Artist a Day Challenge (24): Mark Bradford’s Homage to the Roxy

I have this mythologized view of New York that I have created entirely from the city’s nightclub scene between 1973 and 1987.  The Loft, the Gallery, the Paradise Garage and the Roxy sit at the center of this utopia, with the music in these venues acting as the heartbeat of the city.  Notice I didn’t mention Studio 54, because in my … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (24): Mark Bradford’s Homage to the Roxy

Artist of the Day Challenge (23): Devin Allen

In 2015 I watched the events of Baltimore unfold after the death and burial of Freddie Gray through the lens of Devin Allen. His photography captured the bitter pain that sat at the core of the emotional protests against police brutality.  Over the years I’ve watched his career flourish; he’s been in numerous shows, has been featured in … Continue reading Artist of the Day Challenge (23): Devin Allen

Artist a Day Challenge (21): Kahlil Joseph, Shabazz Palaces and Kelsey Lu present, “Music is My Mistress”

The Kenzo team snuck around and dropped off this video, tip toeing away like it was a secret gift.  It’s a visual stunner which comes as no surprise with Khalil Joseph as director.  Music is My Mistress is a short film featuring Jesse Williams as an Easy Rawlins style private eye who’s tracking down a man and his mistress for Tracee Ellis Ross; Kelsey Lu and … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (21): Kahlil Joseph, Shabazz Palaces and Kelsey Lu present, “Music is My Mistress”

Artist a Day Challenge (20): Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims

  1999 was steeped in Y2K mania.  Prince’s 1999 and R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World” made notable musical comebacks and served as the soundtrack for our collective psyche dealing with the pending certainty that the world was hurtling toward a computer programmed apocalypse.  The turn of the century came and went without much as much of a blip but that didn’t … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (20): Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims

Artist a Day Challenge (18, 19): Sanford Biggers and Looking to the Past to Question the Present

The other day when I was looking through Jennie C. Jones’ paintings I came across a photo that seemed out of place in relation to her current body of work; what I didn’t realize was that the picture was an important point of departure for the creation of her subsequent work.  Homage to an Unknown Suburban Black Girl circa 1969 features a young black woman … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (18, 19): Sanford Biggers and Looking to the Past to Question the Present