In South Africa, the burning political issue earlier this year arised from a controversial painting showing President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed. The Spear, by artist Brett Murray, has since been the subject of a furious campaign by Zuma supporters, who succeeded in getting the piece censored as unsuitable for those under age 16.
Now, however, censors have reversed their decision, on the grounds that “It would mean that every artistic work that contained nudity would be deemed presumptively harmful to children,” reports The Guardian.
Browse African American Art.
Harlem: Artists In Residence
Since its founding in 1968, the Studio Museum has been committed to nurturing and advancing the careers of visual artists of African descent, through the prestigious Artist-In-Residence program.
Steffani Jemison, Jennifer Packer, and Cullen Washington Jr. have been selected as the 2012 to 2013 artists in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Discover the broad spectrum of African American Art.
1980s Art, Love, and Politics in Chicago
Art, Love & Politics in the ’80s ends today at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
“During this era, the political sphere was dominated by the ideas of former US President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the music scene was transformed by punk and the birth of hip-hop, and our everyday lives were radically altered by a host of technological developments, from the Sony Walkman and the ATM to the appearance of MTV and the first personal computers. In the United States, the decade opened with an enormous anti-nuclear protest in New York’s Central Park and closed with mass demonstrations against the government’s slow response to the AIDS crisis. This exhibition attempts to make sense of what happened to the visual arts in the United States during this tumultuous period.”
American Art at National Academy
We’re not alone in thinking a lot about American art this weekend: An American Collection 1820–1970 just opened at the National Academy Museum.
“Masterpieces and notable works, featuring a salon-style installation of 120 paintings, spanning the period of 1820–1970, and reflecting the diversity of American art,” such as this painting, Three Share-Croppers (c.1974), by Robert Gwathmey.
Dawoud Bey Retro In Chicago
Dawoud Bey is Chicago’s holy mountain, a man who towers over the city like no other local artist. He is a beloved educator and father figure to many—if you ask for advice or have a question about some bit of historical minutiae he’ll deliver, which he also does generously on his famous blog What’s Going On.
Now Chicago is reciprocating that love with Dawoud Bey: Picturing People, May 13-June 24, an outstanding 30-year survey at the Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago.
Dawoud Bey at Renaissance Society
Chicago-based photographer Dawoud Bey’s new exhibition opens today at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. It features portraits of individuals from Hyde Park, Chicago—home to both the University of Chicago and the artist—will be accompanied by a catalogue including new scholarly essays, and is being slated to travel.
De Pury on Basquiat
Contemporary Day Auction at Sotheby’s
Preview today’s Contemporary Art Day Auction at Sotheby’s New York, featuring incredible works, such as Romare Bearden’s paper collage The Gamble (est. US$80,000–120,000) and Alexander Calder’s sculpture The Orange Table (est. US$600,000–800,000).
Featured artists also include Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and many others.
Kehinde Wiley Book Signing
Contemporary Sales in New York
Preview the important Contemporary sales that take place in New York today, such as Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Sotheby’s, featuring works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein, Christopher Wool, and many others.
Christies’s is also hosting important Contemporary sales today:
African American Art
From early origins in slave communities to the Harlem Renaissance, African American Art has been a vital part of the United States’ culture. Check out African American Art in international galleries.
Pictured is an untitled 1985 Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Basquiat in New York
Begining today, two 1983 artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat are on view—for two weeks only—at Stellan Holm Gallery, in New York: Tuxedo, and Return of the Central Figure (pictured).
Kehinde Wiley’s New Exhibition
The opening reception is May 5, 6–8 p.m.