Smith & Benjamin’s ‘BAHAMIAN ART & CULTURE’ Issue No. 326 Sharing Art & Cultural News of The Bahamas for 17 Years • • • • CLICK HERE to see onli


Smith & Benjamin’s
Issue No. 326

Sharing Art & Cultural News
of The Bahamas for 17 Years

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CLICK HERE to see online version.

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“Red Scream” by Italian photographer Alessandro Sarno
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This photograph is featured in a new photography book by Sarno
entitled “Junkanoo – The Spirit of a People” which is set to launch
this Tuesday, December 12th at John Watlings Distillery at 6pm.


Friday, December 8th, 2017


what’s happening
this weekend...


D A N C E :

Dance Bahamas School presents:
Christmas Above the Clouds

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 8th-9th
At 8pm | Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts

Come on out for an evening with the students of Dance Bahamas School, the official school of the National Dance Company, directed by Robert J. Bain II. Tickets are $15 for children and $20 for adults. For more information, call 328-7588, 698-3993, or 677-JAZZ.

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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!


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!


coming up next week...

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C O N C E R T :

The Bahamas National Youth Choir:
9th Annual Christmas Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 12
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.

CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.


A R T / E X H I B I T I O N :

“Medium: Practices and Routes of
Spirituality and Mysticism”

Thursday, December 14th, 2017 | At 6pm
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, West Hill Street, Nassau

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Rembrandt Taylor, "Defender of the Faith", Acrylic on Canvas, 49 x 36, 2001. (Image courtesy of the Dawn Davies Collection)

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to the opening of the exhibition “Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism”, on Thursday, December 14th starting at 6 p.m. Guests are asked to gather on West Hill Street to participate in the opening of our magnificent new entrance gates created by Bahamian metalsmith Tyrone Ferguson. The assembly will proceed to the unfolding NAGB Amphitheater to hear the festive sounds of Rhythm ‘n’ Youth Rake ‘n’ Scrape Band and drinks sponsored by our neighbours Bahama Barrels by Graycliff and John Watlings, continuing into the evening with smooth holiday vibes provided by Adrian D’Aguilar and friends.

Participating artists include: Carl Abrahams, Dionne Benjamin-Smith, Shashla Bethune, Lillian Blades, Wellington Bridgewater, Jackson Burnside, Stan Burnside, John Cox, Amos Ferguson, Kendal Hanna, Marlon Hunt, Erica M. James, Eric Jean Louis, Brent Malone, Tony McKay, Jace McKinney, Jeffrey Meris, Susan Moir MacKay, Samantha Moree, Lavar Munroe, Antonius Roberts, Angelo Roker, Heino Schmid, Steven Schmid, Dave Smith, Tavares Strachan, Clive Stuart, Maxwell Taylor, Rembrandt Taylor, Kareem Williams, Averia Wright. With a special installation by Netica “Nettie” Symonette and new works by Allan P. Wallace.

CLICK HERE for exhibition’s Facebook event page.


A R T I S T S’ / T A L K :

Shepherding Courage

Friday, December 15th, 2017 | At 6 p.m.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, West Hill Street

Medium ArtistsTalk Sq

On Friday, December 15th, starting at 6 p.m. The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites the general public to the first artists’ talk and gallery walk for our new exhibition “Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism,” which is on view through March 11th, 2018.

To be creative takes courage and to deal with faith in your practice requires a double dose of courage. Even though The Bahamas is largely a conservative Christian community, within the local creative community there are certain stigmas attached to work that deals with religion, spirituality and the varied ways that these are practiced, in addition to a more intuitive understanding of creative practice and its alignment with higher callings and powers.

We will be joined by Bahamian artists Dionne Benjamin-Smith, Jace McKinney, Samantha Moree and Allan P. Wallace. They will take us through their relationship to faith, and how they have been able to navigate society’s hardness while keeping the spirit of their practices alive and thriving.

Following the conversation, Katrina Cartwright, NAGB’s Education Officer will guide a walkthrough with the artists to speak about the works presented in “Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism”. The event is free and open to the public.

CLICK HERE for exhibition’s Facebook event page.


A R T / E X H I B I T I O N :

Unleashed Creativity Art Exhibition

Saturday, December 16th, 2017 | 3pm–7:30pm
Equity Trust House | Caves Village, Nassau


Ceramic bowl by Bahamian artist Imogene Walkine.

Inspired by the rich experience of their first joint art exhibition that took place last year at Equity Trust House, the artists and organizers of “Unleashed Creativity”, Sophie McCaroll and Kevin Cooper, decided to share the platform with other artists in the second iteration of this art show.

