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. Between August 2019 and April 2020, Black Rock will host 16 international, multi-disciplinary artists to live and work in Dakar, Senegal, on the Westernmost point of continental Africa.   For the inaugural year, Black Rock received over 700 applications from around the world.

The selected artists for Black Rock 2019-20 are: Tunji Adeniyi-Jones (UK, Painting), Laurence Bonvin (Switzerland, Film), Sonya Clark (USA, Sculpture), Yagazie Emezi (Nigeria, Photography), Nona Faustine (USA, Photography), Devin B. Johnson (USA, Painting), Heather Jones (USA, Textiles), Grace Lynne (USA, Painting), Zanoxolo Sylvester Mqeku (South Africa, Sculpture), Kelechi Njoku (Nigeria, Writing), Chelsea Odufu (USA, Film), Kambui Olujimi (USA, Mixed Media), Zohra Opoku (Ghana, Mixed Media), Rafael RG (Brazil, Mixed Media), Tajh Rust (USA, Painting) and Ytasha Womack (USA, Film).

This year’s artists have been selected by an esteemed committee of artists and museum professionals comprised of: Swizz Beatz, Artist and Producer; Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem; Thomas Lax, Curator of Performance and Media Art, The Museum of Modern Art; Christine Riding, Head of the Curatorial Department, The National Gallery in London; Mickalene Thomas, Artist; and Carrie Mae Weems, Artist.

For additional information, please visit blackrocksenegal.org

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. LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio have championed the museum’s film initiatives since 2011, and they continue their efforts as the 2019 Art+Film Gala Co-Chairs. “Betye Saar is one of the most significant artists working today, and one who boldly addresses issues of race, gender, and spirituality,” said LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan. “Born in Los Angeles and having sustained a career over seven decades here, Saar has only begun to receive the international acclaim her work deserves. LACMA has exhibited her work since 1972. This fall, we are thrilled to present “Betye Saar: Call and Response” an exhibition that will reveal the artist’s sketchbooks, an important part of her creative process that has never before been shown publicly, and their relation to her finished works.”  For additional information, please visit lacma.org

Kehinde Wiley Sculpture to be Unveiled in Times Square, New York, September 2019

Kehinde Wiley will unveil his first monumental public sculpture, Rumors of War, in Times Square, New York this September.  The work is the artist’s direct response to the ubiquitous Confederate sculptures that populate the United States, particularly in the South. Sitting astride a massive horse in a striking pose, Wiley’s young, African-American subject is dressed in urban streetwear. The sculpture will be permanently installed on the historic Arthur Boulevard in Richmond, at the entrance of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Virginia, USA.  For additional information, please visit timessquarenyc.org

Kehinde Wiley to be Honored with The Gordon Parks Foundation Award

Roberts Projects is pleased to announce Kehinde Wiley will be honored with The Gordon Parks Foundation Award on June 4, 2019 in New York City. 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.  Recognized as the most important African-American photographer of the twentieth century, Gordon Parks exposed the face of American poverty with empathy and dignity, using the arts to champion social change through his photography, film, music, and writing. For the past decade, The Gordon Parks Foundation has provided scholarships and fellowships to students and artists whose creative work reflects the mission and vision of Gordon Parks. The Gordon Parks Foundation Annual Awards Dinner and Auction supports this important and ongoing work. The Foundation also preserves Parks’ vast archive, produces scholarly publications, and partners with museums and schools around the world on exhibitions and programming.  For additional information, please visit gordonparksfoundation.org