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Vol. 23, No 1



Feature Articles


Gwendolyn Bennett: The Richest Colors on Her Palette, Beauty and Truth  by Jerry Langley & Sandra Govan.  A complete biography on Gwendolyn Bennett, one of the most progressive, versatile and little-known Harlem Renaissance figures.


Hughie Lee-Smith and Cold War Aesthetics of Allienation by Stacy Morgan.  Reviews artist’s 1950s style of depicting isolation, despair, and alienation in his desolate landscapes of modern civilization.


A Look Under the Canvas at the Correspondence inspiring the art of Benny Andrews by Pellom McDaniels.  Examines artist’s letters to present his influence on civil rights and social justice efforts.


From the Historical Awareness to Endless Possibilities: The Ideas of Jon Lockard by Nicole Gilpin Hood.  Examines Lochard’s large renderings and individualized imagery as grass roots communications to promote African American culture.


Perfectly Illogical by Belinda Tate.   Probing analysis of artist Tonya Ingersol’s artwork to find “…deeper understanding and complex thought about race, class and gender.”


The Sculptor as Designer as Yogiby Jarvis DuBois.  Examines works of Orlando Dominques who finds inspiration for his colorful sculptures and furniture designs through hatha yoga.


Index/Valerie Cassel Oliver by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee.  Profiles career of a highly regarded curator at the Houston Contemporary Arts Museum who “help shape and stretch the content, technique, and discussions of…contemporary practice.”


Superior to Circumstances:The Splender Within by Linda Mose Meadows.  Profile of Cleveland artist Chapelle Letman who lost sight and shifted from painting to sculpture.


The Scene


New, Now, Next by Cliff Hocker on  2010 exhibits: Julie Mehretu, Grey Are, at Guggenheim Museum, NYC, May-Oct. 2010;  Perspectives 169: Odili Donald Odita at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, Feb.-May 2010; Mark Bradford at Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, Feb.-April 2010; Existed: Leonardo Drew at Weatherspoon Art Museum, Univ. of NC, Feb.-May, 2010; Iona Rozeal Brown at Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Jan.-May 2010; From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden at Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore,  Jan-March 2010; and Yinka Shonibare MBE at Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum Of African Art, Wash., DC, Jan.-Mar. 2010.


30 Seconds Off an Inch by Tosha Grantham at The Studio Museum, NYC.  Survey of artwork over the years. Nov. 2009-Mar. 2010.


John Brown’s Body in Art by Mary Lou Hultgren at Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA, presenting works by Jacob Lawrence & Horace Pippin , Spring 2010.


Art Basel ’09 by Myrtis Bedolla on annual art fair at Miami beach.


The Scholar Who Paints: Form and Content – Selected Works by Floyd Coleman at the Historical Society of Washington, Washington, DC, Oct. 2009-Jan. 2010.


Other Fall 2009 Exhibits by Cliff Hooker:  Saya Woolfalk, No Place: A Ritual of the Emphatics, at Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC, Nov. 14; The Contemporary Frank Steward at Essie Green Galleries, NYC, Oct. 15-Nov. 5; Norman Lewis, Black on White: 12 Works on Paper at Bill Hodges Gallery, NYC, Nov. 24; In Bound: Houston, Freeway Billboards at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Houston; Momentum 14: and Rodney McMillan, Sentimental Disappointment at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, July 29-Nov.1.


Book Reviews/Conferences/Notes:

Newark Museum at 100 by Cherilyn “Liv” Wright.  Tribute to Museum, including exhibit of works from permanent collection.


Samela Lewis Visits the HU Museum by Michael Cobb.


Current Changing Exhibition on preparation for Hampton University Museum’s new show: The City of Hampton: Through the Lens of Reuben V. Burrell and James Van Der Zee.


Hampton Guild’s Memory Quilts by Margaret Gray Bayne on quilts made from saved and found bits of fabric, including parents’ clothing.


Glimpse of Beauty in West Baltimore by Monifa Love-Asante on visit to Isabel Henry Gallery, Baltimore, Md.


Global Connections/New York by Ra Kaa Skabaka on three 2009 shows in New York documenting plight and flight of displaced peoples from a local condition to a global condition: They Won’t Budge: Africans in Europe at MOCADA; Dialects at Bronx River Art Center; and Black Presidential, at Ligons Wier Gallery.


In Print by Mary Lou Hultgren.  Book reviews on Margo Humphrey (The David C. Driskell Series of African American Art) by Adrienne Childs; and South African Art Now by Sue Williamson.


Remembering Roy DeCarava’s Thru Black Eyes by Ed Spriggs.  Memorial tribute to artist.


Paul Farwell Keene Jr. (1920-2009) by Lewis Tanner Moore.  Memorial tribute to artist.


An Artist of the Past That You Should Know: Irene Clark (1927-1984) by Tina Dunkley.


Artwork Shown in This Issue by:

Derrick Adams,  Emma Amos, Benny Andrews, Shelly Bahl, Romare Bearden, Gwendolyn Bennett, Merk Bradford, Iona Rozeal Brown, Reuben Burrell, Nick Cave, Irene Clark, Floyd Coleman, Beauford Delaney, Leonardo Drew,  Roy DeCarava, Orlando Dominguez,  David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks, Margo Humphrey, Tonya Ingersol, Jayson Keeling, Paul Keene, Lauren Kelley, Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee-Smith,  Chapelle Letman, Norman Lewis, Samella Lewis, Jon Lockard, Churchill Madikida, Ester Mahlangu, Rodney McMillan, Julie Mehretu, Odili Donald Odita, Olowe of Ise, Benjamin Patterson, Fahamu Pecou, Horace Pippin,  Ronny Quevedo, Sandra Randolph, Athi-Patra Ruga, Joyce Scott,  Ben Shahn, Jamel Shabazz, Yinka Shonibare, Gary Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Frank Steward, Ed Towles, Rene Stout, Saya Woolfalk.