The vision of the show is to create a strong representation of eleven professional artists in The Bahamas who are all very diverse and competent in their chosen media and subject matter as well as to offer an opportunity to artists to have an audience for their creations and expressions.


When this vision was shared with the Cassar family of Equity Trust House, it was met with ready acceptance and warmth whereby they, once again, offered their space to celebrate the visual arts in The Bahamas.

The range of media and subject matter spans canvases of seagrape leaves by Sophie McCaroll, to the alive, free and colorful paintings of Kevin Cooper to the gestural abstract paintings of Toby Lunn, to the gracefully organic ceramic sculptures of Imogene Walkine and on and on. The show indeed promises a variety of creative stimuli for all art lovers/supporters as well as those that are just beginning their journey into Bahamian art.

The exhibition takes place on Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at Caves Trust House, in The Caves Village from 3pm to 7:30 pm.

CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.


C O N C E R T :

The Bahamas National Youth Orchestra:
22nd Annual Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 16th | At 7:30 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Parish Centre | Boyd Road

Under the the theme of “Celebrating Life at Christmas with the Orchestra”, The Bahamas National Youth Orchestra presents its 22nd Annual Christmas Concert Saturday, December 16th at 7:30pm at St. Joseph’s Parish Centre on Boyd Road. Guest artists include Allison Mason-Rolle, Megan Smith, Keith Hall, and Jermia Munroe. Tickets are $25.


art & culture news
from the bahamas

Junkanoo Book Cover

New Junkanoo coffee table book to be launched

“Junkanoo –
The Spirit of a People”

“I still vividly remember the energy and rhythm that pervaded me. It was so exciting to see all the people in costumes, dancing, drumming, making music and shaking their cowbells. If I had to pick one single thing that I like best about Junkanoo, I’d say the cowbells.”Alessandro Sarno, The Lonesome Photographer

On this coming Tuesday, December 12, Sarno will officially launch his book, Junkanoo - The Spirit of a People, at John Watlings Distillery at 6pm. The book is a collection of original photographs that Sarno captured during the 2015 and 2016 Junkanoo parades in Nassau.

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Sarno, a native Italian who fell in love with The Bahamas since his first visit in 2008, explained, “In putting together this coffee table book, I do not pretend to be an expert on Junkanoo or its history. This book is my humble salute to the artistry and vibrant energy of the Bahamian people as experienced during these parades. It is my hope that more of my fellow Italians, as well as international visitors around the world, will see these images and be encouraged to come visit The Bahamas to delight in this very special aspect of Bahamian culture.”

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The book is being launched in partnership with The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and will feature a Junkanoo Rush Out and Rake and Scrape band. The photographer promises a fusion of Junkanoo, Jazz and Rake and Scrape and will also have music by the legendary Chippie Chipman and Jazz by Adrian D’Aguilar and the Jazz Cats.

In addition to the photographs, the book features quotes from Bahamian friends, acquaintances, and people the photographer briefly met along the way.

“I asked them two simple questions: ‘What does Junkanoo mean to you?’ and, ‘Do you have any favourite memory of Junkanoo?’ According to Sarno, the answers hold a variety of perspectives as well as shared moments of enthusiasm and personal connection to this unique cultural celebration.

CLICK HERE for Facebook event page.
CLICK HERE to visit The Lonesome Photographer’s website.


Legendary Jamaican actress and singer Grace Jones.

Grace Jones in The Bahamas to screen film and receive BIFF Award

Grace Jones, another
BIFF ‘Women in Film’
2017 Honouree

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that iconic Jamaican actress, singer, songwriter, supermodel, and record producer Grace Jones, 69, will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year’s Film Festival, taking place December 10-17. Jones will be in attendance at the upcoming Film Festival to screen her latest movie for Bahamians as well as to receive the Film Festival’s most prestigious symbol of recognition – the Career Achievement Award.


Awarded in appreciation of the lifetime achievements of an actor, BIFF’s Career Achievement Award will be bestowed to Jones on the evening of Friday, December 15th at The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort,on Paradise Island. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.

In addition to receiving BIFF’s Career Achievement Award, Jones will present her latest film, “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” – the acclaimed documentary from director Sophie Fiennes.

Said Vanderpool, “Grace’s trademark charisma has fueled memorable performances for decades, but in watching her amazing body of work, the depth of her performances is unmistakable and equally as memorable. Having Grace in The Bahamas to receive the Career Achievement Award and present the highly acclaimed ‘Bloodlight and Bami’ is a huge honor for the festival and the audiences who will share in the experience. Grace is a legend, an icon and we are extremely thrilled to recognize her amazing career at the Bahamas International Film Festival.”

