Smith & Benjamin’s ‘BAHAMIAN ART & CULTURE’ Issue No. 330 Sharing Art & Cultural News of The Bahamas for 17 Years • • • • CLICK HERE to see onli


Smith & Benjamin’s
Issue No. 330

Sharing Art & Cultural News
of The Bahamas for 17 Years

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CLICK HERE to see online version.

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“Champions” by Bahamian resident artist Sue Katz Lightbourn
(18" x 24" / Photo transfer, collage, paint / 2017)
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Sue's piece, along with works by Janeen Walker and Kerry China, are on
display until March 7th in The Current Gallery’s first Artist-in-Residence
exhibition entitled “RE:1” at Baha Mar.


Thursday, January 25, 2018


what events are happening
this weekend...


E X H I B I T I O N :

The Chan Pratt Inspiration

Thursday, Jan. 25th
Sapodilla Estate, West Bay Street

Tonight, the Chan Pratt Foundation will host its third art show fundraiser is a mixed media exhibition that will feature the works of various young Bahamian artists inspired by the work of the late master artist and exhibiting a diversity of styles. This event is poised to set the tone for the start of a relationship between the Chan Pratt Foundation and The University of The Bahamas.

The musical backdrop for the evening will be orchestrated by Adrian D’Aguilar and The Jazz Cats and guests can look forward to a catered reception of savory hors d’oeuvres, dessert pastries and wine, throughout the evening. It will be an evening of entertainment comprised of live art, music and a display of some of the country’s most promising talents.

CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.


F I L M / F E S T I V A L :

The Island House Film Festival

Wednesday, January 24 – Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Island House Film Festival is back for its second year of critically regarded new films, talks, workshops and parties which takes place over 5 consecutive days between Wednesday, January 24 and Sunday, January 28.

All movies cost just $10 and also need to be pre-booked in advance. Tickets must be paid for a minimum of half an hour before each screening begins or tickets will be made available on the rush ticket line. Everyone is welcome to join in on the FREE talks & workshops, we just ask you sign up to confirm your attendance as spaces are limited. Call 698-6300 or email for further information.

CLICK HERE for full details at the Film Festival’s Facebook page.

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Bahamas‎ Annual Stepping Stone Quilters Show

Thursday, Jan 25–Saturday, Feb 3rd
Trinity Methodist Church
Frederick Street

Stop into Trinity Methodist Church, Frederick St. from Thursday, January 25 through Saturday, February 3rd to see what wonderful creations the Stepping Stone Quilters of Nassau have come up with this year at their annual exhibition.

Be sure to cast your votes for the various challenges and as usual there will be various items for sale including full-sized quilts. Viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily including Sunday. Admission is FREE.

CLICK HERE for the Stepping Stone Quilter’s Facebook page.


C O N C E R T :

The Nassau Music Society presents its first Concert of 2018: ‘Duo Siqueira Lima’ Guitar Duo

Saturday, Jan 27th | 7pm | The Current, Baha Mar
Sunday, Jan 28th | 5pm | St Paul’s Church Hall, Lyford Cay


Cecilia Noel Siqueira and Franco de Lima

Two nights only!

Cecilia Noel Siqueira of Uruguay and Franco de Lima of Brazil will captivate audiences with their technical virtuosity and daring arrangements for two guitars. In their concerts, the Duo will treat us to a diverse musical evening with selections of classics, traditional Spanish guitar, popular music and Brazilian folk music.

Talented University of The Bahamas music students Travis Rolle and this year’s NMS Scholarship recipient Anthony Dean will open both concerts.

The Duo will conduct a masterclass on January, Friday 26th at 1pm at The Current, Baha Mar Art Studios. Masterclasses are free for students and NMS Members to observe, and a requested $10.00 donation to the NMS Scholarship Fund for all others.

For further information regarding tickets and memberships or to RSVP for the masterclass, please call 322-7427 or email


Cecilia Noel Siqueira and Franco de Lima, Duo Siqueira Lima


Saturday, January 27th, The Current, Baha Mar Art Studios
For free parking please be sure to have your self-parking ticket validated at the ticket desk when you enter The Current. A (credit card only) bar will be open during the Art & Wine session, starting at 7pm. (NMS will serve a complimentary glass of wine at intermission.) NMS Members will be eligible for special offers from participating restaurants at Baha Mar.

