Colliding Visions: Contemporary California Collage, Riverside Art Museum
Featuring Betye Saar and Brenna Youngblood
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 | Artist Plate Project Returns for Third Edition
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.
Roberts Projects turns historic car dealership into characterful LA art space
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.
Choctaw-Cherokee Artist Jeffrey Gibson Shows Us His Hudson Studio, Where He Riffs on Native American Iconography
April 25, 2023
By Katie White
The artist invited us into the former schoolhouse, where he and his team create electrically colorful works. Jeffrey Gibson’s studio could be considered his biggest work of art. Just about a decade ago, Gibson undertook a major project, converting a former schoolhouse in Hudson, New York, into a 14,000-square-foot workshop and studio. Ten years later, the project is nearly complete.
Wangari Mathenge Was a Lawyer. Now, She’s Making Her U.S. Solo Debut at Roberts Projects
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
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.
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 | 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).
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.