Filmed over the course of a decade, the documentary, “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami”, offers a stylish and unconventional look at the Jamaican-born model, singer, and New Wave icon. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story in The Tribune.
CLICK HERE for the film schedule at BIFF website.

Lavar Munroe Of the Omens..

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.)

Prospect New Orleans Art Triennial: Bahamian and Caribbean artists celebrated

by Amanda Coulson

On November 16th-19th, 2017, hundreds of artists, curators, collectors and other art advocates, descended on New Orleans for “Prospect”, its citywide art triennial, now in its fourth edition and currently subtitled “The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp,” curated by Trevor Schoonmaker (Chief Curator at Duke’s Nasher Museum). Founded after Hurricane Katrina, Prospect New Orleans was the brainchild of curator Dan Cameron, a self-confessed “Nola-phile” who had been invited to a public meeting about the role of artists in rebuilding their ravaged city. Having curated other international art events—in Taipei and Istanbul—and having seen first-hand the economic benefits that such happenings bring to their host cities, Cameron felt New Orleans was ripe for its own regenerative art project.

Like similar cultural events—the Venice Biennale being the mother of them all—Prospect invites contemporary artists from all over the world to participate, exhibiting in both traditional venues—such as local museums and galleries—but also public spaces and other unexpected sites, where everyday folk might stumble across art interventions they might otherwise not engage with. Aside from its impact on cultural tourism, with tens of thousands of people traveling to the city just for the event, its larger effect has been how artists have embraced the triennial’s social mission in creating projects that connect to the city’s history, culture, people, and institutions. Prospect, in fact, prides itself on facilitating the connection between “high art” and the deeper cultural landscape of the city itself, with its rich and diverse traditions of music, Mardi Gras Indians, second line parades, and other popular cultural forms, many of which are reminiscent of our Junkanoo, Goombay, Rake ‘n’ Scrape and so on. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at the NAGB website.


CEO of The Whole Woman Network, Regina Whylly.

New Bahamian woman-centric television station
to be launched

The Whole Woman Network, a leading media entity in The Bahamas, is launching their new online television station on 11th December, 2017.

CEO Regina Whylly believes that this launch will greatly impact media in the country because it will now make it possible for persons to view television from their computers as well as any of their mobile devices. This platform will also make it cost effective for businesses to have their products and services placed before thousands of persons at a more cost effective price point.

The CEO of The Whole Woman Network is no stranger to the field of media. Whylly, as a reporter for one of the leading newspapers in the country, wrote for five different sections each week. She was also the Executive Producer of her own television show called ‘The Whole Woman’ that aired on ZNS Channel 11. She was also the first individual to have her own radio show on the leading gospel station Joy 101.9 FM and she was the creator of a magazine supplement distributed by The Tribune newspaper.

The Whole Woman Network is an online television station that will air programs that are produced by an in-house production team. The first show out the door is ‘Shoppers Delight’, a show that goes into business establishments and showcases their products and services. The next program is ‘Phenomenal Women’ which will showcase the talents and abilities of women in our country. The station and its programming will be supported by commercials, sponsorship and advertisements.

Never one to keep advancement and growth for herself, Regina stated, “This media platform is one that will be used to allow other local producers the opportunity to have their shows placed on the station, thereby creating a financial platform for these individuals”.

To advertise on The Whole Woman Network, contact them at 1-242-449-0894 or visit them at their website below.

CLICK HERE to visit the The Whole Woman network.

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"The Market Wharf" by Edison Godfrey Rolfe, is part of the exhibit to come to the Elliott Museum, starting Dec. 15. (Photo: NAGB)

“Celebrate: Art of The Bahamas” headed to Florida Museum

by Jackie Holfelder

Celebrate: Art of The Bahamas will open at the Elliott Museum on Dec. 15.

This first-time collaboration between the Elliott Museum and The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, the D’Aguilar Foundation and the Dawn Davies Collection will run through Feb. 25, 2018.

You’ll see paintings dating from the late 1800s to the present, with an emphasis on art created by Bahamians after 1960s. You’ll also see work by South Florida artists who painted the islands, including Howard Schafer, Jerry Rose and Stephen Scott Young.

The exhibition is in collaboration with the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, the Dawn Davies Collection and the D’Aguilar Foundation and is sponsored by Jean Schafer Cox, Lucy Hoop and others.

