotypes
By Nadra Nittle for The Guardian September 23, 2021

When the artist Betye Saar learned the Aunt Jemima brand was removing the mammy-like character that had been a fixture on its pancake mixes since 1889, she uttered two words: “Oh, finally.” Those familiar with Saar’s most famous work, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, might have expected a more dramatic reaction. After all, this was a piece of art so revolutionary that the activist and scholar Angela Davis credited it with launching the Black women’s movement. 

Black Rock Senegal Announces Artist Residency Application Cycle
Black Rock Senegal Announces Artist Residency Application Cycle

Black Rock Senegal announces applications are open for the 2022 cycle of multidisciplinary artist-in-residency program located in Dakar, Senegal. After two successful years welcoming over thirty artists from around the world to Kehinde Wiley's coastal compound, we Black Rock Senegal is thrilled to once again open doors to a new cohort of artists for the 2022 artist-in-residency cycle.

Jeffrey Gibson: To Feel Myself Beloved on the Earth
Jeffrey Gibson: To Feel Myself Beloved on the Earth
Art OMI, The Benenson Center, Ghent, NY September 11, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Jeffrey Gibson, a Choctaw-Cherokee artist, is best known for his abstract painting, sculpture and prints which carry an autobiographical cultural inflection. Gibson’s influences range from 19th-century beadwork and Native American iconography, to contemporary street art. This exhibition, To Feel Myself Beloved on the Earth takes its title from “Late Fragment”, the final poem in the poet and short story writer Raymond Carver’s last published work, “A New Path to the Waterfall.”

Kehinde Wiley Painting Commission Inspired by "The Blue Boy"
Kehinde Wiley Painting Commission Inspired by "The Blue Boy"
The Huntington Library, San Marino, California

Roberts Projects is thrilled to announce The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens has commissioned Kehinde Wiley to create a new work inspired by Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy (ca. 1770). Wiley’s A Portrait of a Young Gentleman (also the original title of the Gainsborough painting) will be a large-scale portrait in the Grand Manner style that will be added to The Huntington’s permanent collection. The new painting will be on view from Oct. 2, 2021, through Jan. 3, 2022, in The Huntington’s Thornton Portrait Gallery, opposite the institution’s iconic and recently restored Blue Boy. The acquisition of the Wiley portrait celebrates the 100th anniversary of the purchase of the Gainsborough painting by Henry and Arabella Huntington, the founders of the institution.

Jeffrey Gibson to be honored at Socrates Sculpture Park 35th Annual Benefit
Jeffrey Gibson to be honored at Socrates Sculpture Park 35th Annual Benefit

Jeffrey Gibson will be honored at the Socrates 35th Anniversary Benefit on September 23, 2021. Gibson is an interdisciplinary Choctaw-Cherokee artist and recipient of a 2019 MacArthur “Genius” grant; his enormous technicolor ziggurat Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House was on view as part of the Socrates Sculpture Park’s MONUMENTS NOW exhibition in 2020. The honorees embody the Park’s commitment to artists and the power of their art to shape our culture and lives.

Kehinde Wiley Sculpture Commission for Destination Crenshaw, Los Angeles
Kehinde Wiley Sculpture Commission for Destination Crenshaw, Los Angeles

Roberts Projects is pleased to announce Kehinde Wiley will be participating in Destination Crenshaw with a new monumental sculpture commission. Wiley’s bronze equestrian monument, featuring a young Senegalese woman as the rider, continues his series “Rumors of War,” an ongoing response to Confederate statues still standing in the U.S. despite the national reckoning on race and inequality. 

Gallery Climate Coalition
Gallery Climate Coalition

Roberts Projects is pleased to participate as a founding member of the newly formed Gallery Climate Coalition in Los Angeles. As a member of GCC, the gallery will aim to reduce our carbon footprint by 50% over the next ten years, in line with the Paris Agreement. The goal of the GCC is to facilitate a greener and more sustainable art world.

Uplift Aerospace Unveils Art Program to Launch with Amoako Boafo's Triptych on Blue Origin Shepard Rocket
Uplift Aerospace Unveils Art Program to Launch with Amoako Boafo's Triptych on Blue Origin Shepard Rocket
July 29, 2021

The award-winning international artist Amoako Boafo has been selected to create the inaugural Suborbital Triptych, painted on exterior panels of a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. The Uplift Art Program invites today’s leading artists to push the limits of the next frontier, sharing their vision with collectors, space enthusiasts and culture-lovers throughout the galaxy. Its seminal project, the Suborbital Triptych series, is emblematic of Uplift’s mission to further scientific discoveries and creative experimentation by granting artists access to the most advanced space technologies.

Gallery Weekend Los Angeles
Gallery Weekend Los Angeles
July 28 – August 1, 2021

Roberts Projects is pleased to participate in the inaugural Gallery Weekend Los Angeles with Daniel Crews-Chubb Solitary Us: Couples Paintings. Organized by Gallery Association Los Angeles (GALA), the event features over 70 local galleries and art spaces drawn from both GA(LA)’s membership as well as non-profit art spaces, alternative art spaces, and museums. The first event of an ongoing initiative, this Gallery Weekend is focused on making art accessible for both residents and visitors, and underscores the importance of viewing art in person once again.

Kehinde Wiley to be honored at 2021 Art + Film Gala
Kehinde Wiley to be honored at 2021 Art + Film Gala
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

By Makeda Easter for Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will honor contemporary artists Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley and filmmaker Steven Spielberg at its 2021 Art + Film Gala, the museum is expected to announce Wednesday. As LACMA’s premier fundraiser, the 10th annual event on Nov. 6 will bring together art and fashion figures, civic leaders and celebrities. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s in-person gala was canceled and the museum did not honor any new artists or filmmakers during an intimate virtual gathering. The 2019 gala honoring assemblage artist Betye Saar and “Roma” writer-director Alfonso Cuarón raised more than $4.6 million for the museum.

Wangari Mathenge: UN Women "A Force for Change"
Wangari Mathenge: UN Women "A Force for Change"
United Nations July 16 – July 31, 2021

UN Women, the agency of the United Nations dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment, will host the first all-Black, all-women global selling exhibition and auction titled “A Force for Change”, with proceeds benefiting Black women across the world and the participating artists. The exhibition includes 26 works by prominent and emerging female artists of African descent to recognize and elevate awareness of the transformative power of Black women’s art in social justice movements, and to support UN Women’s nascent global Black Women’s Programme. Works by artists Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, Tschabalala Self, Sungi Mlengeya, Wangari Mathenge, Zanele Muholi, and Selly Rabe Kane are included, among many others. 

Betye Saar: The Alpha and The Omega | Atlas
Betye Saar: The Alpha and The Omega | Atlas
Fondazione Prada, Milano

Since 2018, “Atlas” brings together works from Collezione Prada in Torre's six floors, in the form of an exhibition project. The fourth floor is reopening to the public with an unprecedented dialogue between the works by Goshka Macuga and an installation by Betye Saar. Using various juxtapositions and combinations between different artists, "Atlas" represents a possible mapping on the ideas and visions that guided the shaping of the collection and the collaborations with artists that contributed to the activities of Fondazione Prada.

Jeffrey Gibson | Because Once you Enter My House, It Becomes Our House
Jeffrey Gibson | Because Once you Enter My House, It Becomes Our House
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum June 4, 2021 – June 1, 2022

A monumental sculpture by renowned artist Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee), the title, Because Once You Enter My House, It Becomes Our House, comes from a song Gibson associates with nightclubs that have provided haven and community especially for LGBTQ+ people and BIPOC. The ziggurat form references the earthen architecture of the ancient Mississippian city of Cahokia, which flourished in the seventh through fourteenth centuries, well before European contact.