Sunday, January 28th at St Paul’s Church Hall, Lyford Cay
The NMS is pleased to offer all NMS Members the opportunity to enjoy Mahogany House’s 2-for-1 aperitif special and/or a complimentary glass of Prosecco with dinner after all concerts taking place at Saint Paul’s Church this season. Simply show your 2018 NMS Membership card and concert ticket when dining to redeem this offer!

Mahogany House is open each Sunday between 6pm–10pm and is located just up the hill from the roundabout in front of the Lyford Cay gates. Please enter at The Island House sign. It is recommended to reserve your table when dining, please call 362-6669 or email

CLICK HERE to visit the NMS FaceBook page.
CLICK HERE for Duo Siqueira Lima performance video.
CLICK HERE for Duo Siqueira Lima performance video.


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J A Z Z / F E S T I V A L :

Eleuthera…All That Jazz Music Festival

April 11th-15th, 2018
Governor’s Harbour Eleuthera

The much anticipated 2018 installment of Eleuthera…All That Jazz (EATZ) is back and will take place over the course of 5 days this April 11th–15th, 2018 on the beautiful family island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas.

Each day, concert events will be held at a different venue throughout the island; some will require tickets, others a cover charge, and the ever popular Friday Night Jammin’ at the Fish Fry in Governor’s Harbour will be free. A full schedule will soon be posted once finalized.

CLICK HERE for the Eleuthera...All That Jazz website.
CLICK HEREfor the Eleuthera...All That Jazz Facebook page.


art & culture news
from the bahamas

Tamika Galanis

Bahamian artist and documentarian Tamika Galanis.

Bahamian artist’s film selected for Rotterdam Film Festival by Smithsonian

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has selected the film “When the Lionfish Came” by Bahamian artist and documentarian Tamika Galanis to screen in a special programme at the International Film Festival at Rotterdam (IFFR) this weekend.

The programme is titled “The Color Line: African American Agency in Cultural Representation” and it seeks to revisit W.E.B. DuBois’ notion that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.”

Galanis’ film is just one of seven films selected by the Smithsonian for the IFFR and is being shown along noteworthy films by acclaimed directors including Madeline Anderson and Ava DuVernay.

“When the Lionfish Came” uses shot and found footage of the Bahamian coral reefs, ravished by invasive lionfish, and the island's traditional Junkanoo celebration to compose a counter-paradisiacal narrative that advocates the preservation of Bahamian culture and native marine life.

Tamika Galanis is a Bahamian documentarian and multimedia visual artist. A Post-MFA Fellow in the Documentary Arts at Duke University, Galanis’ work examines the complexities of living in a place shrouded in tourism’s ideal during the age of climate concerns. Her photography-based practice includes traditional documentary work and new media abstractions of written, oral, and archival histories.

CLICK HERE for more information on the festival.
CLICK HERE for more about artist Tamika Galanis.


Art in America reviews Bahamian artist Lavar Munroe’s work in Prospect.4 in New Orleans

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Lavar Munroe, "Of the Omens He Had As He Entered His Own Village, and Other Incidents That Embellished and Gave Colour to a Great History" (2017). Deconstructed Junkanoo costumes, found fabric, bullhorns, beads, rubber, tennis balls, ribbon, mesh, wood, mask, synthetic hair, feathers and cardboard. (Courtesy of the artist.)

by Brian Droitcour

Biennials usually balance works from and about disparate places with site-specific projects and gestures toward local culture, often by local artists. As a site for such a show, New Orleans poses a particular problem, laden as it is with tradition and myth. It’s called North America’s most African city, its most European city, its most Caribbean city. It’s the “Gateway to the Americas.” It’s Catholic and carnivalesque. Its color could easily overwhelm the bland, flat globalism of the standard international exhibition. But curator Trevor Schoonmaker has risen to the challenge with Prospect.4, the current edition of the New Orleans triennial, titled “A Lotus Despite the Swamp.” With seventy-three artists and duos showing at seventeen venues, the show nods to both tourist-brochure boasts and the art world’s global purview in a way that invigorates them, by reanimating histories of trade and exploitation, fusion and exchange.

