Artist a Day Challenge 2016-18: David Hammons

Most of David Hammons work is aligned with assemblage (the practice of incorporating found materials in art), so this particular piece departs from his traditional aesthetic.  Despite this, the work remains contextually rooted in some of his earlier themes.  In the 1980s Hammons created the “Basketball Hoops Series” to address the myth of sport as … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-18: David Hammons

Artist a Day Challenge 2016-15: A Ruckus on the Runway: Black Models in Fashion

On November 28, 1973 America found itself officially placed on fashion’s map after the legendary Battle of Versailles runway show.   This walk-off pitted American designers against French designers in an elaborately designed show that catapulted the U.S. to design prominence. The 5 American designers who showcased their work to an international crowd featured 10 black models- an unprecedented move in fashion. To … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-15: A Ruckus on the Runway: Black Models in Fashion

Artist a Day Challenge 2016-10: Misty Copeland X Degas

  The March issue of Bazaar hits newsstands on February 16h and today the magazine released stills of its photoshoot with American Ballet Theatre’s Principal Dancer Misty Copeland.  The shoot is a Degas redux bringing some of the artist’s most famous work to life with Copeland wearing Alexander Mc Queen, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Alberta Ferretti and Oscar de la Renta. The re-creations … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-10: Misty Copeland X Degas

Artist a Day Challenge 2016-4: James Van Der Zee

James Van Der Zee was a prolific photographer documenting Harlem in the 1920’s and 1930’s with work that earned him the unofficial title of “Photographer of the Harlem Renaissance.”  With a mission to highlight middle class life, his work featured portraits of black New Yorkers, showing a side of life that was virtually invisible outside the African American community.  He was very … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-4: James Van Der Zee

Artist a Day Challenge No. 26: Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas has a unique style that is nothing short of bodacious. Her colorful, glitter infused portraiture work is commands your attention and invites you delve into a deeper understanding of the person that is being portrayed.  Her use of interiors and recent pivot to abstract portraits were a mystery to me because I couldn’t connect the … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge No. 26: Mickalene Thomas