Betye Saar: 2020 Wolfgang Hahn Prize
Betye Saar: 2020 Wolfgang Hahn Prize
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany June 1 – September 12, 2021

On Sunday, May 30th, 9:30am PST (12:30pm EST) Betye Saar will be awarded the twenty-sixth Wolfgang Hahn Prize by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig.  The Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig acquired the assemblage The Divine Face from 1971 together with the Museum Ludwig for the museum’s collection as part of the prize awarded to Betye Saar. The work will be presented in the museum’s collection from June 1 – September 12, 2021 along with two etchings recently acquired through the “Perlensucher am Museum Ludwig” initiative as well as a collage and an artist’s book.

Betye Saar Print Edition
Betye Saar Print Edition
"The Mystic Eyes (Page from 1970 Betye Saar Sketchbook)" 2020

Created on the occasion of the 2020 Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Betye Saar's "The Mystic Eyes (Page from 1970 Betye Saar Sketchbook)" 2020 explores the all-seeing eye, a motif that makes it seem as if a benevolent deity is looking down upon us. The ancient symbol is said to lend power and offer protection from harm.

Kehinde Wiley and Black Rock Senegal Announce New Benefit Collaboration
Kehinde Wiley and Black Rock Senegal Announce New Benefit Collaboration
May 20, 2021

Kehinde Wiley is pleased to announce the newest product to benefit Black Rock Senegal. The Conspicuous Fraud Series #1 (Eminence) Notebook draws inspiration from an artwork by Kehinde Wiley of the same name, made by the artist while he was in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2001. This early work is part of a larger series which emphasizes and explores the beauty of natural black hair.

Betye Saar
Betye Saar Elected as Member of the Academy of Arts and Letters
2021 Virtual Ceremonial Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 4pm PT (7pm ET)

Roberts Projects congratulates Betye Saar who will be inducted into the Academy of Arts and Letters on Wednesday, May 19th at 4pm PT (7pm ET.) The American Academy of Arts and Letters is an honor society of the country’s 300 leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. The election is considered the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in the United States.

Betye Saar, Lezley Saar, Alison Saar and Tracye Saar-Cavanaugh in Conversation
Betye Saar, Lezley Saar, Alison Saar and Tracye Saar-Cavanaugh in Conversation
Harper's Bazaar May 2021

Betye Saar, Her Daughters, and the House That Never Stopped Making Art. The pioneering artist and her three daughters on family, creativity, and why being able to see beauty, even in difficult times, is the true mother of invention.

Wangari Mathenge The Expats Studies: Impressions on Paper
Wangari Mathenge The Expats Studies: Impressions on Paper
Epiphany Center for the Arts, Chicago May 21 – July 18, 2021

African-born, Chicago-based artist Wangari Mathenge presents a collection of new drawings. Mathenge paints small groups of individuals in conversational sittings viewed from interesting perspectives, which provides insight into both the subject and circumstance. This intimate series of works on paper sees her father at times in familial settings – reading, draped across chairs or posing with a child.

The Edge of Blue
The Edge of Blue
Gallery Platform LA May 13 – 19, 2021

Roberts Projects is pleased to present The Edge of Blue featuring contributions from Amoako Boafo, Lenz Geerk, James Hayward, Ruth Ige, Betye Saar, and Beatrice Wood. Illustrating the poetic depths of the color blue, the works on view use restricted palettes to explore emotional, psychological themes. They point us to reflect on how the same stories can be told in different ways, and that new stories need to be told in as many ways as possible.

Jeffrey Gibson included in 10 Queer Indigenous Artists on Where Their Inspirations Have Led Them
Jeffrey Gibson included in 10 Queer Indigenous Artists on Where Their Inspirations Have Led Them
April 23, 2021

By Samuel Rutter and Caitlin Youngquist for The New York Times T Magazine

Though the pandemic’s grip is starting to loosen, and relief finally feels within reach, this past year has underscored our country’s long history of violence, new examples of which serve as reminders of older ones. Among them are the myriad atrocities perpetuated against Indigenous people in what we now call America (and beyond), individuals whose experiences are to this day too often distorted or left untold. 

Legends from Los Angeles
Legends from Los Angeles
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento January 24, 2021 - August 15, 2021

In the 1970s, Betye Saar (born 1926) emerged as part of the Black Arts Movement and remains best known for her collage and assemblage works that challenge racial stereotypes. Internationally acclaimed, she has received multiple lifetime achievement awards in recent years. Betye Saar’s success continues through her own work and that of her daughters, Lezley Saar (born 1953) and Alison Saar (born 1956), who are also accomplished artists. While they too engage with themes of race, gender, spirituality, and identity, often through narrative, each contributes a unique voice.

Amoako Boafo
Amoako Boafo
Accelerated Transcendence April 2021

By Kristin Farr for Juxtapoz 

Amoako Boafo paints flesh with his fingers. “This lack of instrumental barrier sets me free and diffuses a barrier between myself and the subject. I am able to connect with the subject in a more intimate way, which allows me to create an expressive skin tone. I don’t think this type of stroke can be achieved by a brush,” the artist explains. He’s described his portraits as self reflection focused on identity, and challenging preconceived notions. 

 

Kehinde Wiley: Leviathan Zodiac (2011)
Kehinde Wiley: Leviathan Zodiac (2011)
Now on View at Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida

Kehinde Wiley’s Leviathan Zodiac (2011) from The World Stage: Israel series, was recently acquired by Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida for their permanent collection. An important addition to the museum’s holdings, the painting is now on display in the institution’s newly renovated Great Hall. The World Stage: Israel was presented at Roberts & Tilton (2011) and traveled to the Jewish Museum, New York, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco and Boise Art Museum.

How Friendship Helps Us Transcend Ourselves
How Friendship Helps Us Transcend Ourselves
April 12, 2021

By Megan O'Grady for The New York Times T Magazine

“The Ascendants XI (Homage to Ecclesiastes Three, One Through Eight)” (2021), made exclusively for T by the Chicago-based artist Wangari Mathenge, who said: “As part of the diaspora, I’m interested in what can ease the sense of displacement. The figures here might long to step out into a different kind of world, but for now they sit in comfortable silence in a shared space they’ve created for themselves. Who are the people you feel safe with? Maybe you take them for granted, but they are actually really important.”

Betye Saar: Call and Response
Betye Saar: Call and Response
Mississippi Museum of Art April 10 – July 11, 2021

Los Angeles–based artist Betye Saar (b. 1926) emerged in the 1960s as a major voice in American art. Part of a generation of artists, many of them African American, who embraced the medium of assemblage, she is known best for incisive collages and sculptures that confront and reclaim racist depictions.

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Who Is This? Why Are They Staring So Deeply at Me? April 8, 2021

By Emily Steer for Elephant

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe’s Self-Portrait (2019) features on the cover of Elephant’s brand-new Spring/Summer 2021 issue. It is a powerful image, depicting the Ghanaian artist locked in an intense gaze with the viewer, against a brilliant yellow background. This potent and very direct eye contact threads through many of Quaicoe’s paintings, of both himself and others.

He Used to Work for FedEx. Now, Artist Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe Is at the Forefront of the Next Generation of West African Art Stars
He Used to Work for FedEx. Now, Artist Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe Is at the Forefront of the Next Generation of West African Art Stars
March 22, 2021

By Tom Seymour for Artnet

The artist reflects on life in America and Ghana's failure to recognize its homegrown scene. Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe never thought he’d leave Accra. But then life happened. He fell in love, eloped, and moved from his native Ghana to Portland, Oregon, in 2017.

Dark Times: Betye Saar Washboard Assemblages 1997–2015
Dark Times: Betye Saar Washboard Assemblages 1997–2015
Art Basel OVR: Pioneers March 24–27, 2021

Roberts Projects is delighted to participate in Art Basel OVR: Pioneers. A tightly curated presentation surveying two decades of Betye Saar’s iconic washboard assemblages, Dark Times looks to outline the historic relationships between women’s roles, the divisions of labor, and social class based on race.