The hub of Prospect.4 is the Contemporary Arts Center, where the display opens with an impressive assortment of large-scale sculptures. [...] Lavar Munroe, a Bahamas-born artist living in Maryland, contributes Of the Omens He Had as He Entered His Own Village, and Other Incidents That Embellished and Gave a Colour to a Great History (2017), a tableau of a horse rearing as its rider lies cast off beside it. The mythic scene is made of strips of cardboard and brown tape and colorful bits of detritus: torn-open tennis balls, feathers, fake hair. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Art in America.


Bahamian Organ Master Dr Sparkman Ferguson

Bahamian Organ Master to play 18th annual recital

by Felicity Ingraham

Organ music can sound absolutely sublime to the ears. Many believe, if played correctly, the organ sounds can serve as a blessing for the heart and have a calming effect on the soul. For those who share this sentiment, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to hear noted Bahamian organist Dr. Sparkman Ferguson.

Tonight, Thursday, January 25, Dr. Ferguson will be featured at Christ Church Cathedral’s annual Epiphany recital for the 18th year in a row. Annual recitals began 19 years ago and Dr. Ferguson joined a year later, serving as a fixture on the programme ever since, much to the delight of faithful attendees. Hundreds flock to the cathedral each year to hear the accomplished organist. It is described as a classical/sacred organ presentation and runs over 60 minutes.

“The purpose of the event is to share the glory of the organ with music lovers,” said Dr. Ferguson. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story on Pg 2 in The Tribune Weekend.

NAGB Potcakes Call

Open Call for Works featuring: Potcakes!

Deadline for submission:
Friday, April 2oth

The NAGB is celebrating the Chinese year of the Dog with a call for Potcakes! Would you like to share your experience of observing, owning or knowing a Potcake? Bahamian artists are welcome to submit works in any medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, video, textile, installation and mixed media.

The Royal Bahamain Potcake is a staple of life in The Bahamas. Its presence not only speaks to the fragility of how we care for living things but also the strength and fortitude of these resilient animals who become a part of our lives. For ages, the Potcake has been seen as an icon and signifier of Bahamianness, and even though the word is shared in other Caribbean countries, there is a unique relationship developed between the canine and the wider community. [...]

CLICK HERE for more details at the NAGB website.


Illustration from “Nauticalls, Caerwyn and The Heart of the Sea”.

New Bahamian book offers adventure on the high seas for kids

by Cara Hunt

The amusing antics of her young son are the inspiration behind a new and colourful children’s book by a noted Bahamian literacy advocate.

Beverley Turnquest, who formerly operated The Children’s Place and The Children’s Library, has written and is about to release her first book. “Nauticalls, Caerwyn and The Heart of the Sea”, a whimsical tale of a little boy who takes to the high seas in search of a future career.

“I have always been into books,” said Mrs. Turnquest, who has worked to promote youth literacy in the Bahamas for more than a decade.

She has completed a number of projects, including starting Gliterature, a children’s magazine, “Hooked on Books,” an annual Spring camp which she created to encourage students to enjoyed reading, and publishing the book “Relit – The Great Retelling”. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story on Pg 12 in The Tribune Weekend.


(TOP) Kerry China (b. 1972, Canada) "Detached", 2017, 59 x 59, Acrylic and oil on canvas / (BOTTOM) Janeen Walker (b. 1971, Bahamas) "Too Deep", 2017, 96 x 96, Acrylic and epoxy on wood.

Diversity in
a shared space

The Current Gallery’s Artists-in-Residence show at Baha Mar.
RE:1 will be on view
until March 7th.

by Natascha Vazquez

At the heart of The Current’s programming at Baha Mar is its Artist-in-Residence programme. Artists from a wide array of backgrounds and disciplines have the opportunity to collectively engage their creative process, where a shared studio culture might permeate their practice and inspire growth. Hosting multiple perspectives in a communal space is pivotal in promoting a shift in the way one approaches art-making. The Residency programme, essentially, is a catalyst, trusting that the union of working artists will spark creativity in new and interesting ways.

