contemporary black women artists

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My brand is finally here!! I make art and apparel designed to celebrate, empower, and uplift women of color from all walks of life. Please help support my movement. Tell all your friends, tell them to tell their friends!! Help me share it with the world, we deserve to take up space, and be loved and celebrated everyday!! Shop here.

Shirin Neshat, Zarin from Women Without Men, 2005

A highlight from The Andy Warhol Museum sale, which features works by artists responding to the Pop artist’s creative legacy.

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Carrie Mae Weems (American, born 1953), Untitled, from the series Kitchen Table, 1990, gelatin silver prints, Gift of the Contemporary Art Council, © artist or other rights holder, 94.19a-c

This work is not currently on view.

“This body of work was inspired in part by the influential essay ”Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema“ (1975) by the critic Laura Mulvey, which addressed the lack of nonobjectified representations of women in film and other cultural expressions. Like Family Pictures and Stories, the series offers a valid portrait of an often overlooked subject, in this case, a modern black woman, "the other of the other.” The images trace a period in the woman’s life as she experiences the blossoming, then loss, of love, the responsibilities of motherhood, and the desire to be an engaged and contributing member of her community. The protagonist is Weems herself - a practice that will continue throughout the next decades of her career. The role of words has become more prominent with fourteen stand-alone text panels that relay the at times rocky narrative. Near the end, the woman stands alone, strong and self-reliant, looking directly at the viewer, her arms squarely planted on her kitchen table, where the entire story has unfolded under a light of interrogation. Although Kitchen Table Series depicts a black subject and is loosely related to her own experiences, Weems strives for it to reflect the experiences of Everywoman and to resonate across racial and class boundaries.“  

Kathryn E. Delmez, edit.,Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video (New Haven, Yale University Press, 2012), 76.

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Hey Tumblr!! This is some of my artwork, dedicated to celebrating diversity, and showcasing positive representation for women of color everywhere! If you like what you see, please share my ladies, and support me by checking out my shop and treating yourself to my store merchandise. Little Ms. Aprill celebrates YOU everyday!!!

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FIRST KISS: a film by Tatia Pilieva

What a weirdly beautiful concept: pairs of strangers meeting for the first time, and then sharing a passionate kiss. It’s a moment that should be quite awkward for an outside viewer, and yet there is something about the sweet introductory conversations that makes this video highly compelling to watch. Anyone else really want to kiss a stranger right now?!

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Art. Sonya Clark.  'The Hair Craft Project.’

In “The Hair Craft Project” artist Sonya Clark highlights the work of 12 hairstylists from the Richmond, Virginia area.  Portraits of each stylist’s work feature prominently in the project’s installation. They were also each given individual silk woven canvases to work with, in order to craft original hairstyles using thread.   

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Mirror Mirror on the wall, who’s the Most Flawless of Them all?

That would be all the cute babes with these adorable pocket mirrors. Treat yourself, and stay looking your best. ♡.Shop Here.♡

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Art. Naomi Moyer Pays Tribute to the Black Canadian Women Who Paved the Way.


“When reading about Black (her)history in Canada, it is very one dimensional.  There is often an obsession with violence and enslavement, or it tends to highlight how Black people ‘made it’ in a white settler/colonial society with a focus on Black people in sports, the military, the war, government positions or other positions of power.  Black women are often underrepresented in these stories.”

An Economy of Grace was the first series by Kehinde Wiley entirely dedicated to the female figure,and it takes up many of the signature themes of his work:dark, urban bodies in the poses of several premodern European paintings and set against a flourishing, highly decorative background.

The series maintains all the hallmarks of a body of work celebrated for its keen understanding of both art history and contemporary street culture, their combination a global phenomenon played out on Wiley’s World Stage.

It is as transglobal as it is diachronic; it is as saturated with true beauty and glamour as it is postured and theatrical. It is realness with a twist.Yet several key differences mark this project from the majority of those that precede it.” 

–Naomi Beckwith of mcachicago​ 

As part of #targetfirstsaturday celebrating #kehindewiley, we will be screening pbsarts​’s documentary on this project. Join us at 7pm for the screening of Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace  and learn more about this recent development in the artist’s career.