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Smith & Benjamin’s
‘BAHAMIAN ART & CULTURE’
Issue No. 325

Sharing Art & Cultural News
of The Bahamas for 17 Years

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CLICK HERE to see online version.

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COVER IMAGE:
“Gossipin’ after Church” by Bahamian artist Eric Ellis
(2017 / Acrylic on canvas / 36" x 48")
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This painting is one of ten brand new paintings by Bahamian artist
and Royal Bahamas Police Sergeant Eric Ellis who created this
new body of work for his 2017 Christmas Art Sale.

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Friday, December 1st, 2017

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Dear Reader,

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"Plaiting Straw" by Eric Ellis (2017, Acrylic on canvas, 36"x43")

We are officially in the Christmas season. The temperatures have dropped (a bit) and there is an excitement in the air as we see Christmas tree booths popping up, parties being planned, Junkanoo groups practicing in the cool night air, Christmas concerts and music everywhere, stores being dressed for the holidays, lots of creative shopping events, and Bahamians in a mad dash to finish their costumes for Bay; it is really a most wonderful time!

Part of the thrill of Christmas time is being able to purchase gifts for loved ones. I, for one, would always encourage people to Buy Bahamian, especially Bahamian art and creative gifts. They are definitely one-of-a-kind, culturally relevant and specific and guaranteed to be gratifying to the one who loves to collect beautiful and unique things.

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"Balcony House" by Eric Ellis (2017, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48)

 
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"Playtime After School" by Eric Ellis (2017, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48)

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"Yellow Poui" by Eric Ellis (2017, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48)

In the spirit of Junkanoo and being creative, Bahamian artist and Royal Bahamas Police Sergeant Eric Ellis who resides and serves the community of Nicolls Town, Andros, has created a small but beautiful body of ten paintings for his Christmas Art Sale being hosted through this publication, Bahamian Art & Culture.

Ellis was born in Steventon, Exuma and his painting style is saturated with the colours of Junkanoo and is almost wholly representative of indigenous Bahamian culture. This new body of work depicts a romantic view of a Bahamian idyllic with its vignettes of a possible by-gone time that vibrantly still lives in the mind of the artist. Images of sloops in a regatta, fishing boats at the dock, old women gossiping and plaiting straw, families telling stories at the base of a grand tree, and the innocence of little schoolgirls and modest homes with white picket fences amidst a verdant tropical Eden.

Ellis says of his work, “I’m not painting to get rich. I’m just painting because I love it. Every person should be able to own a work by a Bahamian artist.”

So with that in mind, kindly contact Stephanie Shivers or myself at (242) 377-0241 or email us at bahamianart@smith-benjamin.com if you wish to see the selection of work by Bahamian artist Eric Ellis for your Christmas shopping considerations.

Happy Christmas!
Dionne Benjamin-Smith
Editor & Publisher
Bahamian Art & Culture eMagazine

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what’s happening
this weekend...

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E X H I B I T I O N :

Natascha Vazquez:
In a Space that Glows

OPENS TONIGHT:
Friday, Dec. 1st
6pm–9pm
The Island House, Mahogany Hill,
Western Road, Nassau

“In a Space that Glows” is the MFA Thesis Exhibition of Bahamian artist Natascha Vazquez.

Artist Statement
“This body of work for my thesis study emerged from a desire to understand the language of painting – I was always interested in the construction of painting – formalism – and its evolution over time. This interest came after two years of making work in graduate school without much direction; I was a scientist in a lab, mixing and pouring and scraping and slashing paint, but truthfully didn’t quite understand why. I knew about the Masters before me, all of the different art genres and pivotal artists but when it came to my own work, I was lost – I didn’t quite know where I fit in the dialogue. Graduate School is a place where one is forced to reflect and begin contextualizing one’s own practice – the only place I knew where to start was at the very beginning. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full artist’s statement.
CLICK HERE for exhibition’s Facebook event page.

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F A I R :

Ebenezer Methodist
Church Christmas Fair

TOMORROW:
Saturday, Dec. 2nd
12pm–5pm
Epworth Hall,
Shirley Street

Time again for the annual Ebenezer Methodist Church Christmas Fair. Saturday, December 2nd is the date from noon to 5pm in the Sir Durward Knowles Auditorium in Epworth Hall on Shirley Street.