The compelling and unique exhibit opens with a kickoff party on December 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $5 per person and you’ll enjoy a cash bar and free munchies. RSVP at 772-225-1961 or

The Elliott Museum, 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission is $14 per person for adults; $12 for seniors over 65, $6 for children 6-12 years; children under 6 and members are free. Groups of 10 or more who plan to visit Celebrate: Art of The Bahamas should email Al Simbritz at

CLICK HERE to visit Museum’s website.

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BIFF announces Baha Mar as official venue for its 2017 Nassau events

Grand Hyatt & SLS Baha Mar Hotels will serve as event site for BIFF screenings, talks and other programming.

The prestigious Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), now entering its 14th edition, will be held at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and SLS Baha Mar hotels, the hottest new resort properties in The Bahamas. The announcement was made today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director, Leslie Vanderpool.

“Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and SLS Baha Mar are exceptional locations that have everything a major film festival needs – beautifully designed spaces, a wide variety of dining options and a dynamic ambiance. We’re so excited to call Baha Mar our home for BIFF 2017 and we know that the filmmakers, talent and all festival guests will share in this excitement. We deeply appreciate the generosity and professionalism exhibited by the Baha Mar teams,” said Vanderpool.

Films will be screened at the 200,000 square foot Baha Mar Convention Center and SLS Baha Mar. In addition to the film screenings, SLS Baha Mar will host a special youth section in its ballroom. Star-studded events and award shows, multiple panel discussions with celebrities, filmmakers and movie industry leaders as well as other special festival events will be held at both Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and SLS Baha Mar event spaces. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at The Bahamas Weekly.
CLICK HERE to visit the BIFF website.

Tony McKay Painting

Tony McKay a.k.a Exuma. “The Stars (Signs of the Zodiac), oil on Canvas, no date. McKay’s work will be featured in the upcoming exhibition “Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism” on view at the NAGB from December 14th. (Image courtesy of the D’Aguilar Art Foundation)

Sitting with the Dead

“Medium” a show of Bahamian religion and spirituality.

by Dr. Ian Bethell-Bennett

Tie a black piece of cotton around the child’s wrist, Don’t walk outside at night without covering the child’s head, Be careful how you come into the house at night, Wipe your feet off well. Cover the mirrors with cloth, Open the house if the coffin comes by, let the spirit travel through, Rosemary helps keep away bad-minded things...

To our mind, these are all local lore. To many, these are discredited as they are lumped together with Obeah and dismissed as ‘evil, black, Dark and African.’ Our double-consciousness denies the survival or the importance of such cultural elements as Asue, Lodges, Burial Societies, Friendly Societies, all of which allowed our spiritual and physical survival during and after slavery.

Pure spirituality is being smashed by an all consuming globalization of ideas and cultures that over washes all uniqueness, but perhaps this too is temporary, as Kirkley C. Sands intimates in his book on Early Bahamian Slave Spirituality: The Genesis of Cultural Identity (2008). While Patricia Glinton-Meicholas’ An Evening in Guanima: A Treasury of Folktales from The Bahamas (1994), for example, illustrates some aspects of Bahamian lore and spirituality, there has been no significant project work done on Bahamian spirituality, perhaps because it crosscuts so much of Bahamian life and creative expression, though we do not see it. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full article at the NAGB website.

Jace McKinney Trumped

“Trumped” (2013), by Jace McKinney. Mixed Media on Wood, 24” x 48”. Image courtesy of the Dawn Davies Collection. “Trumped” will be one of several works by McKinney highlighted in the upcoming exhibition “Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism”.

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Bahamian artist Jace McKinney.

Golden Touch and Go

Jace McKinney’s imagines golden kings and living dangerously in “Trumped” (2013)

by Natalie Willis

Ours is a region filled with spirituality, mysticism, myth, and the ghosts of these things and our histories still to this day haunt us. As an artist dealing often very explicitly with his faith—in the divine, in this place we call home, in these people who we feel such pride in and who equally send us out of our minds—Jace McKinney tackles questions of identity, being, and masculinity in “Trumped” (2013). Far from a commentary on the current, infamous US President, “Trumped” (2013) deals with the game of life, playing hard-and-fast, and who truly holds the ‘trump’ card in the deck.

The genesis of this work has unexpected origins as a serendipitous image taken after the first lap of New Year’s Day 2011 Junkanoo celebrations. A couple lie together, sleeping, the man encircled in his partner’s arms and the pair of them are spent from performing. McKinney was a Junkanoo photographer at the time and took the image unsure of when he might use it. He paints through visions as inspirations, seeing the painting come together before committing it to canvas. It would be another two years before this image took on a life very different from the moment it was taken - though the exhaustion inherent would become the tying thread. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full article at the NAGB website.