RE:1 showcases works created in The Current Studio by our first artist residents: Kerry China, Janeen Walker and Sue Katz. The artwork generated from the residency and displayed in RE:1 reflects the nature of working in a shared studio space, where different artistic practices cross paths. With this, the overarching theme of the exhibition is the residency itself.

Each artist was strategically chosen for the programme based on the intention of combing individuals working in a variety of styles and mediums. We also attempt to balance well-established artists with those that are emerging, providing an opportunity for new and upcoming artists to saturate themselves with the experience of a seasoned artist. Diversity is an essential pillar of the residency programme. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story on Pg 20 in The Tribune Weekend.

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Illuminating individuality

by Alesha Cadet

“Don’t fit in, stand out” is the idea behind the homegrown Baha Gala jewellery brand.

For Tenisha Erskin-Carey, founder of Baha Gala, following a trend was never her thing; she always set her own course – an action that led her to create her company offering “unforgettable, intriguing and stunning” jewellery.

A published poet, songwriter, photographer, fashion model, clothing and interior designer, Tenisha said her work on this line embodies “a unique, effervescent, culture fashion”.

Since establishing Baha Gala in 2003, which is located in the Castaways Resort Hotel and Suites in Freeport, she has specialised in hand-crafted pieces made from materials such as shells, seeds corals, turquoise and semi-precious stones, fresh water pearls, and even sand.

“My designs have been crafted to stand alone, and I’m sure you’ll agree that once adored with the breath taking jewellery by Baha Gala you will certainly illuminate a crowd and become your own fashionista,” said Tenisha. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story on Pg 13 in The Tribune Weekend.

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Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells and local Bahamian artisan who recycles old tires into plant holders and other practical items. (BIS Photo/Raymond Bethel, Sr.)

BAIC promotes local artisan entrepreneurs

by Gena Gibbs, BIS

The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) with the theme “Growing, Partnering, Empowering” is laying the groundwork through its Handicraft Development Department to assist Bahamian creative arts business owners to take their products to the world stage. The Corporation aims to position itself as headquarters for educational and technical assistance for artisans to flood the marketplace with products made from their hands.

At an open-house ceremony on Thursday at the Corporation, BAIC Chairman, Michael Foulkes said that as BAIC positions itself as that premier facility for educational and technical assistance where artisans continue to partner with them — efforts are contributing substantially to enhancement of the economy. To the artisans, he said: “I challenge you to do more and reach more.”

Artisans like James Sands and Deirdre Palacious were present to showcase their products and were proud of the support they have received from BAIC. They encouraged others to get involved.[...]

CLICK HERE for full essay at The Bahamas Weekly.

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John Beadle. “Emanon/not known (New Obeah Series)” (1999), mixed media, 18” x 12”. (Dawn Davies Collection)

This has all been said before

Art, racism and
the words of representation

by Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett

I borrow words from Haitian writer and activist Edwidge Danticat to start this piece: “Nou Led, Nou La”, “We are ugly but we are here”, to express the sentiment against the “shithole countries” that have been accused for their suffering by powers that created it. And here we find ourselves again, in the ugliness of a non-racist, historical depiction of people and countries, even while some may be continents, that have been set alight by a history of gun-boat and dollar diplomacy, and representation that shows them to be nothing other than shithole countries with monkeys in the jungle.

Yet in the explanation we see not the underlying irony and the true meaning of paradise hidden in the foundation. This foundation is old and loaded with missiles and policies that were made to whiten Paradise and keep it safe for civilized folk, as Catherine Cocks argues in Tropical Whites (2013). Irony and pain are sewn into every speech that claims to liberate the shitholes, as it deepens and widens the mess that they are in. International policies to make Haiti pay for the Haitian Revolution and too ensure that Africa—the seat of civilization—could always be undermined by Western policies that, as Walter Rodney wrote, under-developed the continent. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at NAGB’s website.


art & culture from the region
and around the world


Remembering Jack Whitten’s
vision and conviction

Whitten, an artist often situated in relation to the legacy of
Abstract Expressionism but whose work ranged far beyond,
died on January 20 at age 78.