Come and enjoy great food, home cooked turkey and ham dinners, conch fritters, chowder, and salad, hamburgers and hotdogs, lots of delicious sweet treats, cakes, cookies, fudge, and, of course, our homemade ice cream in several different flavors this year.

There will also be Christmas ornaments, books, toys, t-shirts, plants, and more on sale. And, for the first time, we will have free wi-fi at the fair. See you there!

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T H E A T R E :

Christmas on Sapodilla Street #3

THIS WEEKEND: Sat., Dec. 2nd at 8pm & Sun., Dec. 3rd at 6pm
The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, Mackey Street

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J A Z Z / C O N C E R T :

Jazzy Christmas Spirit at Jazz at Jacaranda

THIS SUNDAY: Sunday, December 3rd || From 6:30-8:30pm
Jacaranda House, Parliament Street, Nassau

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This Sunday evening, bring a friend and come out to Jacaranda House on Parliament Street to kick off the Christmas season with your favourite jazz musicians playing well known jazzy yuletide songs; it’s the best Jazz on the island!

Jazz at Jacaranda is a delightful way to unwind and enjoy the company of friends as you sit by a beautiful pool listening to some of the country’s most talented musicians. Sip a cool glass of wine under the stars on the grounds of this historic house built in 1840 in downtown Nassau. Cover charge is $15. There will be a cash wine bar and special light Christmas snacks available. For reservations, please email: jacarandanassau@gmail.com or call 1-242-322-2275.

CLICK HERE to visit Jacaranda House Facebook page.
CLICK HERE to visit Jacaranda House website.

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coming up next week...

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J U N K A N O O :

The 2017
Junior Junkanoo Festival & Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9th
12 Noon to 10pm
Arawak Cay
Fish Fry/Western Esplanade

The 2017 Sol Junior JUNKANOO Festival and Parade will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 on Arawak Cay. The parade itself will begin at 2:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture on University Drive (formerly Thompson Boulevard) and will be on sale at the event date on Arawak Cay. The prices are from FREE to $10. Please plan to attend and bring all youngsters as it is planned to be a tremendously fabulous event!

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C O N C E R T :

Ebenezer Methodist Church presents:
The Music of Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 10th | 7pm
Ebenezer Methodist Church, Shirley Street

The Music Department of Ebenezer Methodist Church returns again with its exciting annual presentation of Christmas Music.

This year’s Collection of music will include mainly popular carols, each presented with a twist and will feature a combined choir of singers and friends of the Music Department, accompanied by a cadre of musicians from the wider community. Special offerings from Organ, Piano, Bell Choir and Soloists will also be presented and the welcome participation of carol singing from the audience.

This will be a very special evening, not to be missed, and we invite the public to attend and join in the celebration and merriment of the season. See you there!

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The world-renowned, award-winning Bahamas National Youth Choir.

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C O N C E R T :

The Bahamas National Youth Choir: 9th Annual Christmas Concert

Tuesday, December 12th
At 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Methodist Church
Frederick Street and Trinity Place

Free Admission to All!

Under the distinguished patronage of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, GCMG, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC) under the direction of Dexter Fernander will present the premiere of “The Christmas Psalm”, written by BNYC alumnus Sonovia Ovette Pierre.

“It will set the mood for the evening performance,” said Fernander.“In selecting music, generally I look for something that leaves an impression on individuals, hopefully for most concert attendees they leave with a message in music.”

Fernander added that attendees could look forward to an evening that warms their hearts and kindles the spirit of Christmas.

“We’re providing refreshing new music and revisiting traditional classical songs. They can look forward to fascinating arrangements,” he said.

A very special tribute will also be paid to the late Cleophas R.E. Adderley, OBE. The cultural icon was the founder and director of The Bahamas National Youth Choir. Fernander said that the choir will present a Bahamian carol composed by the late Cleophas Adderley and that attendees can expect a very pleasant surprise.

CLICK HERE for full story at BahamasLocal.com.
CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.

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art & culture news
from the bahamas

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Mortimer with a caricature he drew of a ISCA attendee. "I'm really proud of this piece," says Mortimer.

