Black models: from Géricault to Matisse

The morning of March 28th I saw one of the most inspiring shows of my art history tenure. Entitled “Black models: from Géricault to Matisse”, the exhibition highlighted the major contributions of black people and personalities in art history.

The exhibition is based on Denise Murrell’s 2013 dissertation for Columbia University’s department of art history and archaeology, as is the Posing Modernity catalog, co-published by Yale University Press. It debuted in NYC at the Wallach Art Gallery in from October 24, 2018 to February 10, 2019, where Murrell, Ph.D., served as curator of the exhibition in New York and is the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University.

The curators for the Paris exhibition are Cécile Debray, Director of the Musée de l’Orangerie, Stéphane Guégan, scientific advisor to the President of the Musées d’Orsay and Orangerie, Denise Murrell, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, Isolde Pludermacher and Edouard Papet, curators at the Musée d’Orsay.

Please enjoy some of the works from the show below:

 

Please visit the exhibition through July 21, 2019.

METRO Show 2014

Last week I attended the opening for METRO Show 2014, which is an art fair that displays work from galleries whose work mainly focuses on American folk art, pre colonization art (labeled by some galleries as indigenous art), and the decorative arts. While I would love to see a more diverse perspective and collection of artists and images present within the fair, I do have some highlights I would love to share with you all.

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Bill Rauhauser, Woman on Bus, #4/7 C. 1955-1960, Pigment print, archival paper, Hill Gallery.

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Bill Rauhauser, Young Woman at Lamp Post, #3/7 C. 1960s, Pigment print, archival paper, Hill Gallery.

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Romare Bearden, Sunrise-The China Lamp, 1985. Collage on Board. Jerald Melberg Gallery.

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Romare Bearden, Ulysses, 1940. Ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper. Jerald Melberg Gallery.

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Romare Bearden, Untitled, C. 1966-70. Collage mounted on panel. Jerald Melberg Gallery.

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Left: Robert Motherwell, Open Forms (from the Joyce Sketchbook), 1985. Ink and China Marker on Paper. Jerald Melberg Gallery.
Right: Robert Motherwell, Untitled (from the Joyce Sketchbook), 1985. Ink and China Marker on Paper. Jerald Melberg Gallery.

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Robert Motherwell, Untitled (from the Joyce Sketchbook), 1985. Ink and China Marker on Paper. Jerald Melberg Gallery.