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Why Atlanta’s Art Scene Is Making Waves

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“The South got something to say.” André Lauren Benjamin (a.k.a. André 3000) uttered these infamous words while accepting the “Best New Artist (Group)” award with his bandmate Antwan André Patton (a.k.a. Big Boi) from the rap duo Outkast at the 1995 Source Awards. The Atlanta-based duo caused an upset when they beat out the favorites, Los Angeles–based group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The ceremony, held at Madison Square Garden, occurred at the peak of the East Coast vs. West Coast debate in hip-hop that was dominated by artists Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. This moment is pivotal within Black cultural history for reasons beyond just being iconic—it also shows how overlooked contributions from the American South were across contemporary Black culture.

For audiences in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the South (and particularly Atlanta) had not culturally moved beyond the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Benjamin’s assertion signified a push to restore and remind audiences of the cultural significance that the South plays in crafting Black—if not American—culture at large. The expression also perfectly describes how contemporary Southern artists, curators, gallerists, and art advisors are reclaiming their cultural legacy and space within the global art world. This was evident in curator Karen Comer-Lowe’s 2021 exhibition of public digital art in Atlanta, which took Benjamin’s expression as its title to assert that the South still has much to say today.

Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-atlantas-art-scene-making-waves

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Art gallery invites public to add their own work to the walls

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An art gallery in Edinburgh is inviting the public to add their own work to the walls.

Edinburgh Printmakers, which was the first, open access, print studio in the UK when it was established 57 years ago, is based in a former factory in Castle Mills, Dundee Street, Fountainbridge.

A new event, Castle Mills: Then & Now, Whose Gallery is it Anyway?, will open up the space to aspiring artists who want to put their own artwork on the walls, or curate existing work.

Read more: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/art-gallery-edinburgh-eduardo-paolozzi-rachel-maclean-alasdair-gray-b1151431.html

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London’s National Portrait Gallery Catches Up to Black Portraiture

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LONDON — The Royal Academy and National Portrait Gallery in London, founded in 1768 and 1856 respectively, have long been symbols of the British art establishment — namely the White, male-dominated establishment. In February, the RA opened Entangled Pasts, which examines its own colonialist ties by interspersing the work of contemporary Black British artists of the African, Caribbean, and South Asian diasporas with its own historic collections, while highlighting historic Black figures excluded from standard art history. The National Portrait Gallery, newly spruced up after a three-year closure for refurbishment, takes a different tack. Curated by Ekow Eshun, previously director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure presents works by 22 African diasporic artists exploring the richness and complexity of Black life via portraiture. 

Read More: https://hyperallergic.com/902705/londons-national-portrait-gallery-catches-up-to-black-portraiture/

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Lady Lever Gallery offers female artists exhibition

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A new exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery at Port Sunlight in Wirral will present a different perspective on British landscape art, focusing on work by female artists.

Running from Saturday, April 20, to Sunday, August 18, Another View: Landscapes by Women Artists will include around 40 works dating from the early 1800s to the 1980s.

It will also showcase paintings by Elizabeth Campbell (1783-1861) which have recently been acquired by National Museums Liverpool, entering a public collection for the first time.

Read More: https://lbndaily.co.uk/amp/lady-lever-gallery-offers-female-artists-exhibition/

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