Wangari Mathenge Included in "Rooms of Our Own — Art and the Inner Lives of Women"
Wangari Mathenge Included in "Rooms of Our Own — Art and the Inner Lives of Women"
March 5, 2021

By Enuma Okoro for Financial Times

This past week we hit 11C in New York. It’s not exactly spring yet, but after what feels like an incredibly long winter, the slight rise in temperature was enough to get me scouring the internet for exhibitions welcoming masked visitors. I’ve been so cautious and homebound the past few months, and I’ve missed venturing out to see art in real life, up close and personal.

Kehinde Wiley
Why Kehinde Wiley Listens to Audiobooks When He Paints
February 17, 2021

By Jay Cheshes for Wall Street Journal Magazine

As lockdowns began spreading around the world last winter, artist Kehinde Wiley, 43, was working in Norway, shooting footage in the fjords for an upcoming show exploring the European landscape and seascape traditions—an “epic painting and film project,” he calls it—opening late this year at the National Gallery in London. “Gorgeous,” he says, of the Nordic locale, “but then, of course, the reality of the pandemic started to make itself clear.”

Amoako Boafo
Amoako Boafo Included in Time Magazine's "2021 TIME100 Next"
February 17, 2021

By Cady Lang for Time Magazine

Amoako Boafo is a rising art-world superstar. The 36-year-old Ghanaian artist’s work, characterized by bright colors and textured finger painting, highlights Black identity and the African diaspora with complexity and warmth: in the 2020 painting The Pink Background, for example, two men lean into each other as if posing for a photo, both clad in suits and standing before a rose-colored backdrop.

Betye Saar and Kehinde Wiley included in HBO Original Documentary "Black Art: In The Absence Of Light"
Betye Saar and Kehinde Wiley included in HBO Original Documentary "Black Art: In The Absence Of Light"
View on HBO

Inspired by the late David Driskell’s landmark 1976 exhibition, “Two Centuries of Black American Art,” the documentary "Black Art: In the Absence of Light" offers an illuminating introduction to the work of some of the foremost Black visual artists working today.  Directed by Sam Pollard (Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children) the film shines a light on the extraordinary impact of Driskell’s exhibit on generations of Black artists who have staked a claim on their rightful place within the 21st-Century art world.

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe: Black Cowboy
Gallery Platform LA February 4 – 17, 2021

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe: Black Cowboy takes as its subject the lesser-known history of Black cowboys of the American Frontier as seen through lens of contemporary portraiture. Quaicoe, a Ghanian painter living in Portland, Oregon, utilizes color to accentuate his subjects’ themes of empowerment while embracing ideas of personal narrative. His portraits of Black cowboys modernize the genre without continuing a popular yet inaccurate and exclusionary account of US history.

Black Rock Senegal
Black Rock Senegal Announces Official Selection Of Artists For 2021
February 2, 2021

Black Rock Senegal today announced the 2021 participants for the second year of its Artist-in-Residence program. Founded by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley in 2019, Black Rock Senegal seeks to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about Africa. The second year of the program will run between February and December 2021.

Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Resident Artists Are Named
February 2, 2021

By Dionne Searcey for The New York Times

A Congolese painter whose art reflects how globalization and consumerism have transformed African society. A Nigerian-American filmmaker whose work focuses on cultures and experiences of Africans and the diaspora. A visual activist from Texas who forces her viewers to confront issues that are deemed difficult to tackle. These are among the 16 artists selected for the 2021 residency at Black Rock Senegal, the seaside studio in the West African capital city of Dakar belonging to Kehinde Wiley, the painter best known for his portrait of former President Barack Obama.

Brenna Youngblood Now Represented by Roberts Projects
Brenna Youngblood Now Represented by Roberts Projects
January 11, 2021

Roberts Projects is thrilled to announce representation of Los Angeles-based artist Brenna Youngblood. In assemblage, multimedia collage, painting, sculpture and installation, Brenna Youngblood takes as her subject the distilling and revising of an alternative Americana as seen through a dry art historical lens. Her work incorporates both autobiographical and fictional narratives to explore the iconography of the Black experience, the methods, politics and ethics of representation, and the legacy of abstraction.

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe: You're in America
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe: You're in America
Winter 2021

Interview by Shaquille Heath for Juxtapoz

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe wants you to feel seen. And I mean that sincerely. It is at the heart of what he does. In every brushstroke, every flower, every mouth covered and eyeball exposed. He is methodical. A powerful narrator, he documents Black life by painting subject’s likeness, enriched with flourishes from his personal memory bank. It is almost historical fiction, yet his instincts are spot on. 

Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley "Go"
Moynihan Train Hall, New York City December 30, 2020

On December 30, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the opening of the new Moynihan Train Hall, along with Kehinde Wiley's site-specific art installation Go, 2020. Commanding the expansive ceiling of the 33rd Street Midblock Entrance Hall, Wiley’s hand-painted glass triptych celebrates the vibrancy and virtuosity of bodies in motion at monumental scale.

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Kehinde Wiley's Second Annual Charitable Print
To Support Black Rock Residency Program December 15, 2020

Kehinde Wiley's second annual charitable print to support Black Rock Senegal is now available.  Named for the volcanic rocks that blanket its shoreline, Black Rock is a residency program created by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley which seeks to incite change in the global discourse around West Africa in the context of creative evolution.

Amoako Boafo Named One of the Most Influential Artists of 2020 by Artsy
Amoako Boafo Named One of the Most Influential Artists of 2020 by Artsy
December 7, 2020

By Allyssia Alleyne for Artsy

At the start of 2020, it was impossible to predict that this year would transform the art world as we knew it. By March, the COVID-19 pandemic began to throw entire years of museum, gallery, and biennial exhibitions into the balance, and it may have forever rocked the international art fair circuit. In June, the Black Lives Matter movement swept through the art world and ushered in a long overdue reckoning with the inequity and systemic racism of the art industry. Amoako Boafo was one of the artists at the forefront of these waves of change.

Betye Saar
Betye Saar Named One of the Most Influential Artists of 2020 by Artsy
December 7, 2020

By Shannon Lee for Artsy

At the start of 2020, it was impossible to predict that this year would transform the art world as we knew it. By March, the COVID-19 pandemic began to throw entire years of museum, gallery, and biennial exhibitions into the balance, and it may have forever rocked the international art fair circuit. In June, the Black Lives Matter movement swept through the art world and ushered in a long overdue reckoning with the inequity and systemic racism of the art industry. Betye Saar was one of the artists at the forefront of these waves of change.

Breakfast in the Park with Jeffrey Gibson
Breakfast in the Park with Jeffrey Gibson
Frost Art Museum, Miami Sunday, December 6, 2020, 11am EST

The Frost Art Museum FIU is hosting their first virtual 17th annual Breakfast in the Park on Sunday, December 6, 2020. This much-anticipated annual event will feature a lecture by 2019 MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner Jeffrey Gibson

Betye Saar
Betye Saar’s “Mystic Chart for an Unemployed Sorceress”
November 23, 2020

By Patricia Spears Jones for The New Yorker

My runes are in ruins, little laughter here for my sarcasm
What to do, this chart confuses, conflates moon, which phase
And honey, local or from some exotic shore and what of money
My savings stuffed beneath deflating mattress. Each cold

Jeffrey Gibson
Jeffrey Gibson: To Feel Myself Beloved on the Earth
Palm Springs Art Museum | Art Party Friday, December 4, 2020, 6pm PST

Palm Springs Art Museum is pleased to announce its signature fundraising gala, Art Party, will be held virtually in your home on Friday, December 4. This online event will feature the world premiere of a new performance art piece by internationally acclaimed artist Jeffrey Gibson, as well as a behind-the-scenes studio tour showcasing highlights of his creative process. The evening will be capped off with a celebrity MC and performances by guest entertainers.

