In the last few years in museums and galleries across the nation, figurative portraiture by Black American artists has been enjoying a renaissance and long overdue attention from curators, academicians,
In the last few years in museums and galleries across the nation, figurative portraiture by Black American artists has been enjoying a renaissance and long overdue attention from curators, academicians, and collectors. Kansas City is not absent in this renaissance, and one of the artists we can thank for that is gifted painter Kwanza Humphrey.
“Audacity: The March to Women’s Rights,” an exhibit at the Kansas City Kansas Community College Art Gallery, is part of a citywide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment: Women’s Right to Vote. Upon entering, viewers immediately see a banner centrally suspended within the gallery bearing the word “Breathe” incised in thin script […]
By now, looking at art exclusively online has us all a little bleary-eyed. A welcome solution is well-known Kansas City artist Jim Woodfill’s exhibit “Code Practice: Certain Objects and Certain Systems,” presented by Joseph Nease Gallery, which was founded in Kansas City, but is now located in Duluth, where Nease continues to represent many Kansas […]
Elias Sime has a lot to say in word, deed and the art that he makes. The artist, born in 1968, is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His first major museum survey show, “Tightrope,” is now at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, where it is available to view virtually until the museum deems it safe to reopen.
Given the miseries of the current summer, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art gallery’s exhibit of new work by Hung Liu, Anne Austin Pearce, and Mary Ann Strandell is a welcome tonic. Installed separately, each show is a knockout. These three artists couldn’t be more different stylistically; they have very distinctive, confident voices in their choice of […]
Jim Sajovic created his “Dark Paintings,” eight of which now hang like specters in the closed Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, from 1991-95. They were the artist’s demonstrative response to images of horrendous oil fires in Kuwait during the gulf wars, and to civil wars in South Africa and elsewhere. Pain and disaster fill the various picture […]