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Black art breaking news: Lauren Halsey takes on Met Museum rooftop commission, Michael Armitage joins Hauser & Wirth, Lorna Simpson’s new book and more

Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture

Artist Lauren Halsey. | Photo by Russell Hamilton, courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery


Lauren Halsey is the latest artist commissioned to create a site-specific installation for the roof garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Titled “eastside of south central los angeles hieroglyph prototype architecture (I)”, the installation will be “a large-scale architectural structure imbued with the collective energy and imagination of the south-central Los Angeles community where it was born and continues to work.” A new publication will be released in conjunction with the Met facility, which opens May 17. | More

MICHAEL ARMITAGE, “Enasoit,” 2019 (oil on Lubugo barkcloth, 66 7/8 × 118 1/8 inches / 170 × 300 cm). | © Michael Armitage, National Gallery of Australia


Kenyan-British artist Michael Armitage joined Hauser & Wirth, one of the best galleries in the world. The performance is in collaboration with White Cube, the London gallery that has worked with Armitage since 2015. Expressing herself through drawing and painting, her works “have given shape to real and imagined stories of East Africa , building deep-rooted yet nuanced impressions of the myriad socio-political and cultural contexts that affect contemporary daily life in the region.His first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth will take place in New York in 2024. Armitage divides his time between London and Nairobi. | Continued

The Massimo de Carlo Gallery has announced its representation of Ludovic Nkoth (left). Cameroonian born Nkoth is based in New York. The gallery has locations in Milan, London, Hong Kong and a presence in Paris. ‘Transferred Memories (Work No Day)’, Nkoth’s first solo exhibition at Carlo’s Mossimo in London, opens April 8. | Continued

Awards and Honors

Architect Diebedo Francis Kéré, whose projects have been built primarily in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, Kenya, Mozambique and Sudan, won this year’s Pritzker Prize. Born in Burkina Faso and based in Berlin, Kéré is the first African architect to receive the highest prize for architecture. | New York Times

south african photographer Lebohang Kganye won the 2022 Foam Paul Huf Award. The internationally recognized annual award celebrates emerging photographers. | Continued

Hilton Als, Pulitzer Prize-winning curator, professor and critic at The New York, and freelance curator and writer Helene Molesworth are recipients of the 2022 Clark Award for Excellence in Art Writing. The two will be honored at a spring event at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, Mass. | Continued


The Hauser & Wirth Institute announced two new grants: $360,000 for The Studio Museum in Harlem for a three-year project to digitize the museum’s archives; and $280,000 to fully fund the tuition of two graduate students beginning the dual-degree master’s program in Library and Information Science and History of Art and Design at Prat Institute. | Continued

Richard J. Powell gives the 2022 AW Mellon Lectures, six lectures starting with Colorstruck! Painting, Pigment, Affect on March 20. On the left, JENNIFER PACKER, Detail “Tremor of Intent”, 2021 (oil on canvas, 22 × 28 inches / 55.9 × 71.1 cm). | © 2022 Jennifer Packer


March 20-May 2: Starting today, teacher Richard J. Powell, Duke University art historian presents the 2022 AW Mellon Lectures in Fine Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In-person and virtual, the six-lecture series includes: Colorstruck! Painting, Pigment, Affect (March 20); Viridian by Jacob Lawrence (March 27); Yellow, Orange Glow (April 3); Red Combustion, Blue Alchemy (April 10); Chromatic Dispatches: Télémaque, Basquiat (April 24); The thrill of bronze (May 1). | Continued

March 28: On the occasion of the publication of “Lorna Simpson”, Phaidon’s newly revised and expanded monograph (to be published on April 6), the artist Lorna Simpson and Naomi Beckwith, deputy director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, join the president of the Ford Foundation Darren Walker for a conversation at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice in New York. The event is virtual and in person. | Continued

April 7: Art Historian Julie McGee delivers the annual Distinguished Lecture in Visual Arts in honor of David C. Driskell. An associate professor of African studies and art history, and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities at the University of Delaware, McGee is a longtime researcher of David Driskell. His recent projects include curating the traveling exhibition “David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History” (2021) and publishing a new volume to accompany the retrospective. This year, the conference is a Zoom event hosted by the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. | Continued

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