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There was so much good stuff in today’s paper, I couldn’t cover it all.  So I’ll start with telling you about some articles I didn’t have time to read this morning, but you definitely should take the time to read later.

T Magazine finally came and it didn’t disappoint.

Once Overlooked, Black Abstract Painters Are Finally Given Their Due

A story on Black abstract artists. Howardena Pindell photographed in her studio.

Rashid Johnson photographed in his studio

Black representational work has been getting a lot of attention lately, many argue, to the detriment of Black abstract art.  

This article shines a light on key Black artists in history, choosing to render the figure or choosing not to and what that means to the artist as well as it how it is perceived by the larger art world

The 19th-Century Church One Artist Calls Home

Artist Angel Otero who just bought an old church in a city called Malden-on-Hudson, NY.  

The church space, why he bought it, how it might inform his work. 

For Spring, Protective Layers That Are as Vivid as They Are Joyful

Photographer Rafael Pavarotti delivers a powerful and vibrant fashion spread in this issue of T Magazine. Pavarotti was born in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest in 1993. 

His earliest photographs were made in collaboration with his young friends, shot along the beaches and around the abandoned buildings 

At 16, Pavarotti left his remote hometown, committed to establishing a professional practice in the urban centers of fashion and media.

Pavarotti’s collaborations with British-Gambian fashion editor Ibrahim Kamara are among the most novel and celebrated visualizations of fashion in recent memory. 

Pavarotti is passionate about addressing the imbalance of Black representation in fashion and broader historical narratives. 

Now, to the paper.

The Essential Octavia Butler

Any science fiction lover worth their salt, knows Octavia Butler’s work.  Many science fiction writers include her name among their inspirations, especially black science fiction writers.

Octavia Butler was the first science fiction writer to win the MacArthur Genius Award in 1995. She was inducted into the science fiction hall of fame in 2010

She wrote 14 books. 

The New York Times book review provides a primer on Octavia Butler’s work and a guide on where to start if you want to dive into her work.

Her most famous work, Kindred written in 1979, is  at the top of the list.  

If you have a short attention span like me, I’m going to start with a collection of her short stories, Book Child, published in 1995

Henry Louis Gates Jr. on African-American Religion

Review of the 304 page book by the historian, Henry Louis Gates.  

Accompanies the PBS series, a four-hour series, split into two episodes

Already aired in Atlanta on 2/8 and 2/16 but it is streaming online and in other markets around the country.

Lorraine O’Grady, At 86, She’s Still Cutting the Culture

An overview of the life and work of performance artist, Lorraine O’Grady. We were joined by journalist, Siddhartha Mitter, who wrote the article for The New York Times. He spent several minutes sharing what he learned about the artist and providing additional context to the artist’s work and point of view that couldn’t fit in the story.

The article describes her work as at the “intersection of feminism, conceptualism and black art.”

Grady has an exhibition that opens on March 5 at the Brooklyn’s Sackler Center for Feminist art it is called “both and and” it opens on March 5 she also has a book that came out this last November on Duke University press. Writing in Space is an anthology of her essays and interviews spanning her 40 year career.

The exhibition opening at the Brooklyn museum was curated by Catherine Morris who is a senior curator at the Sackler Center and art historian Aruna D’Souza.

This is the first ever retrospective of Lorraine O’Grady’s work.

Posted by:Alex Delotch Davis

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