Latest Black Art News: Alteronce Gumby Joins Nicola Vassell Gallery, Lubaina Himid Wins Grand Artist Award, Historic Board Appointment to VMFA & More – 71Bait

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Artist Alteronce Gumby. | Photo by Catherine Balgavy


Abstract artist Alteronce Gumby (above) is now represented by the Nicola Vassell Gallery in New York. Gumby makes “vivid interstellar paintings that emerge from his deep fascination with the cosmos and theories of energy. His prismatic panels add new perspectives to the history of abstract painting by suggesting conscious connections between color, society and the universe.” Born in Harrisburg, Pa., Gumby lives and works in New York. His first solo show with Nicola Vassell, a gallery owned by a black woman, opens in September. | More

Tiwani Contemporary, with offices in London, UK and Lagos, Nigeria, announced its representation Emma Prempe (To the right). Prempeh, a London-based British artist of Ghanaian and Vincentian heritage, is the gallery’s first artist-in-residence at GAS Foundation in Lagos (August 2022). Her first solo exhibition with Tiwani Contemporary opens September 8th at Victoria Island, Lagos. | More

Nina Chanel Abney and Gallery of Digital Assets (GODA) announced that ICNCLST, a brand strategy and partnerships firm, will represent Abney’s Super Cool World. A unique artist with a critically acclaimed art practice, Abney’s bold, colorful and graphic images of contemporary culture are in demand for a variety of public art projects and brand collaborations. Abney has been collaborating with ICNCLST since 2017. The new agency formalizes and expands the relationship. | More

IMAGE: Above right, artist Emma Prempeh. | Courtesy of the artist and ALSO Journal, photo by Ellyse Anderson

Lynette L Allston is the new President of the VMFA Board of Trustees. | Photo by Sandra Sellars, © 2022 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Lynette L Allston (above) was elected President of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond. She has been a board member since 2017 and succeeds Dr. Monroe E. Harris Jr., the first black man elected President of the VMFA Board of Directors. Allston is the first Native American President of the VMFA Board of Trustees and, according to the VMFA, also the first Native American person to chair the board of a top 10 US art museum. Allston is Chief and Chairman Emeritus of the Tribal Council of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia. In addition to her VMFA role, she is President of the Board of Directors of the Rawls Museum Arts in Courtland, Virginia | More

Earlier this summer Kara Tucina Olidge (right) joined the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles as Associate Director of Collections and Discoveries. Previously, she was executive director of the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans. In previous roles, Olidge worked at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY and was Director of the Hetrick-Martin Institute in Newark, NJ | More

The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago announced two new members of its Advisory Board: Henok Misgina, vertical lead retail at Meta and Carlos Javier Ortiz, Director, cameraman and documentary photographer. | More

President Biden announced 11 appointments to the National Museum and Library Services Board, including two art museum directors and Julius C Jefferson Jr., a longtime leader in local, national, and international library communities who currently works for the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service. | More

PICTURED: Above right, Kara Tucina Olidge. | Courtesy of the Getty Research Institute


That African American Museum in Philadelphia moves to a new location on Benjamin Franklin Parkway where its near neighbors will include the Barnes Foundation and the Franklin Institute. The museum will be housed in the former Family Courts building, which was built in 1941 and modeled on the buildings in the Place de la Concorde, a public square in Paris. | Philadelphia investigators

That Portland Art Museum in Portland, Maine announced that four design teams have been shortlisted for the Campus Unification + Expansion project. Those selected include groups led by David Adjayes Adjaye Associates and LEVER Architecture, of which Chandra Robinson is a director. | More

That International African American Museum (IAAM) received a $1 million donation from Boeing, bringing the company’s support to the Charleston, SC museum to $2 million. The IAAM is scheduled to open in early 2023. | More

Lubaina Himid, a Turner Prize-winning artist (2017), was born in Zanzibar and lives and works in Preston, UK. | Photo by Magda Stawarska-Beavan

Awards & Honors

British artist and educator Lubaina Himid (above) won the 2024 Suzanne Deal Booth/FLAG Art Foundation Prize. The honor includes a $200,000 award and a solo exhibition that will debut in Texas at Contemporary Austin in spring 2024 and travel to the FLAG Art Foundation in New York in fall 2024. | More

Curator and multidisciplinary artist James Williams II won the US$30,000 Sondheim Prize. The annual award recognizes visual artists in the Baltimore area. Williams’ work is currently on view at the Sondheim Finalists’ Exhibition, a three-artist exhibition at the Walters Art Museum through September 18. | ArtDaily

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