Category Archives: African-American art

Merry Old Sole

Willie Cole’s artistic training began in the 1960s: with his dollar-a-week allowance, the Newark native visited S. Klein’s Department Store and bought model kits of plastic cars and superheroes. He’d put them together according to the directions – but that … Continue reading

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From Trenton to Africa, then Maine

Ever since there were threats last fall that the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie would be shuttering due to a lack of funds, I’ve been eager to get over there and find out what’s going on. “We are alive and … Continue reading

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Have You Been on the Subway Lately?

Ellen Driscoll’s “As Above, So Below” (right) is one of more than 225 works of art on the New York City Subway. That’s a larger art collection than many museums have. Faith Ringgold, Sol Lewitt, Romare Bearden and Raul Colon … Continue reading

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Jewel of Pennsylvania

As the Barnes Foundation gears up for its 2012 move from Merion Township to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, I remember a trip I took there a few years ago: a last chance to view the collection in its … Continue reading

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Broken Heart

Only Faith Ringgold merits two blog posts in a row. Here we are, on the cusp of Valentine’s Day, and limited-edition prints of Ms. Ringgold’s “Somebody Stole My Broken Heart” are being made available at the Hunterdon Museum in Clinton. … Continue reading

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Anyone Can Fly

Last year, when the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art  organized and mounted, Declaration of Independence: Fifty Years of Art by Faith Ringgold, a retrospective, I was very fortunate to get to interview the legendary artist on the occasion of … Continue reading

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Rubber Soul

For four months I’ve been walking by the recycled tire sculptures of Chakaia Booker on the Michael Graves terrace at the Arts Council of Princeton, thinking ok, I need to find out more about this artist. Then, I spotted her … Continue reading

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Sista Quilta

Bisa Butler is one of a few dozen artists who will be a part of the exhibit Wonderfully Made: African-American Fine Art in the Atrium at 6 Court St. in Morristown. On view Jan. 29-March 18, the other artists include … Continue reading

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