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Latest News in Black Art: Lorna Simpson’s Portrait of Brittney Griner Cover Time Magazine, Johnson Publishing Archive Ownership Transfer, First Major Monograph of Hurvin Anderson & More | Pro Club Bd

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Time, Aug 8/8 February 15, 2022: Artwork by Lorna Simpson for TIME, source photo by Stephen Gosling – NBAE/Getty Images


Artist commissioned by Time Magazine Lorna Simpson to illustrate his latest cover (August 8/August 15, 2022) featuring WNBA star Brittney Griner, who has been imprisoned in Russia since February. The portrait draws on Simpson’s earlier work and references the cosmos, starry landscapes and imagery of celestial bodies that “challenge perceptions of identity”. | More


The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) announced it would diversify its board of trustees with a series of new elections, including Gowri Natarajan Sharma, the first person of color to serve as CEO and Sheryl Adkins Green, Chief Marketing Officer at Mary Kay, who is now Vice President of the Board of Directors of DMA. | More

Singer James Brown is captured from the stage in Memphis, Tennessee | (Archives of the Ted Williams/Johnson Publishing Company). Courtesy of the Ford Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution


A year after a consortium of the Ford Foundation, the Getty Trust, the MacArthur Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution acquired the Johnson Publishing Archives For $30 million, the institutions announced the transfer of ownership to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and the Getty Research Institute, a Getty Trust program. The news was accompanied by a $30 million pledge from the Getty Trust to help catalog and digitize the archive of photographs – 4 million prints and negatives from Ebony and Jet magazines. | More

Fotofest, the Houston, Texas photography biennial (Sept. 24-Nov. 6), announced the participating artists. The central exhibition “If I Had a Hammer” features about two dozen artists and collectives, including Forensic Architecture, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Dionne Lee, Lorraine O’Grady, and Keisha Scarville. The program also includes “African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other”, curated by Markus Sealy, and “Ten by Ten: Ten Portfolios from the Meeting Place 2020-21” featuring images by 10 artists, will harris and Theresa Newsome, among them. | More

Getty Images announced its annual Inclusion Grants, each awarding $40,000 to eight photographers, including Ivan McClellan (sports) and Brandon Watson (Arts and Entertainment). | More

“Hurvin Anderson” by Catherine Lampert, Roger Robinson and Courtney J. Martin (320 pages). | © Rizzoli New York, 2022


Rizzoli publishes “the first major monograph” by a British-born Jamaican artist Hurvin Anderson in October. The volume includes a foreword by Courtney J. Martin, an essay by Catherine Lampert and poetry by Roger Robinson, as well as an illustrated chronology of Anderson’s life and career. The publication, described as “carefully curated by the artist himself,” includes paintings, sketches, source material and ephemera, studio images and a series of new black-and-white drawings made specifically for the book. | More

More news

The official White House portraits of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be revealed on September 7th. The artists commissioned to produce the paintings will be announced on the day of the East Room ceremony, hosted by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. | Associated Press

In New York City, the Jackie Robinson Museum opened on July 26th. The museum was first announced in 2008 and finally debuted 14 years later. The opening ceremony included a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Rachel Robinson, 100, the game-changing baseball player’s widow. | Associated Press

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