Acclaimed drama “Mudbound” to close 2017 BIFF

BIFF closes with one of the hottest films of the year. Last year’s Closing Night film (“Moonlight”) went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Picture; just as “The King’s Speech” did a few years earlier. Will the same happen for “Mudbound”?

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), announced that Netflix’s highly acclaimed drama “Mudbound”, directed by Dee Rees, will be the official Closing Night film at this year’s festival, which takes place December 10-17. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.

Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta.

“Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan and Mary J. Blige), sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations, struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at
CLICK HERE to view film trailer.


art from the region
and beyond

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Lubaina Himid described her Turner Prize win as "a complete shock". (PA/Danny Lawson)

Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize for ‘uncompromising’ approach to race relations

At 63, she is the oldest artist to receive the Tate's prestigious £25,000 award.

by Hannah McGivern

Lubaina Himid has become the oldest artist ever to win the Tate’s Turner Prize, at the age of 63. The DJ and musician Goldie presented this year’s £25,000 award at a ceremony in Hull last night (5 December)—the first since the museum did away with the upper age limit of 50 for shortlisted artists (in place since 1991). Himid was chosen ahead of Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner and Rosalind Nashashibi, who each took home £5,000.

“This year we opened the prize up to artists of all ages, recognising that breakthroughs can happen at any point in an artistic career,” said the Tate’s director, Maria Balshaw. Established in 1984, the annual award is aimed at UK-based artists who have had an outstanding exhibition in the previous year. In her acceptance speech, Himid thanked her supporters during the “wilderness years” and described her win as “a complete shock”. In 2017 Himid had solo shows at Modern Art Oxford and Spike Island in Bristol and participated in Nottingham Contemporary’s The Place is Here survey of 1980s black artists. She has only recently been represented by a gallery, Hollybush Gardens, which also represents Büttner. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in The Art Newspaper.

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Works by Christina Nicola will be on view at Art Africa.

Black Arts Organizations bring Basel fanfare to Miami’s urban core

by Taylor Estape

This year, Art Basel’s show at the Miami Beach Convention Center will charge $60 for a single day’s admission. For residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, that’s a small price to pay for access to an international cross section of contemporary art. For the gallerists, curators, and private collectors traveling to the show from all over the world, it’s pocket change. But for many others in Miami, the price is prohibitive.

It’s no secret that the areas already inundated with tourists and cultural centers are the areas that attract behemoths such as Art Basel. Some would argue the financial benefits of events such as Basel are necessary for these areas to continue to exist. But ultraluxe, high-profile events — like, say, an exclusive art fair — split Miami into two cities. One is globally visible and widely represented; the other is routinely kept out of sight, except as a footnote in history.

Several organizations for the past six years have been working to combat this division, particularly within the framework of Basel season. In 2011, Art Africa began to carve out space for art and culture in Overtown. Two years later, Prizm Art Fair began curating African and African diasporic art that addressed both local and global gaps in the art market. In 2014, the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE) began to pop up in underserved neighborhoods in order to engage residents with the work of black and brown artists. Their tagline became “#OtherSideOfTheBridge”, in reference to the monopoly that areas such as Miami Beach had on drawing an audience for arts events. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in The Miami New Times.

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Installation view of Edward Tyler Nahem’s booth at Art Basel in Miami Beach, 2017. (Photo by Alain Almiñana for Artsy.)

The 15 best booths at Art Basel in Miami Beach

by Molly Gottschalk and Scott Indrisek

The 16th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach opened its doors to VIPs on Wednesday. This year, the fair sees 268 galleries from over 30 countries spread across the newly renovated ground floor of the Miami Beach Convention Center (exterior renovations are still in progress). This offers 10 percent more exhibition space than in the past but also means a completely redrawn floor plan—no gallery is in the same place it has exhibited from before.

From a 30-foot-long Robert Rauschenberg that crowns Edward Tyler Nahem’s booth to Eva Presenhuber’s stunning presentation that entirely eschews traditional booth walls and 20 galleries brand new to Art Basel’s Miami fair, there’s an exceptional amount to take in. All this amidst the art world’s busiest week, which sees the opening of the ICA Miami’s permanent building, reopening of the Bass Museum, and some 20 further art fairs spread across the city. Need help making the most of your time at Art Basel in Miami Beach? Below are the 15 booths you won’t want to miss. [...]

CLICK HERE for full list at


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