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September 25, 2017

A black-and-white photo by Jack R. Thornell in the first room of the de Young’s Revelations: Art from the African American South is forever burned in my mind’s eye. A black man lies bleeding on the side of a dusty road. A carefully typewritten note affixed to the print reads: “James Meredith lies wounded beside Mississippi highway 51 after he was shot in an ambush. There is no stone marker showing the spot where Meredith was cut down during his march, but every Negro in Hernando knows where it is.” Read more . . .

July 6, 2017

The New Orleans Museum of Art has acquired ten works from the Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation. The acquisition is part of the foundation’s “strategic gift/purchase program” that strives to increase the representation of African-American artists from the South in museums across the country.

The acquisition includes works by Thornton Dial, Ronald Lockett, Joe Minter, and Mary Proctor as well as five quilts made by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. All will feature in future installations of NOMA’s permanent collection.

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June 22, 2017

What makes some artwork timeless?

History shows that neither high prices at auction nor gallery attendance figures are good predictors of how artists, artworks, and art movements will be viewed in decades to come. The Guggenheim’s landmark exhibition 1900: Art at the Crossroads was noteworthy for revealing that the artists we lionize today were far from acclaimed in their time.  The Guggenheim’s 2000 show reprised the Paris ‘Exposition Universelle’ of 1900, which featured works by the likes of artists now forgotten–Leon Lhemitte, Fritz von Uhde, Alfred Guillou, Ferdinand Khnopff, and Franz von Stuck—but lacked works by the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern masters we now love like Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Matisse.