Bahamian artist awarded fastest caricaturist in the world by international society

Bahamian artist Renbert Mortimer is officially the fastest man in the world with a pen when it comes to drawing caricatures. He speaks about winning this prestigious award and about his vision to see more young local artists recognised on an international level.

by Felicity Ingraham

Renbert Mortimer is anything but ordinary – his personality, his passion, his art – all unique and very dynamic. He has wisdom beyond his years, lofty goals, and the energy to fulfill them. Ren, as he is affectionately called, is more than a artist. He is also a marketing creative, illustrator, author, publisher, social media marketer, and motivational speaker. As an artist, he is especially talented in caricature, and this month he was awarded by the International Society of Caricature Artists (ISCA) as the fastest in the world.

Four years ago when he joined the ISCA, Ren was a highly competitive artist who had the attitude that, “I am from the Bahamas and I have a lot to prove, so I am going out there and beat everyone.”

The group consists of more than 200 members who meet for an annual conference in the United States at which artists engage in a week of competitions. Mini-conferences are hosted throughout the year at various locations around the world, and Ren is seeking to establish a branch of the ISCA in his own country. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full article on Page 4 in The Tribune Weekend.

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Bahamian artist Antonius Roberts

Bahamian artist in Art Africa Exhibition at Art Basel Miami

The Art Africa Miami Arts Fair opens its 7th exhibition entitled “BACK TO BLACK: No On/Off Ramps” at Art Basel Miami on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017.

Bahamian artist Antonius Roberts was invited to participate by Babacar MBow, curator and executive director of the Florida Africana Studies Consortium. He will be showcasing his work along with 24 other artists from the United States, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, including Leroy Clark of Trinidad and Tobago, Philippe Dodard of Haiti, Tony Peralta of the Dominican Republic, and Phillip Thomas of Jamaica.

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Artwork by Antonius Roberts to be on exhibit at the 2017 Art Africa Miami Arts Fair.

Art Africa is held at the renovated historic Clyde Killens Pool Hall in the heart of historic Overtown – a then- and still-segregated Black neighborhood, minutes away from downtown Miami. This historic Black space is today the object of all sorts of speculation. In past decades, Overtown was shattered by the US Federal government’s locking the area under domes of highway overpasses without a ramp neither for entry nor exit. Thus, the subtitle of the Fair – “No On/Off Ramps”.

“BACK TO BLACK: No On/Off Ramps” is a multimedia presentation including paintings, sculptures, photography, installation and video as well as performance exploring how alternative narratives confront the resurgence of oppression and the idea of Black arts’ intervention in the cultural sphere as both necessary and urgent.

Antonius Roberts is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Art and is the founding curator of The Central Bank of The Bahamas’ Art Gallery. He has participated in international exhibitions, including Wiesbaden, Germany and the 8th Changchun International Sculpture Symposium in China. Roberts’ works are included in numerous collections in the US, South Africa, Italy and throughout the Caribbean.

CLICK HERE to visit Art Africa Arts Fair website.
CLICK HERE to visit Antonius Roberts’ website.
CLICK HERE to view video of Antonius Roberts and his work.

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Actress Ren Croney.

BIFF premiers major US film starring actress of Bahamian roots

Director & actors will be in attendance at premier.

The Bahamas International Film Festival will be premiering a US film based on true events entitled “The Hudson Tribes” by Jon Marco Lopez featuring up and coming actress of Bahamian heritage, Ren Croney.

“The Hudson Tribes” is a socio-political crime thriller, inspired by true events. Amidst racial tensions, a Hasidic young man falls in love with a Hispanic woman who teaches at the school his leaders are shutting down. During a contentious school board vote led by an Orthodox Jewish majority, a prominent leader in the Hasidic community is ruthlessly kidnapped by a local right-wing extremist, and witnessed by the curious eye of this teenager. The young man decides to withhold information from the police in order to uncover the crime himself – only to realize that the woman he’s infatuated with – is dating the main culprit. Based on true events in an up-state New York town, where a public school district is being torn apart by corrupt politicians, racial divides, and escalating violence – can a romantic connection between two people from distinct ethnic groups bring this town together?

Ren Croney is an actress, known for Top Five (2014), She’s Funny That Way (2014) and Broadcasting Christmas (2016). She plays Detective Beth McGrady in The Hudson Tribes.

