Betye Saar to be Honored at Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Roberts Projects is pleased to announce the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) will honor Betye Saar on Saturday, June 1, 2019. The benefit event recognizes artists who have made significant contributions to the canon of art history. “In a remarkable body of prints, collages, assemblages, and sculpture, Betye Saar combines social commentary with spirituality, mysticism, and craft. Saar’s work and her indomitable spirit have been a beacon for many generations of artists,” said Elsa Longhauser, The Good Works Executive Director. Tribute presenter CCH Pounder added, “To observe Betye Saar is one of the great lessons in living an artful life.” Previous recipients include Henry Taylor (2018) and Carrie Mae Weems (2017). ICA LA is an epicenter of artistic experimentation and incubator of new ideas. Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) and reestablished in 2017 with a new identity and home in Downtown Los Angeles, ICA LA builds upon a distinguished history of bold curatorial vision and innovative programming to illuminate the important untold stories and emerging voices in contemporary art and culture. For additional information regarding the event and to purchase tables or tickets, please visit theicala.org or contact Samuel Vasquez svasquez@theicala.org

Daniel Joseph Martinez
2019 Guggenheim Fellowship

Roberts Projects congratulates Daniel Joseph Martinez on being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the diverse group of 168 scholars, artists, and writers come from a great variety of backgrounds, fields of study, and accomplishments.  Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Turing Award, National Book Award, and other significant, internationally recognized honors.  For more information, please visit gf.org

Betye Saar
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983
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. Black artists across the country worked in communities, in collectives, and individually to create a range of art responsive to the moment-including figurative and abstract painting, prints, and photography; assemblage and sculpture; and performance. Betye Saar will be represented with iconic historical assemblage works in addition to an abridged installation of her 1973 California State University, Los Angeles exhibition. Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 is organized by Tate Modern, London in collaboration with The Broad, Los Angeles, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas and Brooklyn Museum, New York. Curated by Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator, International Art and Zoe Whitley, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern. The Broad presentation is curated by Sarah Loyer, Associate Curator and Exhibitions Manager. A fully illustrated catalogue published by Tate/D.A.P. accompanies the exhibition. For additional information, please visit thebroad.org

Kehinde Wiley Launches Black Rock Artists Residency
Dakar, Senegal

Kehinde Wiley is pleased to announce the opening of a new multi-disciplinary artist-in-residency program, Black Rock Senegal.

Black Rock Senegal came out of a direct need to engage Africa in a much more personal way. I discovered Dakar on a layover in 1997, back when Air Afrique was the sole provider of flights from the west to Nigeria. It was my first visit to Africa and I was immediately enraptured by Senegalese language, food, art, culture, and tradition. After years of exploring the continent’s many cultures and countries I had a personal desire to create a workspace in West Africa. As an artist who works in the west I desired a space of renewal to explore new ideas and to create work outside of a western context-to create work within the context of my own lineage. Black Rock stands as the direct answer to my desire to have an uncontested relationship with Africa, the filling in of a large void that I share with many African Americans. With this project I wanted to explore my own personal relationship with Africa while inviting artists to do the same and to galvanize the growing artistic and creative energies that exist in Africa in an increasing measure with the addition of diverse, international, creative possibility. – Kehinde Wiley, 2019

Located on the westernmost point of continental Africa, Black Rock will bring together an international group of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers to join Kehinde Wiley at his new artists compound. Black Rock aims to support new artistic creation by promoting conversations and collaborations that are multigenerational, cross-cultural, international, and cross-disciplinary. Named for the volcanic rocks that blanket its shoreline, Black Rock takes its physical location as a point of departure to incite change in the global discourse around Africa in the context of creative evolution. For additional information about Black Rock please visit blackrocksenegal.org