Betye Saar
Tracking Down Our Roots: A Conversation with Ishmael Reed
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6pm EST

Join novelist, poet, and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Ishmael Reed for a conversation on the empowering role of art as a vehicle for reclaiming elements of African spirituality and culture. Reed has explored this theme in his writing, including in his collaboration with Betye Saar on A Secretary to the Spirits in the 1970s. He is the author of more than thirty titles including the acclaimed novel Mumbo Jumbo, as well as non-fiction, plays, and poetry. Six collages from the Morgan collection that Betye Saar made in response to Reed’s poems are currently on view in the exhibition, Betye Saar: Call and Response.  
 

Brenna Youngblood
Brenna Youngblood's Seattle Art Museum Object of the Week: Map of the World
November 6, 2020

By Carrie Dedon

Brenna Youngblood’s abstract paintings are invariably more layered—literally and figuratively—than first meets the eye. Originally trained as a photographer, Youngblood works with an extensive personal archive of photographs and objects that she collages onto the surfaces of her densely painted canvases. In a 2013 interview she discussed the importance of this textured surface, and the integration of everyday objects into it.

Betye Saar
Betye Saar
The Travel Almanac Cover and Extensive Interview Autumn / Winter 2020

By Katrice Dustin for The Travel Almanac

Betye Saar’s 1972 work The Liberation of Aunt Jemima was once credited by activist Angela Davis with marking the beginning of the Black Women’s Movement. The piece—arguably Saar’s most widely known—depicts the mammy caricature of Aunt Jemima reimagined as a freedom fighter: a broom in one hand, a rifle in the other. Fast forward almost fifty years later to the second American Civil Rights Movement, and that same Jim Crow era symbol of systemic racism has finally been set free from the legacy of slavery, with Quaker agreeing in Spring 2020 to discontinue the infamous Aunt Jemima branding on their maple syrup bottles.

30 Americans
30 Americans
Albuquerque Museum October 3, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Kehinde Wiley is participating in 30 Americans, an exhibition showcasing many of the most important contemporary artists from across the United States. Created from the 1970s to present, the artworks, including paintings, installations, sculptures, and videos, are aesthetically and thematically diverse. This provocative exhibition explores how artists shed light on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity.

Michael Dopp – Artist-Run Spaces: A Conversation
Michael Dopp – Artist-Run Spaces: A Conversation
Boston University Alumni Association and the College of Fine Arts – Webinar October 30, 2020

Join Boston University Alumni Association and the College of Fine Arts for a discussion about artist-run spaces. We will hear from six artists from around the world. They will discuss the history of alternative exhibition spaces, their own practice, and how their experimental and creative approaches in exhibiting artworks redefine the landscape of contemporary art culture.

Jeffrey Gibson
Jeffrey Gibson: Nothing is Eternal
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco Special Screening October 30 - November 3, 2020

Jeffrey Gibson presents Nothing is Eternal, a newly commissioned video with musical composition commissioned by the Wattis Institute. Conceived during this pandemic era, the immersive video work depicts the American flag in unsettling stillness, as a marker of territory, and projected onto bodies, while set to a heartrending soundtrack. At once melancholic and beautiful, Gibson renders the iconic image of the flag as both elastic and unyielding. The slow transformation through time, color, and form reflects both a distillation of our social collapse and the reinvention of self and community, referencing the movement and change that is so desired for this nation.

Betye Saar
At 94, Betye Saar Is Letting Intuition Lead the Way
October 22, 2020

By CCH Pounder for Interview Magazine

In the annals of art history, there is a tendency to see the “found object” as a raw material best suited for the cynical, winking gestures of Dada or Pop Art. But at the age of 94, Betye Saar has spent more than a half-century creating radical, poetic, socially textured assemblages by turning mere stuff into profound masterpieces: an ironing board, advertising signs, glass bottles, throwaway items often discovered at flea markets and thrift stores, and collected in her Southern California studio.

Betye Saar
Betye Saar: Art and Motherhood Are "Both About Creation"
October 21, 2020

By Jessica Lynne for Town & Country

Few artists have had careers as storied as Betye Saar’s. Her recently opened exhibition, Betye Saar: Call and Response, on view through January 31 at the Morgan Library and Museum, makes that abundantly clear. Saar’s work consistently challenges flattened representations of Blackness, instead articulating an artistic code informed by Saar’s maternal lineage, spiritual symbolisms, and cultural motifs that span the African diaspora.

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Zhao Zhao
Collaboration with Louis Vuitton

Zhao Zhao’s take on the Louis Vuitton Capucines is a puzzle of over three hundred laser-cut parts elegantly sewn together into a sophisticated composition. Treading the balance between tradition and innovation, numerous exclusive techniques, such as silkscreen printing, high-frequency embossing and 3D embroidery, have been utilized to transform over hundreds of pieces of leather comprised of five different types. Zhao Zhao's collaboration with Louis Vuitton draws on the fashion house’s rich history of collaborating with artists, including high profile projects by Takeshi Murakami, Richard Prince, Stephen Sprouse, and Yayoi Kusama.

Kehinde Wiley
Memling Now: Hans Memling in Contemporary Art
Museu Brugge, Sint-Janshospitaal, Belgium October 1, 2020 - February 1, 2021

Kehinde Wiley is participating in Memling Now: Hans Memling in Contemporary Art, with paintings inspired by Hans Memling, one of the most significant painters of the Burgundian Bruges genre. The exhibition brings together five contemporary artists whose work has and continues to find inspiration in Memling’s enduring masterpieces, including his world-renowned Ursula Shrine. Works both old and new by the invited artists are being integrated into the existing display of Memling works at the Sint-Janshospitaal, a centuries’ old hospital that has been recently completely restored and serves as a museum for the works of Hans Memling.

Ed Templeton Joins 150 Other American Photographers Selling $150 Prints to Fight Voter Suppression
Ed Templeton Joins 150 Other American Photographers Selling $150 Prints to Fight Voter Suppression
October 14, 2020

By Taylor Dafoe for Artnet

More than 150 prominent American photographers and artists have teamed up for a five-day print sale benefiting groups fighting voter suppression in five swing states. Dawoud Bey, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, and Alec Soth are among those participating in the flash fundraiser, called States of Change, which is live now through October 18.

Betye Saar
Betye Saar: Call and Response
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York September 12, 2020 - January 31, 2021

Betye Saar: Call and Response looks at the relationship between Betye Saar’s finished works and the preliminary annotated sketches she has made in small notebooks throughout her career. In addition, the show will include approximately a dozen of Saar’s travel sketchbooks with more finished drawings and collages—often relating to leitmotifs seen across her oeuvre—which she has made over a lifetime of journeys worldwide. Selections will cover the span of her career, from the late 1960s up through a sculptural installation made specifically for this exhibition.

Jeffrey Gibson Encourages Voting With New Billboards
Jeffrey Gibson Encourages Voting With New Billboards
October 14, 2020

By Valentina Di Liscia for Hyperallergic

How do you reach hundreds of millions of potential voters three weeks before an election? Public art may be one way. As part of “Art for Action,” works by artists including Jeffrey Gibson, Jenny Holzer, Tomashi Jackson, and Carrie Mae Weems are on display on 350 digital screens in 16 cities across the US through Election Day, with seven additional artists showing on screens in Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio.