The film debuts Saturday, December 16 and also on Sunday, December 17 at 2:15pm at Baha Mar’s Theater 2. The film’s director & actors will be in attendance at premier.

CLICK HERE to visit the BIFF website.
CLICK HERE to view trailer of film.

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Portrait of Bahamian artist Allan Wallace (Photo: Holly Bynoe)

Seeking Divine Creativity

Artist Allan Wallace’s new works revisits his religious upbringing.

by Keisha Oliver

The relationship between art and spirituality is more connected than many of us realise. There exists between them a peculiar kinship used to inspire personal and universal endeavours toward an ideal reality. History teaches us that philosophy unifies the two at a point where intuition and the self-conscious embrace spiritual-mindedness. For Allan Wallace, these parallels sit at the foundation of his pursuit/exploration in self-awareness and survival, framing the trajectory of his life’s work/creative practice.

From the masters to the contemporaries, Bahamian artists have been seen circling conversations on faith and ritual since the late sixties, yet few consider it their divine calling. Master intuitive and folk artist the late Amos Ferguson is regarded for his life’s work, largely influenced by his religious upbringing. Ferguson believed his repertoire of Bible and Bahamian scenes were a result of divine instruction from God. Although their styles couldn't be more dissimilar Wallace and Ferguson share the journey of prolific self-taught creatives, who emerged as artists of the gospel in their generation. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full article at the NAGB website.

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Willique

Bahamian designer Anya Pratt is the brains and founder of the international Willique brand.

Luxury UK brand draws inspiration from The Bahamas

As the luxury accessory brand Willique continues to grow from strength to strength, founder and creative director Anya credits not only hard work and perseverance with her triumph, but also the continued support of her childhood islands – the Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas.

Anya is returning to her island homes late this December through to the middle of January 2018 in order to nurture key relationships for the general promotion and launch of Willique within the Caribbean.

Whilst predominately UK based, Anya strongly believes in fostering exposure of the brand within the Caribbean. She believes that by doing so, Willique plays a small part in demonstrating the variety of independent and luxury entrepreneurial ventures arising on the islands.

Anya was born and raised in The Bahamas and later migrated to the Turks and Caicos Islands, She believes in ‘slow fashion’, which incorporates ethicality, sustainability and “green” ideals within fashion and strives to slow down consumption. And she ascribes model to her childhood experiences and extensive traveling, including spending years pursuing an education in the US and UK. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full article on Page 17 in The Tribune Weekend.
CLICK HERE to visit the Willique brand website.

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Bahamian Designer TraiCéline Pratt with one piece from his collection.

Viewing couture through an artist’s eyes

Emerging Bahamian artist TraiCéline Pratt is delving into the world of couture, encouraging those who view his work to consider wearable garments as more than just fashion, but as art.

On Tuesday, the Bahamian college senior, who is currently studying Art and Apparel and Textile Design at the North Dakota State University, hosted an exhibition at the Memorial Union Gallery in Fargo.

“Although I don’t label myself as a fashion designer and rather be seen as an artist, I feel as though fashion design is truly a beautiful art within the field of fine arts,” he said. Trai explained that his exhibition was comprised of flat drawings of female bodies and gowns that he created.

“Couture patterns that were completely made by me; the gown itself that were completely sewn by me and all the other photos and print makings that were also done by me. The whole show is based off of dreams that I have and within these dreams the designs of the gowns are shown to be by an unknown female,” he said. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full article on Page 2 in The Tribune Weekend.
CLICK HERE to visit Pratt’s website for full collection.

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Bahamian author Vera Chase.

Vera’s life in volume

Bahamian author Vera Chase celebrated a special book launch this past Sunday at Luciano’s of Chicago. For the first time ever, she presented her four books at one event. They are “Islands My Islands,” a book of poetry; “Take Me Back to Guanahani”, poetry and short stories; “Pirates Paradise,” poetry and short stories, and “A Collage of Dream”, a junior writers picture book. All stories in these books are uniquely Bahamian. Each book, she said, took her three years to write.

In addition to being a writer, poet and historian of the early Bahamas, Ms Chase is also the founding member and president of the Commonwealth Writers, a non-profit organisation which consists of adult and junior writers in New Providence and the Family Islands, and which is currently celebrating 13 years.