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Jack Whitten, “USA Oracle (Assassination of M.L. King)” (1968) (© Jack Whitten, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth)

by John Yau

Jack Whitten, who died this weekend at age 78, cut across a lot of lines in his art and in his life. He was born in Bessemer, Alabama, in 1939, when Jim Crow laws were used to enforce segregation. He heard Martin Luther King Jr. speak in a church in Alabama in 1957, and talked to him briefly, while a freshman at Tuskegee University. He participated in the Civil Rights movement, encountering white-sanctioned anger and rabid incivility. It took courage and determination to do these things. It took more than courage not to become bitter about what happened then or later.

In 1960, Whitten got on a bus and came to New York and studied at Cooper Union, where he was the only black student in his class. During this time, he met Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Barnett Newman, as well as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Norman Lewis. He recognized the importance of being who he was at that moment in time, as he told Kathryn Kanjo in an interview for the catalogue of the 2015 retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting: [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at Hyperallergic.


Artist searches for the lives of the
unknown dead in a Jamaica massacre

Jamaican artist Ebony Patterson raises a litany of questions around the unidentified dead in the 2010 Tivoli Incursion in Kingston.

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“Of 72” by Ebony Patterson (detail view) (all images by the author for Hyperallergic)

by Sarah Rose Sharp

With her mixed-media installation, Of 72, artist Ebony G. Patterson asks a very straightforward question: “What happens when seventy-two men and one woman dies and no one knows who they are?”

Patterson, a native Jamaican, is raising this question in connection to the 2010 “Tivoli Incursion” in Kingston, Jamaica — an armed conflict between the Shower Posse drug cartel and Jamaica’s military and police that resulted in the killing of at least 73 civilians. In the wall text and video outside the installation at University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities Gallery, Patterson adds a litany of other questions that she’s been left with about the victims. They range from the generic type of getting-to-know-you questions that are small-talk fare, to more specific questions of personal preference, lifestyle, and emotions. Most specifically, she wonders about the victims’ potential connection (or lack thereof) to major drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke — the search for whom incited the death of these citizens after the United States requested his extradition from Jamaica. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at Hyperallergic.

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In a performance in Havana in December, the Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara dragged himself through the streets on a pilgrimage to the church of San Lázaro, in the name of democracy and freedom of expression Nonardo Perea; (courtesy of the artist)

Dissident art in Cuba flourishes after Castro’s death

Artist-run spaces and an unofficial biennial resist government pressure.

by Laurie Rojas

The Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara says that he is in exclusive possession of Fidel Castro’s last will and testament. The young Havana-based artist and his partner, the curator Yanelys Nuñez Leyva, presented its contents in a performance at the 13th Hors Pistes festival at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

“The image of Fidel is sacred in Cuba,” Otero Alcántara says. After the Communist leader’s death in November 2016, Cuba’s National Assembly passed a law prohibiting public spaces from being named after him or monuments in his image. The decision followed his dying wish to avoid a cult of personality. But Otero Alcántara says he had a dream in which Castro revealed to him the location of his true final testament. Now the artist wishes to make it public in the hope of reconciling the Cuban nation. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at The Art Newspaper.

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Renée Cox, “The Self Similarity of the Selfie,” (2016) mixed media 76 ½” x 48” x 5”

The Renaissance of Renée Cox

In Soul Culture, Cox is again front and center, but also directs our attention to a cast of colorful characters who include her peers, protégés, and sons Tosh and Ziggy.

by Jonathan M. Square

Renée Cox made her name first as a model, and soon thereafter as a fashion photographer working with fashion glossies including Essence, Glamour, and Seventeen. As a result, her friend Spike Lee asked her to shoot the poster for School Daze which led to her creating album covers for Gang Starr and the Jungle Brothers.