Amref Health Africa Art Ball
Amref Health Africa Art Ball
Including work by Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe Online Auction Closing October 13, 2020

Amref Health Africa ArtBall is a premier contemporary African, Pan-African, and Black art auction to benefit Amref Health Africa’s COVID-19 mitigation work on the ground in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Sudan, Senegal, Zambia, Malawi, and South Africa. Pillars of this work consist of training health workers, providing access to clean water and proper sanitation, testing and laboratory strengthening, and mitigating secondary impacts. Amref Health Africa is the largest African-based NGO in the world with over 100 health-centered programs across 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, reaching over nine million people per year.

Critical Resistance: Imagine Freedom - Art Works for Abolition: Live Benefit Auction
Critical Resistance: Imagine Freedom - Art Works for Abolition: Live Benefit Auction
Including work by Wangari Mathenge Live Bidding Begins October 13, 2020

Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.

Otis Quaicoe
The Ascent of Young Ghanaian Artist Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
October 2, 2020

By Terence Trouillot for Artsy

On a hot summer day this year, I was relieved to speak to the Ghanaian artist Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe over the phone and not through a screen. Sure, it would have been nice to see him face-to-face, but there was something quite familiar and soothing to just hear (and focus on) the timbre and natural joy in his voice—his friendly disposition signaled by the cadence in his speech. I asked him how he was doing amid the protests and forest fires in Portland, Oregon, where he lives and works. He told me solemnly, “I come to the studio to shut the world out.”

Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools
Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools
The Box, Plymouth, UK September 29, 2020 - January 24, 2021

In 2017, Wiley made his first ever film installation. Narrenschiff (German for Ship of Fools) is a three-channel digital projection with direct reference to the 15th-century book of the same title by the German theologian, Sebastian Brant. The book satirised politicians, clerics and other well-known or influential people and was a huge success of the time, narrating the story of a crew of fools lost at sea.

Dominic Chambers: Like the Shapes of Clouds on Water
Dominic Chambers: Like the Shapes of Clouds on Water
August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh September 18, 2020 - December 13, 2020

Dominic Chambers creates large scale paintings and drawings that reference literary narratives cited in books, various mythologies, and African-American history. Specifically, working through color field paintings, his current work is invested in exploring moments of contemplation and meditation through reading and leisure.

Betye Saar
Betye Saar
A Spiritual Study in Blue September 11, 2020

New York Times T Magazine

In each installment of The Artists, T highlights a recent or little-shown work by a Black artist, along with a few words from that artist putting the work into context. This week, we’re looking at a new piece by Betye Saar, known for her legendary work in assemblage, and whose solo show “Call and Response” opens Sept. 12 at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. Betye Saar’s new work is a collection of found objects, including a sarcophagus from Egypt and wood pieces from a local craft store.

Jeffrey Gibson MONUMENTS NOW
Jeffrey Gibson MONUMENTS NOW
Emily Johnson Performance Live-Stream

Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City
Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 6:30 – 8pm EST

Artist Jeffrey Gibson has curated a series of performances by Indigenous artists to activate his project, ‘Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House‘ for the ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition. After an inaugural performance by acclaimed violinist Laura Ortman on July 24, the series continues with a new original work by dancer Emily Johnson live-streamed to the Park’s Facebook & Zoom accounts.

Brenna Youngblood Featured in "Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art"
Brenna Youngblood Featured in "Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art"

Edited by Antwaun Sargent, the publication accompanies the traveling exhibition, surveys the work of a new generation of Black artists, and features the voices of a diverse group of curators who are on the cutting edge of contemporary art. 

Amoako Boafo
Amoako Boafo on His Incredible Portraits: ‘I Paint to Show What I Am’
September 1, 2020

By Andrianna Campbell-LaFleur for Wall Street Journal

Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo, who lives in Vienna and studies at the Academy of Fine Arts there, was virtually unknown in the United States until the painter Kehinde Wiley contacted him in 2018 via Instagram. Wiley sent a short note and a line of encouragement and eventually an introduction to his Los Angeles dealers, Julie and Bennett Roberts of Roberts Projects. Boafo soon had a solo show at the gallery, and another is scheduled for next year.

Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley on Protests’ Results: ‘I’m Not Impressed Yet’
August 28, 2020

By Dionne Searcey for The New York Times

When Covid-19 started spreading across the globe in late winter and some nations began sealing their borders, the American artist Kehinde Wiley was abroad and quickly had to decide where he wanted to ride out the coming viral storm. He chose Dakar, Senegal, site of his spacious, magnificently windswept Black Rock studio complex on the sea.

Betye Saar
Mojo Rising
The Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery at California State University, Los Angeles August 24 - October 9, 2020

Mojo Rising features Betye Saar’s ongoing mojo focus, and local artists who are inspired by these ideas to create cultural narratives and engaging objects that challenge normalizing tropes, and reveal practices influenced by Saar’s ceaseless commitment to making, sharing, teaching and encouraging artists in Los Angeles and beyond.

Ardeshir Tabrizi
Ardeshir Tabrizi
Newport Art Museum 2020 Benefit Auction

Online Auction August 5 - 29, 2020

Newport Art Museum will present a virtual Benefit Auction, supporting art, artists, and the Museum, from August 5 – 29. The Auction will feature the work of 70 established artists who have donated their exceptional artworks, including paintings, prints, and photographs.

Roberts Projects
Roberts Projects Joins The Art Dealers Association of America Membership
August 1, 2020

Roberts Projects is pleased to announce its selection as a member of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), a nonprofit organization of the nation’s leading galleries in the fine arts. ADAA seeks to promote the highest standards of connoisseurship, scholarship and ethical practice within the profession since its inauguration in 1962. Members have extensive expertise across primary and secondary markets and established reputations for upholding the best practices in the field.
 

Jeffrey Gibson
Jeffrey Gibson: Every Eye Open
Gallery Platform LA August 6 - 12, 2020

Roberts Projects is pleased to participate in Gallery Platform LA with Jeffrey Gibson: Every Eye Open. The presentation brings together a selection of ceramics in the style of early Mississippian culture ceramic “head pots,” paying due to the complexities of American history by accessing a less prominent ceramics tradition.

Jeffrey Gibson
Jeffrey Gibson
Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2020 Online Auction Closing July 21, 2020

Proceeds from Jeffrey Gibson's, Time Warp, will provide critical funding to Headlands in support of the development of new work and ideas through programs for artists and the public that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society. Proceeds will also benefit NDN Collective, an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power and Black Lives Matter, a global organization whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Proverbial Portraiture: The Power of Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
July 2020

By Kate Caruso for Artillery

When I talk with Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, his smiling face lights up the video conference window as he speaks of joy.  He hopes to bring joy to the subjects of his portraits, and to those that view them.  Picking up the range of tonality in Blackness, his portraits demand attention with a quiet yet confrontational gaze.  He talks a lot about empowerment which is registered in the stately and real postures of his sitters, who apperar before us like subjects in court portraiture.

Kehinde Wiley and the Duke of Devonshire
Kehinde Wiley and the Duke of Devonshire
July 16, 2020

As part of Sotheby's 500 Years of Art: Summer Talks series, Kehinde Wiley and the Duke of Devonshire explore the ways in which contemporary artists are inspired and influenced by the great art of the past, referencing it to explore ideas about identity, status and culture.

Jeffrey Gibson
Jeffrey Gibson
Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House

Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City
On view through March 2021

Jeffrey Gibson’s commission for the ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition, Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House, serves as an homage to ingenuity of Indigenous North American peoples and cultures, to pre-Columbian Mississippian architecture, and to queer camp aesthetics. Gibson has designed the multi-tiered structure to reference the earthen architecture of the ancient metropolis of Cahokia, the largest city of the North American Indigenous Mississippian people at its height in the thirteenth century.

