Many of you are aware that my daughter Chastity Hyman sophomore B.FA art student living, working and loving here in Lincoln, Nebraska. Followers of my blog are aware that I commissioned her to do a depiction of former enslaved canal laborer Moses Grandy last summer.
"The granddaughter of former slaves, Catlett was raised in Washington, D.C. Her father died before she was born and her mother held several jobs to raise three children. Refused admission to Carnegie Institute of Technology because of her race, Catlett enrolled at Howard University, where her teachers included artist Loïs Mailou Jones and philosopher Alain Locke. She … Continue reading Art Break: Elizabeth Catlett’s Art Legacy
An historian is also a writer and given the rigors of the daily grind, personal commitments, and other distractions it can often be difficult to clear the mind to write. For me, I am most productive when I am in a cafe with music in my ear. It is not so simple however - it … Continue reading Jazz Break: Vijay Iyer Trio
"Through ceramics, Leigh references vernacular visual traditions from the Caribbean, the American South, and the African continent, as well as the Afro Descendant diasporic experience dating from the Middle Passage to the present. Vessels, cowrie shells, and busts are reoccurring forms, each making symbolic reference to the black body." Read the full article by clicking … Continue reading Art Break: Simone Leigh’s method of concealment and visibility
"Jessica Rankin’s work might best be described as ‘mental maps’. Working on a sheer fabric called organdie, her images invoke cartography or geographic diagrams. Made from thousands of tiny embroidered stitches, Rankin delineates shapes, boundaries, and contours, interconnecting and locating them with miniscule text. In Hour To Hour, which incorporates 4 gossamer swatches, Rankin’s constellation … Continue reading ART BREAK: Jessica Rankin’s Mental Maps
Julie Mehretu's practice invites spatial conceptions of visual art. Spatial shifts, connections, and abandonment of rational thinking to produce multilayered masterpieces... JulieMehretu
Beautifully written piece on an intriguing and gifted artist. NewYorker