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Vol. 18, No. 4







Feature Articles


A Visual Explosion in Harlem by Cherilyn “Liv” Wright.  Examines the transition of Harlem from the blighted, dreary community of the 1970s and 1980s to a “bright, eye-catching tapestry of visual delights” in the 2000s at the hands of many creative talents, including artists, artisans, architects, landscapers, business leaders and community planners.


Harlem Gallery Tour by Soraya Murray.  Surveys some of the many galleries and cultural institutions that provided “a platform for the democratization of art” by presenting powerful works that addressed difficult community issues and facilitated the revitalization of Harlem.


New Directions in Museum Direction by Margaret Gray.  Discusses the new generation of museum directors –  a young, educated, confident, and hard working group who are transforming once elite centers into community spaces with aggressive outreach  programs such as those headed by Andrea Barnwell at Atlanta’s Spellman Museum and Belinda Tate at Winston-Salem University’s Diggs Gallery.


New – Now – Next: A Survey of Rising Talent by Bridget R. Cooks.  Reviews the artwork and careers of artists Iona Rozeal Brown, Beverly McIver, David Huffman, and Fran Warren.


Nelson A. Primus, African American Artist, 1842 – 1916 by Barbara Beeching.


Ain’t Just Whistling Dixie by Christopher Boswell.  Review by Juliette Harris.  Discusses artwork of artists John W. Jones and John Sims which “[commandeers] the vaunted symbols of the Confederacy and [turns] them to their own purposes…Kinda like…converse Kara Walker.”


News and Reviews


A Summing Up and Paring Down by of Documenta 11, a 2002 international art festival directed by Nigerian-Born Okwui Enwezor which transformed an entire city in to art venues.


Color Consciousness by Margaret Rose Vendryes.  Exhibition review of artwork by Byte Saar presented at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in NYC.


The Art of History: African American Women Engage the Past.  Book review by Tosha Grantham on work by Lisa Gail Collins. 


Calm at the Eye of the Storm by Lewis Tanner Moore.  Review of two 2002 exhibitions of works by Curlee Holton:  Curlee Raven Holton: Selected Works at the Portlock Center in Easton, PA and The Baptismal.


Revisiting Post-War Paris by Lewis Tanner Moore.  Review of Galerie Huit: American Artists in Paris, an exhibition presented at Studio 18 Gallery in NYC which showcased works by 21 artists who lived in Paris in the early 1950s and exhibited at Galerie Huit, including Paul Keene, Hayward Bill Rivers and Herb Gentry .


Other: Gwen Knight’s visit at HU Museum; Memorial tribute for Stephanie Pogue.



Artworks shown in this issue by:


Michael Henry Adams, Charles Alston, Romare Bearden, Willie Birch, Iona Rozeal Brown, Jimoh Buraimoh, Nanette Carter, Elizabeth Catlett, Eldzier Cortor, Michael Cummings, Meshac Gaba, Ousmane Gueye, Nic Hess, Curlee Raven Holton,  David Huffman,  John W. Jones, Paul Keene, Avel de Knight, Gwen Knight, Edmonia Lewis, Norman Lewis, James Litaker, Jacob Lawrence, Antoine Louisgrand, , Charles McGill, Beverly McIver, Julie Mehretu,  Jules Olitski, Stephanie Pogue, Nelson Primus, Haywood Oubre, Stephanie Pogue, Faith Ringgold, Hayward Bill Rivers, Betye Saar, John Sims, Vincent Smith, Lou Stovall, Danny Tisdale, Fan L. Warren, Charles White, Jack White, Gail E. Wittwer-Laird, Chris Wynter.