Latest News in Black Art: Eric Pryor Named President of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Jarrell Gibbs Painted Portrait of Late Congressman Elijah Cummings & More

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December 8, 2021: At PAFA, incoming President Eric Pryor is flanked by paintings by John Neagle (“Pat Lyon at the Forge,” 1829) and Kehinde Wiley (Three Wise Men Saluting the Entrance to Lagos, “2008). | Courtesy of JEH Creatives / Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.


The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia announced its next president. Eric Pryor he has been chosen to direct the historical museum and the university. He joins PAFA from the Harlem School of the Arts, where he has served as president since 2015. His previous positions include executive director of the Center for Arts Education in New York; Executive Director of the State Museum of New Jersey; and president of the New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts. Earlier in his career, Pryor was Executive Director of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Center for the Arts and Culture in Brooklyn, NY. it is strategic, collaborative and innovative, with the sensibilities of an artist, ”said PAFA’s chairwoman of the board of directors, Anne E. McCollum, in a statement. The appointment marks the return to Philadelphia. Pryor earned an MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University (1992). “I am deeply honored to assume leadership of this historic and celebrated institution,” Pryor said in a statement. “I look forward to working in partnership with the PAFA board, staff, faculty, students, and alumni, and begin writing your next great chapter together. I am also delighted to return to Philadelphia and its many diverse communities. It is a city of great art and mastery, with PAFA as one of the jewels in the crown ”. Pryor officially begins at PAFA on January 18.


Alicia henry it is now represented by Tiwani Contemporary in London. Last summer the gallery presented its first solo show in the UK. “Alicia Henry: To Whom It May Concern”, presented figurative and mixed media sculptural works. Henry, born in Illinois, is a professor of art at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Tiwani will open a second gallery location in Lagos, Nigeria, in February 2022.

Frieze covers the final issues of the year with works by artists HURVIN ANDERSON, “Skylarking”, 2021 (acrylic, oil on canvas, 2.5 × 1.8 m. | © and courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London. Photo by Richard Ivey (November / December 2021); and ADAM PENDLETON, “Untitled (WE ARE NOT),” 2020–21 (October 2021) | © Adam Pendleton, courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery


The latest covers of the London-based Frieze magazine are illustrated with works by the British artist. Hurvin Anderson and based in New York Adam Pendleton. The November / December cover features a lush new tropical scene painted by Anderson, accompanying a conversation with artist Peter Doig. Also in the issue, a look at black clay-working artists such as Helen Cammock, Theaster Gates, and Magdalene Odundo. In October, Terence Trouillot described Pendleton before his exhibition “Who is Queen,” currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Highlights also include a conversation with Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama. In addition, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Peter Doig and Jessica Lynne respond to the work of Bob Thompson (1937-1966) on the occasion of the painter’s retrospective at the Colby College Museum of Art in Maine.

JERRELL GIBBS, “I only have one minute, 60 seconds … Portrait of the Honorable Elijah Cummings,” 2021. | Courtesy of Jerrell Gibbs and Mariane Ibrahim

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Baltimore-based artist Jarrell gibbs was commissioned to paint the official portrait of Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to be hung in the United States Capitol. Before the portrait is installed in Washington, DC, it will be on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art from December 22, 2021 to January. February 9, 2022. | New York Times

Barbados faces its history of slavery and colonialism. After removing Queen Elizabeth II as ceremonial head of state and becoming a parliamentary republic, the Caribbean island announced that it had commissioned the British-Ghanaian architect David adjaye to design a major heritage site. The project includes a slavery museum, research institute, graveyard and graveyard, and will also house the Barbados Archives, tens of millions of documents related to the transatlantic slave trade. | The art newspaper


Swann Auction Galleries in New York City he is hiring an administrator for his Department of African American Art. The application deadline is January 7, 2022. | More information

Next summer, ArtTable-funded fellows will work in a variety of arts organizations. ArtTable, which “is dedicated to promoting the leadership of women in the visual arts”, seeks artistic organizations interested in hosting scholarship recipients. Host organization applications must be submitted by January 31, 2022. | More information

Newton Enslaved Burial Ground Memorial in Barbados: “Drawing on the technique and philosophy of traditional African tombs, places of prayer and pyramids,” said architect David Adjaye, “the monument is conceived as a space that contemporaneously honors the dead, edifies the living and manifests a new diasporic future for black civilization that is both from the African continent and different from it. ” | Adjaye Associates Video

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