Since its inception, the organisation has produced and published three books. The Commonwealth Writers assist writers with publishing information, promotes literacy, Bahamian history and culture, visits schools and mentors junior writers. Every year, Ms Chase hosts the Storytellers Convention and the Writing Awards for participants in the annual National Short Story/Poetry Competition. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full article on Page 12 in The Tribune Weekend.

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Photo: Deran Thompson Sr.)

Bringing history to life

The struggle for freedom in The Bahamas from slavery to independence is the subject of a riveting exhibition on display at the Pompey Museum and is now open to the public. A recent open house day for this exhibit attracted locals and tourists alike who wanted to learn more about the history of The Bahamas, including a lot of lesser-known events in the country’s history.

Visit the exhibit to learn about the wreck to the slave ship Peter Mowell that went aground in the Abacos in 1860. On July 25th that year, after 36 days of sailing from the Congo River in Africa, the Peter Mowell ran aground on Lynyard Cay in the Abaco chain of islands. The illegally operated schooner was en route to Havana, Cuba, with a human cargo of 400 captive Africans. Having already lost many of its sails, the slaver wrecked as it attempted to evade what it believed to be a British Navy man-of-war. The ship’s crew and at least 390 Africans made it safely ashore to the uninhabited and inhospitable Lynyard Cay. The ship itself was left to disintegrate on the rocks. Captives and crew survived the wreck due largely to the response of Bahamian wreckers like Ridley Pinder and Henry Sweeting from Cherokee Sound [...]

CLICK HERE to read full article on Page 8 in The Tribune Weekend.

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art from the region
and beyond

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Alexis Peskine, "Soninké Whispers", 2017. Nails, moon gold leaf, paint and satin varnish on wood panel, 241 x 247 cm. (Courtesy of the October Gallery.)

Where to find Black Art during Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

by Melissa Hunter Davis

When Art Basel arrived in Miami Beach in 2002, collectors, the jet set and those in the visual arts field attended Art Basel and the few satellite events that coincided with the fair. Now, every gallery, artist, and non-profit wants a part of the weekend, and that is a positive thing. Art Basel Miami Beach/Miami Art Week brings no less than $13 million to the economy of Miami Dade County and provides a platform for over 4,000 artists to exhibit and perform. The palpable energy of the highly anticipated arts week encourages people to enjoy the art in traditional and non-traditional ways.

Our favorite part of Art Basel Miami Beach/Art Miami Week is the representation of black artists from the African diaspora; artists from Haiti, The United States, Ghana, Nigeria, France, Brazil, Jamaica, and Cuba. You will find these artists in Miami Beach and the surrounding cities exhibiting their work and performing. This year, you can party with Virgil Abloh and view the work of Afro-Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea. The amount of artwork by late-career and early career artists is vast and requires some research and planning if you want to experience everything the diaspora has to offer. With a field that is filled with small and significant exhibits, this guide gives you everything you need to find artists of African descent. You will be able to explore Miami neighborhoods that have an exciting history and support the local Black Miami art scene, and larger fairs in commercial districts. This year, we added a map to make navigating Miami more manageable, and to help you plan your Art Basel/Miami Art Week travel. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in Sugarcane Magazine.

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Work from Kehinde Wiley’s new exhibition "Kehinde Wiley: In Search of the Miraculous" which opened November 24th in London. In this exciting new body of work, Wiley departs from the singular portrait style for which he is most celebrated and engages with both classical romanticism and epic maritime allegorical painting. In a series of seascape paintings, Wiley captures dramatic scenes of men battling perilous waves at sea and more contemplative and serene portraits of men on shorelines. Here the artist crucially replaces the bold patterned textile backgrounds of previous work with darker, more earthy tones that evoke the unyielding nature of the sea. (“Fishermen Upon a Lee-shore, in Squally Weather (Zakary Antoine)” (2017). (Credit: Stephen Friedman Gallery, London)

Kehinde Wiley on painting the Powerless.
And a President.