Amoako Boafo Collaboration with Dior
Amoako Boafo Collaboration with Dior

Dior men’s Artistic Director Kim Jones collaborates with the Ghana-born, Vienna-trained artist Amoako Boafo through an intimate, all-encompassing and honest cultural conversation that began in 2019. Their meeting at the Rubell Museum in Miami was artistic love at first sight; Kim Jones and Amoako Boafo have a true mutual admiration for each other’s work.

Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley: Peintre de L'Épopée
Centre d'Art La Malmaison, Cannes, France July 10 - November 1, 2020

Drawing inspiration from the Old Masters, from Titian and Gainsborough to Van Dyck and Ingres, Kehinde Wiley: Peintre de L'Épopée presents twenty works centered around a uniquely political and aesthetic perspective, making visible history’s invisible figures, allowing the viewer to engage with the notions of perception as it pertains to power and place.
 

Betye Saar Studio Visit
Betye Saar Studio Visit
Gallery Platform LA

Renowned artist Betye Saar defies description and categorization in her mixed media practice, which deals with her travels and personal history, politics, spirituality, and race. Saar is well known for her pioneering collage and assemblage-work in the late 1960s and 70s. In this visit, the groundbreaking artist talks about her sketchbooks and making art from “anything”—true to her assemblage-dominant practice.

Untitled, 2020. Three Perspectives on the Art of the Present
Untitled, 2020. Three Perspectives on the Art of the Present
Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy July 7 - December 13, 2020

Betye Saar is participating in ‘Untitled, 2020. Three perspectives on the art of the present’, conceived and curated by Caroline Bourgeois, Muna El Fituri and the artist Thomas Houseago. Accompanied by a wealth of references and quotes and ranging from the twentieth century through to the present day, the works set up a dialogue that triggers emotional, sensory, visual and tactile connections.

Betye Saar Rainbow Mojo
Betye Saar Participating in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston June 27 – August 30, 2020

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 explores what it meant to be a Black artist in America during two revolutionary decades, from the 1960s and the Civil Rights movement to the early 1980s and the emergence of identity politics. The story unfolds in thematic sections, with a special emphasis on aligned groups in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and another focus on the work of Betye Saar.

Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley
Black Rock Senegal News & Updates June 2020

This has been a remarkable year for Black Rock Senegal which opened its doors in May 2019, sharing Kehinde Wiley’s magnificent vision with friends from near and far. In August 2019, Black Rock launched the inaugural year of the artist residency, welcoming the first three artists to live and make work on the compound. As of today, Black Rock has hosted 15 artists working in literature, multimedia, painting, photography, sculpture and textiles.

Daniel Crews-Chubb Studio Visit
Daniel Crews-Chubb Studio Visit

Daniel Crews-Chubb gives a tour of his South London studio in this video offering an intimate glimpse into the mixed-media artist's work and upcoming project Chariots commissioned by English Heritage to be on view at Wellington Arch.

Essential Arts: Betye Saar
Essential Arts: Betye Saar
May 30, 2020

By Carolina Miranda for LA Times

I’m starting with a throwback: a rendering by Betye Saar for a mural that occupied a wall on Fifth Street in downtown L.A. from 1983 to 1987. Located near the old headquarters of SoCal Edison at the base of Bunker Hill, the work, titled “L.A. Energy,” is now a point of inspiration for an online exhibition of Saar’s works on galleryplatform.la. Organized by Roberts Projects, the show explores notions of spiritual power.

By Harley Wong for Artsy

Amoako Boafo has experienced a meteoric rise in the art world over the past year. Known for large-scale portraits of Black subjects rendered in bold, gestural strokes, Boafo has only gained momentum in 2020. Recently, in April 2020, he donated a painting, Aurore Iradukunda (2020), to an online benefit auction supporting the Museum of the African Diaspora during the COVID-19 pandemic.

gallery platform la
GalleryPlatform.LA

Roberts Projects is pleased to announce its participation in galleryplatform.la, an initiative of the new Gallery Association Los Angeles. This online platform launches on May 15, 2020 and currently includes sixty Los Angeles art galleries. GalleryPlatform.LA will present twelve gallery “viewing rooms” each week, with each gallery appearing on the platform once every six weeks. Please visit GalleryPlatform.LA for more information and to subscribe to the newsletter. 

betye saar
Betye Saar
Call and Response: Full of Drawings of Envisioned Works, Betye Saar’s Sketchbooks Serve as a ‘Wellspring of Creativity’ Apr 26, 2020

By Victoria L. Valentine for Culture Type

The exhibition catalogue that accompanies “Betye Saar: Call and Response,” the artist’s showcase of sketchbooks and related artworks, is a real treasure.

Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the exhibition features sketchbooks dating from 1970 to 2015. The show represents an important milestone for Saar, given it is the first exhibition at a museum in her home state of California to address her entire career and the first anywhere organized around her sketchbooks.

Jeffrey Gibson
Jeffrey Gibson
Contributing to Food Bank For New York City Benefit Auction April 24 - May 8, 2020

In this “new normal” of social distancing, shuttered businesses, lost wages, and closed schools thousands of more New Yorkers are facing food insecurity. 100% of the proceeds of this emergency benefit auction, organized by artist Doron Langberg and facilitated by Yossi Milo Gallery, will support Food Bank For New York City, the city’s leading hunger-relief organization.  Founded in 1983, the mission of Food Bank For New York City is to end hunger by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity.

Museum of African Diaspora
Amoako Boafo, Wangari Mathenge and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Contributing to Diaspora Unite! Artists of African Descent Benefit Auction 2020 April 21 - May 5, 2020

Museum of the African Diaspora + Artsy are thrilled to present MoAD: Diaspora Unite! Artists of African Descent Benefit Auction 2020 featuring works from some of the more important artists of African descent around the globe. In creating an expansive, yet focused auction representing the infinite iterations of the African diaspora, MoAD brings together artists who have close ties to the museum in support of their mission as they continue the significant work done by the museum over the last 15 years since they’ve opened their doors to the public. This auction will provide critical funding to account for the loss of revenues due to COVID-19 as MoAD makes every effort to open their doors once again.

Wangari Mathenge
Wangari Mathenge Now Represented by Roberts Projects
April 13, 2020

Roberts Projects is pleased to announce representation of Wangari Mathenge, a historically-focused painter who reinterprets traditional African patriarchal society alongside her own. Juxtaposing modern and contemporary references, Mathenge's work is dedicated to the investigation and incorporation of a visual testimony of the oft-discounted black female experience within the context of both customary African society and the Diaspora. Shifting the dialogue around painting and identity, the artist's portraits highlight these silent exchanges and hierarchical dynamics. Often depicting people with whom she has significant relationships, her paintings are realized through structured compositions emboldened with gestural strokes and mark making.

Jeffrey Gibson
Ten Years Ago, Artist Jeffrey Gibson Almost Quit the Art World in Frustration. Here’s How He Found the Strength to Keep Striving
March 26, 2020

By Taylor Dafoe for Artnet

In the light-filled gymnasium of an old schoolhouse in Hudson, New York, a punching bag adorned with neon beads and tassels hangs near a long-forgotten basketball hoop. A totemic sculpture stands in a carpeted classroom and masks are strung through the woodshop.

This is the studio of Jeffrey Gibson, a Choctaw-Cherokee artist known for his signature hybrid of Native American iconography and materials with late-capitalist aesthetics. It’s Indigenous Futurism, to borrow a label posited by Anishinaabe writer Grace L. Dillon: the regalia of pow-wows meets that of ‘90s rave culture, while quilted tapestries are patterned with Op art.

Betye Saar
Betye Saar CBS Sunday Morning Profile
February 23, 2020

In recent months 93-year-old artist Betye Saar has been cast in the spotlight, with glowing reviews for major shows at New York City's Museum of Modern Art (October 21, 2019 – January 4, 2020) and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (September 22, 2019 – April 5, 2020.)  Saar's primary art form is assemblage – sculptures made from found items that she pieces together, often addressing spirituality and black oppression – that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Correspondent Serna Altschul reports.

