Monday, November 30, 2015

Black artists and their march into the America's art museums

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Rany Kennedy
An undated portrait of the artist Norman Lewis, who died in 1979.
After decades of spotty acquisitions, undernourished scholarship and token exhibitions, American museums are rewriting the history of 20th-century art to include black artists in a more visible and meaningful way than ever before, playing historical catch-up at full tilt, followed by collectors who are rushing to find the most significant works before they are out of reach. The shift is part of a broader revolution underway in museums and academia to move the canon past a narrow, Eurocentric, predominantly male version of Modernism, bringing in work from around the world and more work by women. [link]