Artist a Day Challenge (27): Kerry James Marshall

As I near the end of my Artist a Day Challenge for Black History Month, I bring you to the very first name on my list of artists to feature this year, and that is Kerry James Marshall. Mastry, Marshall’s critically acclaimed and highly anticipated retrospective is finally coming to MOCA Los Angeles in March after its two successful runs … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (27): Kerry James Marshall

Artist of the Day Challenge (26): Henry Taylor

Upon graduating from Cal Arts in the mid 90’s, Los Angeles artist Henry Taylor has cultivated a career as a portrait artist who uses his medium to connect with his subjects. That familiarity shows through in his work as most of his portraits come from impromptu encounters with the people who find themselves in his orbit: family, friends andhomeless people in … Continue reading Artist of the Day Challenge (26): Henry Taylor

Artist of the Day Challenge (25):Kevin Beasley

I’m currently writing a separate piece on Kevin Beasley’s current installation at the Hammer Museum, but I thought I would highlight him in my artist a day challenge as well. Artists that incorporate sound into their work interest me these days because they activate their environments in an entirely new way.  Some of Beasley’s ghost like … Continue reading Artist of the Day Challenge (25):Kevin Beasley

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 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 (11): Roy DeCarava

Photography has always been used as a powerful tool for social change.  From Frederick Douglass’ early adoption of photography a medium for countering negative images, to Sojourner Truth’s use of Cartes de Visites, W.E.B DuBois’ curated images at the Paris Exhibition of 1900, to James Van Der Zee’s documenting of the black middle class during the Harlem … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (11): Roy DeCarava