Kehinde Wiley: The Yellow Wallpaper
Kehinde Wiley: The Yellow Wallpaper
William Morris Gallery, London, UK February 22 - May 25, 2020

The Yellow Wallpaper is an exhibition of new portraits by American artist Kehinde Wiley. This will be the first solo exhibition of new work shown by Wiley at a UK museum and also the first to feature exclusively female portraits. The works feature women that the artist met on the streets of Dalston and offer a visual response to American novelist Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s acclaimed feminist text, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892).

‘The Yellow Wallpaper is a work of literary fiction that explores the contours of femininity and insanity. This exhibition seeks to use the language of the decorative to reconcile blackness, gender, and a beautiful and terrible past.’ — Kehinde Wiley

Jeffrey Gibson
Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks
Brooklyn Museum February 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Jeffrey Gibson, an artist of Choctaw and Cherokee descent, incorporates elements of Native American art and craft into his practice, creating a rich visual and conceptual dialogue between his work and the histories that inform it. In Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks, he selected objects from our collection, which are presented alongside his recent work. The resulting multimedia, floor-to-ceiling installation questions long-held institutional categorizations and representations of Indigenous peoples and Native American art. It also provides a context for Gibson’s work and acts as a contemporary lens through which to see historical works by both Indigenous and non-Native peoples.

Kehinde Wiley: Two Napoleons in Brooklyn, One in Timberlands
Kehinde Wiley: Two Napoleons in Brooklyn, One in Timberlands
February 12, 2020

By Jason Farago for The New York Times

A French masterpiece has come to New York for the first time ever, and has been greeted with a curious silence.

It’s Jacques-Louis David’s “Bonaparte Crossing the Alps,” from 1801, and you know it even if you’ve never seen it in person, so enduring is its propaganda. To commemorate Napoleon’s victory over Austria at the Battle of Marengo, David painted him charging up a mountain on a piebald steed, right arm pointing skyward, trademark bicorne on his head, cool and cocksure as his horse bucks its front heels. In copies the artist and his studio made afterward Napoleon wears a red cape, but here, in the original, he’s wrapped in a mantle of gold, starchy and solid in the Alpine air.

These Emerging Black Artists Are the Future of Figurative Painting
These Emerging Black Artists Are the Future of Figurative Painting
February 11, 2020

By Isis Davis-Marks for Artsy

Wangari Mathenge’s paintings often show people caught in a particular moment. Maybe they’re drinking a cup of coffee, like the woman in Coffee At Cassell’s (2019), or gazing wistfully at something beyond the frame, as in The Cacophony of Silence (2019). Some of her figures are based on herself or pictures of family members.

“I’ve heard comments about how empowering and inspiring it is for black people to see themselves reflected this way,” Mathenge said. “However, for me, painting is merely an expression of myself, a form of catharsis. Currently, it takes the form of figurative painting, but if it ever morphed into abstraction, it would still feel the same to me—something of me that I offer to the world unsolicited.”

Kehinde Wiley
Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley
Brooklyn Museum January 24 – May 10, 2020

Kehinde Wiley’s triumphant Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (2005), a hallmark of our collection, comes face to face with the nineteenth-century painting on which it is based: Jacques-Louis David’s Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (1800–1). The unprecedented pairing of these two magisterial portraits, in the exhibition Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley, also marks the first time David’s original version of Bonaparte Crossing the Alps is on view in New York.

Event: Desperate Times Call for Betye Saar: Liberation Through Found Objects
Event: Desperate Times Call for Betye Saar: Liberation Through Found Objects
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
7pm

What might look like junk to the ordinary person is magically turned into compelling and memorable works by artist Betye Saar. In the exhibition Betye Saar: Call and Response, an ironing board takes on the shape of a slave ship, a cocktail tray becomes a tool for meditation and discovery, and a washboard—inscribed with “Extreme Times call for Extreme Heroines” and paired with a mammy figure holding guns—becomes a call to action.

Noah Davis
How Noah Davis Became a Powerful Painter and Museum Founder before His Death at Age 32
By Scott Indrisek for Artsy January 8, 2020

Noah Davis died at the young age of 32 in 2015, but he’s now remembered as a talented painter, a generous member of the Los Angeles arts community, and the founder of one of the city’s most unconventional institutions.

The Underground Museum—a family-run venue that Davis launched with his wife, Karon Davis, to showcase his own work as well as that of his peers—ended up becoming a wildly singular venue that, via a partnership with Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), was able to present the likes of William Kentridge and Deana Lawson to fresh audiences.

Kehinde Wiley "Rumors of War" Unveiled at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Kehinde Wiley "Rumors of War" Unveiled at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
December 10, 2019

As a direct response to the Confederate statues that line Monument Avenue in Richmond, Kehinde Wiley conceived the idea for Rumors of War when he visited the city in 2016 for the opening of Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at VMFA. Rumors of War takes its inspiration from the statue of Confederate Army General James Ewell Brown “J.E.B.” Stuart created by Frederick Moynihan in 1907. As with the original sculpture, the rider strikes a heroic pose while sitting upon a muscular horse. However, in Wiley’s sculpture, the figure is a young African American dressed in urban streetwear. Proudly mounted on its large stone pedestal, the bronze sculpture commemorates African American youth lost to the social and political battles being waged throughout our nation. Photo by Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Sundance Film Festival
"Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business" included in 2020 Sundance Film Festival
December 10, 2019

Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business / U.S.A. (Director: Christine Turner) will be included in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.  At age 93, there's no stopping the legendary artist Betye Saar.  World Premiere.

Works selected across the Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival were announced on December 10, 2019, underlining Sundance Institute's commitment to showcasing boldindependent storytelling regardless of form, format or length.

Amoako Boafo
Who Will Rise at Art Basel Miami Beach?
By Kelly Crow for Wall Street Journal November 29, 2019

Amoako Boafo, a 35-year-old artist from Ghana backed by powerful collectors Don and Mera Rubell, steps into the art fair’s fray.

About a decade ago, Amoako Boafo was working as a pallbearer in his home city of Accra in Ghana, selling portraits for $100 apiece in shows mounted in hotel lobbies. Now, the 35-year-old is being positioned to break out at the Art Basel Miami Beach fair.

Kehinde Wiley + Swizz Beatz Conversation
Kehinde Wiley + Swizz Beatz Conversation
New World Center, Miami Beach Monday, December 2nd, 6pm

In a special event hosted by Creative Minds Talks, Kehinde Wiley will be joined by producer, philanthropist, and close friend Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean for a conversation about art, philanthropy, and empowerment.

Betye Saar to Receive the 2020 Wolfgang Hahn Prize
Betye Saar to Receive the 2020 Wolfgang Hahn Prize

Betye Saar will be awarded the twenty-sixth Wolfgang Hahn Prize from the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst on April 21, 2020. This recognition of the artist, who was born in Los Angeles in 1926 and is still little known in Germany, is highly timely, the jury consisting of Yilmaz Dziewior, director of the Museum Ludwig; Christophe Cherix, Robert Lehman Foundation chief curator of drawings and prints at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York; and the board members of the association decided. For more than fifty years, Betye Saar has created assemblages from a wide variety of found objects, which she combines with drawing, prints, painting, and photography.

Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window
Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window
Museum of Modern Art, New York October 21, 2019 - January 4, 2020

After nearly a decade of focused work in printmaking, artist Betye Saar created her autobiographical assemblage Black Girl’s Window in 1969. This exhibition explores the relation between her experimental print practice and the new artistic language debuted in that famous work, tracing themes of family, history, and mysticism, which have been at the core of Saar’s work from its earliest days. Celebrating the recent acquisition of 42 rare, early works on paper, this is the first dedicated examination of Saar’s work as printmaker.