Wiley’s new London exhibition represents a departure for him – nine maritime paintings and a film featuring real-life Haitians who stand on the beach in brooding full-length portraits, or sail the stormy seas in old fishing vessels.

by Farah Nayeri

Early next year, a portrait of Barack Obama will go up on the walls of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, produced by an artist who was chosen by Mr. Obama himself in the closing months of his presidency.

The artist, Kehinde Wiley, is known for picturing young black people in stylized portraits that are deliberate throwbacks to earlier traditions of painting. His “Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps” (2005) shows a young man in hiking boots and camouflage riding a rearing stallion the way the French emperor does in an early-1800s painting by Jacques-Louis David. In the 2010 “Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson),” the pop superstar Jackson, in a cape and elaborate armor, mimics the monarch in the Rubens work it references.

So will Mr. Obama be depicted on horseback, wearing breeches and a plumed hat? Mr. Wiley said he had been sworn to secrecy by the National Portrait Gallery. “I wish I could say more,” he added in an interview at the Stephen Friedman Gallery here, where he has a new solo show. He indicated that he was hard at work on the portrait, saying there had been “so many different iterations” of it. “I’m excited about it: It’s going to be amazing,” he said. “It’s going to be, like, boom!” he added, spreading his arms in jubilation. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in The New York Times.
CLICK HERE to view works from Wiley’s new show.

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Ugo Rondinone’s installation, “vocabulary of solitude,” at the Bass in Miami Beach, Fla., which recently reopened. (Credit: Scott McIntyre for The New York Times)

When it comes to contemporary art, Miami wants more, more, more

by Brett Sokol

Building a new contemporary art museum in Miami is easy. Just ask Irma Braman, a founder and co-chairwoman of the board of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, which opens in the Design District on Friday, Dec 1st.

“Norm was having lunch with Craig one day and said, ‘I’d love to have a museum.’ Craig said, ‘I have this piece of land,’” Mrs. Braman recalled.

That’s it?

“It was that simple,” she said.

Of course, if you want to start an art museum in Miami, it helps if the “Norm” in question is Mrs. Braman’s husband, Norman, a Miami auto dealership magnate and fixture on the Forbes 400 list with a net worth estimated at $2.5 billion. And the “Craig”? That is Craig Robins, one of the city’s most prominent real estate developers and, if not yet Forbes-worthy, certainly a future contender.

Three years after that fateful lunch, and $75 million in cash and donated land later, the ICA Miami and its gleaming new three-story building are a reality. Lest anyone wonder how this major metropolitan area with the second-highest poverty rate in the nation can afford this artsy largess — especially with still unforeseen costs to address the rising sea and regularly flooded streets — it can’t. Mr. Braman funded ICA Miami’s design and construction himself. And admission to the museum is free. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in the New York Times.

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Kwame Brathwaite, "Untitled (Sikolo)", 1968, printed 2017

Race relations in the spotlight at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Works that examine civil rights and cultural politics are in abundance at the US art fair.

by Anny Shaw

Spurred on by a new urgency in conversations about race in the US, where white supremacists have collided with Black Lives Matter activists in recent months, interest in work by African-American artists is on the rise. With calls growing for greater support of black artists, combined with buyers looking beyond the Basquiat boom, many US dealers at Art Basel in Miami Beach (7-10 December) are bringing works that illuminate past struggles or respond to the current moment.

At the Los Angeles gallery Cherry and Martin, Kwame Brathwaite is showing photographs of black models taken between 1964 and 1968 but printed this year. “Brathwaite was one of the first people to popularise the phrase ‘black is beautiful’ in the late 1950s and early 1960s,” says Mary Leigh Cherry, the gallery’s co-owner. “His photographs were specifically intended to shape the course of American visual discourse, in which there were very few positive images of African-Americans.” Brathwaite’s prints are priced between $4,000 and $8,000.

The art world is only now waking up to its historic racism and sexism, but there is a “genuine desire” to address these issues, Cherry says. “Collectors, curators and critics are excited to learn about previously overlooked artists, to collect their work and explore the legacy of these artists...” [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in The Art Newspaper.

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Smith & Benjamin’s Bahamian Art & Culture eMagazine

Art & Culture were created to
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Bahamian Art & Culture eMagazine
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a design firm based in Nassau, The Bahamas offering graphic design, custom illustration, fine art, art marketing, art brokerage and publishing.

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