After turning thirty and having her first child, Cox decided that she wanted to leave a more enduring and meaningful legacy and began channeling her creative energy into an artistic career. In the early 1990s, she made a splash in the art world as a provocateur with her larger-than-life artistic personas that were candid explorations of racial and gender politics. During her first pregnancy, Cox controversially bared her soul and nude body as a black Madonna in her mid-90s photograph series titled Yo Mama. Subsequent bodies of work included a photo series of the blaxploitation superhero Raje and of Queen Nanny, which was inspired by the 18th-century, maroon leader and Jamaican national hero. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at Hyperallergic.


Advertisement for Julia Pastrana, the “Nondescript” (via Wellcome Collection)

Artist repatriates body of an indigenous Mexican woman exhibited as a “freak”

A new book, “The Eye of the Beholder: Julia Pastrana’s Long Journey Home,” chronicles how artist Laura Anderson Barbata led the repatriation and burial of Julia Pastrana, a 19th-century indigenous Mexican woman exhibited in life and death for her excessive hair.

by Allison Meier

Advertisements declared her the “Ape Woman” or the “Nondescript,” a creature that could not be described. Doctors declared her a human and orangutan hybrid, and her talent at dance and song were displayed as a contrast to her seemingly unfeminine appearance. Julia Pastrana was an indigenous Mexican woman treated as a spectacle in life, and death. When she died in 1860 following a difficult childbirth, both she and her infant son were embalmed. Up until the 1970s, there are records of them exhibited as carnival curiosities in the United States and Europe. She then became part of the Schreiner Collection in the University of Oslo’s anatomy department.

“Upon hearing her story, I felt that my duty as a Mexican female artist, and as a human being, was to do everything possible to have Pastrana removed from the anatomy collection and returned to Mexico, her place of birth — where she was at the time practically unknown — to receive a proper burial,” artist Laura Anderson Barbata told Hyperallergic. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at Hyperallergic.

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Installation view of Wake Up in Glory by Elizabeth Catlett at Burning in water (©Burning in Water)

Revisiting Elizabeth Catlett’s legacy in 12 powerful sculptures

An exhibition at Burning in Water remembers Catlett’s long and remarkable career in sculpting the female form.

by Robin Scher

The formidable sculptor Elizabeth Catlett is having her first solo exhibition in New York City since her debut at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1971. The show, at Burning in Water, is aptly titled Waking Up in Glory.

Catlett, who died at the age of 96 in 2012, had an impressive and successful six-decade career. But while her work has been exhibited at major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, her art is only beginning to receive the deeper attention it deserves. Most recently, you might have seen Catlett’s sculpture of a raised fist, “Homage to my Black Sisters,” appear as the signature work for the Black Radical Women exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

Catlett began sculpting her distinct feminine forms out of bronze, wood, and marble when she enrolled at Howard University in the 1930s. At the time, European modernism was the style of the day, which Catlett incorporated into her practice, combining it with an attendant interest in traditional forms of African art. Following her graduation from Howard, she was resolute in pursuing a career in art, and was accepted into a graduate program at the University of Iowa. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Hyperallergic.

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Peggy Guggenheim at the Palazzo Venier Dei Leoni, Venice, Italy, 1978 Staley-Wise Gallery (Photo: Slim Aarons)

The four tribes of Art Collectors

by Evan Beard

The most enjoyable part of leading the art division of a private bank is working with the great characters of the art market. In my experience, serious collectors tend to fall into one of four “tribes,” each with their own behaviors, insecurities, strengths, and motivations for seeking, acquiring, and appreciating art. You may recognize them wandering the fairs or waving their paddles at auctions; others tend to collect more discreetly, known mostly by the dealers who feed their obsessions. Below are the tribes I’ve known.

The Enterprising Collector
This is the tribe most tethered to the dynamism, quarrels, gossip, lawsuits, information, misinformation, fads, and rumors of the contemporary art market. Unlike the connoisseur or trophy-hunter (discussed below), enterprise collectors are wide open to the new and experimental. With roots in the Medici tradition of ecclesiastical patronage, these collectors are engaged in a kind of moral combat to identify and elevate the art that will matter. They believe that art history is just too important to be left to art historians. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Artsy.


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