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Latest on Dark Art: Estate of Thornton Dial and Kevin Beasley Join New Galleries, Julie Mehretu and Kehinde Wiley Collaborate with American Express, NMAAHC Launches Searchable Museum and More



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THORNTON DIAL, “History Refused to Die,” 2004 (okra stems and roots, clothes, collage designs, tin, wire, steel, masonite, steel chain, enamel and spray paint, 102 x 87 x 23 inches ). | © Estate of Thornton Dial, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Blum & Poe announced his performance of Thornton Estate Dial (1928-2016). A self-taught South African-American artist, Dial’s parents worked as sharecroppers in rural Alabama. He worked for three decades as a metallurgist for the Pullman Standard Company, the railroad manufacturer, then worked in a variety of skilled trades: house painting, highway construction, commercial fishing, and pipe fitting. He was a “worker” for five decades before devoting himself full time to art. Drawing on her hard-earned professional skills, Dial explored her personal experiences and more universal social justice issues. His diverse practice spanned assemblage works consisting of found objects, dramatically textured paintings, and muted Neo-Expressionist works on paper. The estate was previously represented by the Marianne Boesky gallery since 2015.

Kevin beasley joins Regen Projects in Los Angeles. Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, Beasley is based in New York City. He expresses himself through a variety of mediums: sculpture, drawing, installation, sound, music and performance. His practice “is deeply invested in the elaboration of the latent stories in everyday materials and in the connection of these pasts to the current cultural landscape. This interest is manifested in the works produced by subjecting materials steeped in history to processes of transformation, by reconfiguring them and recontextualizing them to give them a new meaning. Exploiting the personal, cultural and political associations of objects, Beasley investigates the history of power and race in America. Beasley’s first solo exhibition with Regen Projects is scheduled for April 2022. He continues to be represented by Casey Kaplan in New York.


The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture launched the Searchable museum, digitize the content of its exhibitions and make the stories and objects of the institution accessible to audiences around the world. | Hyperallergic

In recent years, more than 30 museums have entered into donation / purchase agreements with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, the acquisition of more than 500 works by more than 110 South African-American artists. The foundation based in Atlanta, Georgia announced that this group now includes five university museums: Blanton Museum of Art (University of Texas at Austin); Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia; Hood Museum of Art (Dartmouth College), Hanover, NH; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ; and RISD Museum, Providence, RI Four of the museums (Hampton, Hood, Princeton and RISD) are also partnering with Souls Grown Deep to offer paid internships to BIPOC undergraduates for the spring semester 2022.


The cover of the November 25, 2021 edition of LA Weekly features the work of Lorna Simpson, illustrating inside cover of “Everrrything”, his exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, which is on view until January 9.

Blackstar Film Festival published the third issue from his Vu magazine. The publication coincides with the appointment of Dessane Lopez Cassell as editor-in-chief. Curator and former museum employee, Cassell edited the second edition of Seen. Previously, she was a review writer at Hyperallergic.

IMAGE: Top left, artist Lorna Simpson gets cover treatment for the latest issue of LA Weekly.


“The choice works” a fundraising auction hosted by Planned Parenthood of Greater New York and Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida is live on Artsy through December 7, 2021. The auction includes 21 works donated by artists, including Francesca DiMattio, Futura, Sam Gilliam, Carmen Herrera, Jenny Holzer, Simone Leigh, Amy Sherald, and Shinique Smith.

November 17, 2021: Artists Julie Mehretu and Kehinde Wiley attend the American Express X The Studio Museum Art Discussion at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. | Bryan Bedder / Getty Images for American Express

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On December 1 in Miami Beach, American Express is unveil new designs for its Consumer Platinum Card featuring works by artists Julie mehretu and Kehinde Wiley. Amex customers will be able to request the cards from January 20, 2022. The collaboration coincides with a $ 1 million donation to the Studio Museum in Harlem, where the two artists participated in the museum’s famous Artist-in-Residence program. .


Applications are open for the Socrates 2022 Annual Fellowships and Exhibitions Program at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queen, NY Based on the “Sink or Swim Climate Futures” prompt, proposals must be submitted for the purpose of presenting a public artwork for group exhibition. Fellows receive a production grant of $ 8,000, honoraria of $ 2,000 and access for three months to the resources and manufacturing facilities of the artist’s studio outside the park. The deadline for submission is December 6, 2021. | More information

The Aspen InstituteThe Artist’s Foundations Initiative (AEFI) is requesting letters of interest for an advisory assignment. The person would work from January to December 2022 on the following AEFI project: Building the DEAI Capacity of the Artist-Endowed Foundation Community to Host Interns and BIPOC Fellows. The deadline for submission is December 6, 2021. | More information

After a tumultuous period, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) installed a new general manager and recruiting for key positions in all departments. MOCA opportunities include Director of Curatorial Affairs, Senior Curator, Deputy Curator, Deputy Registrar, Director of People and Culture, and Director of Communications. | More information

The announcement of American Express’s collaboration with artists Julie Mehretu and Kehinde Wiley, follows the November 4 launch of Commercial signage “Always welcome” designed by artists Shawna X, Reyna Noriega and Mariell. | Video by American Express

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