Black artists have been at the helm of innumerable cultural movements including music, film, and especially, style. From streetwear innovators to sartorial-leaning tastemakers, master jeans makers to avant-garde thinkers, Black designers have been driving the culture, shaping the future, and paving the way for the next generation.
In the wake of protestors bashing in large numbers of glass storefronts in Allentown, one artist is speaking up with his paint, and his words. His name is Baron Frankenstein, and he’s the guy who, armed with paint, is beautifying Allentown’s boarded up windows, one storefront at a time.
Days after George Floyd was killed by the police, the University of Minnesota severed its ties with the Minnesota Police Department (MPD). Two of the city’s leading arts institutions, the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Museum of American Art, followed suit.
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist that lived most of her life and physical pain, yet she continued to paint until her death, her artwork records her suffering and experiences as a woman. She was born to a Mexican mother and a German father.
REPRESENTING THE SORROW of generations, Titus Kaphar painted a black mother for the cover of Time magazine. Her eyes are closed in anguish. She holds her young son, but he is not there. The artist has cut the child from the canvas. All that remains is an empty silhouette.
Now, more than ever, the many voices of black experience need to be heard. And art institutions are increasingly recognising the indomitable influence of black artists with large scale exhibitions that attract international audiences.