Latest Black Art News: Eric Pryor Appointed President of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Jarrell Gibbs painted portrait of the late Congressman Elijah Cummings & More

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December 8, 2021: At PAFA, the new President Eric Pryor will be flanked by paintings by John Neagle (“Pat Lyon at the Forge”, 1829) and Kehinde Wiley (Three Wise Men Greeting Entry into Lagos “, 2008). | Yours sincerely Approval from JEH Creatives / Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.


The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia has announced its next president. Eric Pryor was tapped to run the historical museum and college. He joins PAFA from the Harlem School of the Arts, where he has served as President since 2015. executive director of the New Jersey State Museum; and President of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Early in his career, Pryor was Executive Director of the Center for Arts and Culture at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in Brooklyn, NY. it is strategic, collaborative and innovative, with the sensitivity of an artist, ”PAFA Board Chair Anne E. McCollum said in a statement. The appointment marks a return to Philadelphia. Pryor earned an MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art (1992). “I am deeply honored to take the helm of this historic and celebrated institution,” Pryor said in a statement. “I look forward to working in partnership with the PAFA board, staff, faculty, students and alumni and writing the next great chapter together. I also look forward to returning to Philadelphia and its diverse communities. It’s a city of great art and craftsmanship, with PAFA as one of its crown jewels. ”Pryor officially starts at PAFA on January 18th.


Alicia Henry is now represented by Tiwani Contemporary in London. Last summer the gallery presented its first solo exhibition in the UK. “Alicia Henry: To Whom It May Concern” showed figurative and sculptural mixed media works. Henry is from Illinois and is a professor of arts at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Tiwani will open a second gallery location in Lagos, Nigeria, in February 2022.

Frieze includes the last editions of the year with works by the artist HURVIN ANDERSON, “Skylarking”, 2021 (acrylic, oil on canvas, 2.5 × 1.8 m. | © and Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London. Photo by Richard Ivey (November / December 2021) and ADAM PENDLETON, “Untitled (WE ARE NOT)” 2020–21 (October 2021). | © Adam Pendleton, Courtesy the artist and David Kordansky Gallery


The latest front pages of London magazine Frieze are illustrated with works by British artists Hurvin Anderson and based in New York Adam Pendleton. The November / December cover shows a lush new tropical scene painted by Anderson and accompanying a conversation with fellow artist Peter Doig. Also included in the issue is a look at black artists who work with clay, including Helen Cammock, Theaster Gates and Magdalene Odundo. In October, Terence Trouillot portrayed Pendleton in front of his exhibition “Who is Queen”, which is currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. One of the highlights is a conversation with the Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama. In addition, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Peter Doig and Jessica Lynne respond to the work of Bob Thompson (1937-1966) on the occasion of the painter’s retrospective at the Colby College Museum of Art in Maine.

JERRELL GIBBS, “I only have one minute, 60 seconds in it … Portrait of the Honorable Elijah Cummings”, 2021. | Courtesy Jerrell Gibbs and Mariane Ibrahim

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Baltimore artist Jarrell Gibbs was commissioned to paint the official portrait of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), which will hang in the US Capitol. Before the portrait is installed in Washington, DC, it will be on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art from December 22, 2021 through January. 9, 2022. | New York Times

Barbados faces its history of slavery and colonialism. After Queen Elizabeth II was deposed as the ceremonial head of state and became a parliamentary republic, the Caribbean island announced that it had hired British-Ghanaian architects David Adjaye to create a significant cultural heritage. The project includes a slavery museum, research institute, memorial and burial site and will also house the Barbados Archives, which hold tens of millions of documents relating to the transatlantic slave trade. | The art newspaper


Swann auction galleries New York City hires an administrator for the African American Art Department. The application deadline is January 7, 2022. | More info

Next summer, ArtTable-funded grant recipients will be working at a variety of arts organizations. ArtTable, which is “committed to promoting the leadership role of women in the visual arts” is looking for art organizations interested in accepting scholarship holders. Applications for the host organization are due on January 31, 2022. | More info

Newton Enslaved Burial Ground Memorial in Barbados: “Based on the technology and philosophy of traditional African tombs, places of prayer and pyramids,” said architect David Adjaye, “the monument is designed as a place that honors the dead, builds and builds the living at the same time manifests a new diasporic future for black civilization that both belongs to and differs from the African continent. ”| Video from Adjaye Associates

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