Critic's Pick: Betye Saar at MoMA: Prelude to a Revolutionary Breakthrough
Critic's Pick: Betye Saar at MoMA: Prelude to a Revolutionary Breakthrough
By Jillian Steinhauer for New York Times October 17, 2019

In 1969, Betye Saar made an artwork that would prove pivotal in her career. Taking an old window frame, she filled its 10 sections with a constellation of images. Across the top three panels, she placed colorful printed moons and stars, evoking the night sky. In each of the six squares that follow she set symbolic figures, including an eagle bearing a shield with the word “love,” a map of a human head according to the pseudoscience phrenology, and a pair of skeletons, one white and one black. Below these, in the bottom half of the window, Ms. Saar painted the silhouette of a black girl, her eyes made from lenticular lenses and her hands — marked with astrological signs — pressed against the glass.

Kehinde Wiley
Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley
Musée National du Château de Malmaison October 9, 2019 – January 6, 2020

Kehinde Wiley’s triumphant Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (2005), a hallmark of Brooklyn Museum's collection, comes face to face with the nineteenth-century painting on which it is based: Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps (1801). The unprecedented pairing of these two magisterial portraits, in the exhibition Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley, also marks the first time David’s original version of Napoleon Crossing the Alps will be on view in New York at Brooklyn Museum, January 24 – May 10, 2020.  Seen together, the works by David and Wiley reveal how race, masculinity, power, and representation layer onto portraiture and shape the writing of history.

Jeffrey Gibson 2019 MacArthur Fellow
Jeffrey Gibson 2019 MacArthur Fellow

Roberts Projects congratulates Jeffrey Gibson who is a recipient of the 2019 MacArthur Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Jeffrey Gibson's work melds indigenous North American materials and forms with those of Western contemporary art to create a new hybrid visual vocabulary and prompting a shift in how Native American art is perceived and historicized.

Review: Betye Saar turns an ironing board into the story of American racism. LACMA shows how
Review: Betye Saar turns an ironing board into the story of American racism. LACMA shows how
By Christopher Knight for Los Angeles Times September 24, 2019

In size, “Betye Saar: Call and Response” is a modest show. Just 18 sculptures and collages, plus a selection of sketches, are tucked into a single small gallery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Resnick Pavilion.  The focus is on objects made in the last 25 years of a prolific career that was launched six decades ago.

Betye Saar
Betye Saar: Call and Response
Los Angeles County Museum of Art September 22, 2019 - April 5, 2020

Betye Saar: Call and Response looks at the relationship between preliminary sketches in small sketchbooks, which Saar has made throughout her career, and finished works.

Betye Saar’s Long Climb to the Summit
Betye Saar’s Long Climb to the Summit
By Holland Cotter for the New York Times September 15, 2019

At 93, with major attention finally coming her way, an artist central to the black women’s revolution says she’s waited long enough.

Black Rock Senegal Announces First Year of Artists-in-Residence
Black Rock Senegal Announces First Year of Artists-in-Residence

Black Rock Senegal announces the official selection of artists for the inaugural year of its artist-in-residence program developed by Kehinde Wiley.

New Publication Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis
New Publication Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis

Published for the artist's solo exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (October 19, 2018 - February 10, 2019), this new series of paintings by Brooklyn-based painter Kehinde Wiley (born 1977) re-envisions the museum's holdings as a starting point for succinct observations about representation throughout the history of art.

Jeffrey Gibson in Whitney Biennial 2019
Jeffrey Gibson in Whitney Biennial 2019
May 17 - September 22, 2019

Roberts Projects congratulates Jeffrey Gibson on his participation in this year's Whitney Biennial.

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer
Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art June 8 - September 15, 2019

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer showcases the artist’s highly acclaimed multi-disciplinary work and chronicles a pivotal moment in the artist’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage.

Amoako Boafo Receives the 2019 STRABAG Artaward International
Amoako Boafo Receives the 2019 STRABAG Artaward International

Roberts Projects congratulates Amoako Boafo on receiving the top honor of the 2019 STRABAG Artaward International.

Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day
Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day
Blanton Museum of Art, Austion, Texas July 14 - September 29, 2019

Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day is a vibrant, celebratory exhibition in which the artist brings together his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage and a range of diverse artistic and cultural influences to explore race, sexuality, religion, and gender.

LACMA Announces 2019 Art+Film Gala Honoring Betye Saar
LACMA Announces 2019 Art+Film Gala Honoring Betye Saar

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will honor artist Betye Saar and filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón.

Kehinde Wiley Honored with The Gordon Parks Foundation Award
Kehinde Wiley Honored with The Gordon Parks Foundation Award
June 4, 2019

The award celebrates Gordon Parks’ legacy and honors those who continue Park’s vision for social change through their work in the arts and humanitarianism. 

In the Studio: Betye Saar
In the Studio: Betye Saar
By Leah Ollman for Art in America June 2019

Betye Saar, who turns 93 in July, remains both an evolving and an emerging artist. She professes to want to work less hard, “to sit and look at the sky, or watch my garden grow, but still I have ideas.” Though her prints, assemblages, and installations have been exhibited steadily since the ’60s, attention to her work has burgeoned in the past decade, among artists of younger generations and curators internationally.

Betye Saar Honored at Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Betye Saar Honored at Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
June 1, 2019

The benefit event recognizes artists who have made significant contributions to the canon of art history.

Betye Saar Participating in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Betye Saar Participating in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
The Broad, Los Angeles March 23 – September 1, 2019

Roberts Projects is pleased to announce Betye Saar’s participation in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 at The Broad, Los Angeles. The exhibition shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history.

Egan Frantz Paintings
Egan Frantz Paintings
NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein March 17 – May 5, 2019

NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein is pleased to present new paintings by Egan Frantz. The exhibition, entitled Paintings, will run from March 17 through May 5, 2019. Egan Frantz’s oeuvre encompasses an extensive variety of media including sculpture, installation, furniture design, and printed matter in addition to the traditional painted canvas or variations on that format. 

Kehinde Wiley Launches Black Rock Artists Residency Dakar, Senegal
Kehinde Wiley Launches Black Rock Artists Residency Dakar, Senegal
March 13, 2019

A new multi-disciplinary artist-in-residency program in Dakar, Senegal.

Jeffrey Gibson: The Anthropophagic Effect
Jeffrey Gibson: The Anthropophagic Effect
New Museum, New York, NY February 13 - June 9, 2019

Jeffrey Gibson's exhibition at the New Museum explores the material histories and futures of several Indigenous handcraft techniques and aesthetics.

Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis
Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis
Saint Louis Art Museum October 19, 2018 – February 10, 2019

The new series of paintings re-envisions the museum’s holdings of masterpieces as a starting point for succinct observations about representation throughout the history of art.

Betye Saar Archive Acquired by Getty Research Institute
Betye Saar Archive Acquired by Getty Research Institute

Roberts Projects is pleased to announce the Getty Research Institute (GRI) has acquired the archive of Betye Saar (American, b. 1926) as part of GRI’s new African American Art History Initiative.

Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day
Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day
Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, New York September 8 – December 8, 2018

The exhibition features over 50 works of sculpture, painting, installation, and video made between 2014 and 2018, a number of which were made expressly for this exhibition.

James Hayward
James Hayward
Miles McEnery Gallery, New York September 6 – October 6, 2018
Ed Templeton Participating in Now & Then: A Decade of Beautiful Losers
Ed Templeton Participating in Now & Then: A Decade of Beautiful Losers
The Hole, New York August 24 – September 1, 2018

The exhibition venerates the 10-year anniversary of the ‘Beautiful Losers’ documentary that made its US premiere on August 8, 2008 at the IFC center in New York.