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Kwame Brathwaite: Untitled (Ali at his camp)1974, printed 2016Selenium tone silver gelatin print, matted and framedEd. of 1012 x 18 in., 30.48 x 45.72 cm (image)15.5 x 21.5 in., 39.37 x 54.61 cm framed
Kwame Brathwaite: Untitled (Ali at his camp)
1974, printed 2016
Selenium tone silver gelatin print, matted and framed
Ed. of 10
12 x 18 in., 30.48 x 45.72 cm (image)
15.5 x 21.5 in., 39.37 x 54.61 cm framed
2732: Black is Beautiful: Empowerment Through the Lens of Kwame Brathwaite, 1962 - 1975
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Cherry and Martin  •  21 May - 30 July 2016
 

Inspired in part by the writings of Marcus Garvey, Kwame Brathwaite, his older brother, Elombe Brath, and the African Jazz Arts Society and Studios (AJASS) popularized the phrase “Black is Beautiful” in the late 50's and early 60’s. “Black is Beautiful” is one of the most important political and cultural ideas of the twentieth century. Brathwaite and Brath did their part to spread this idea through Brathwaite’s writings and photographs and the activities of the two organizations they helped co-found: AJASS and the Grandassa Models.

Kwame Brathwaite’s photographs were specifically intended to shape the course of American visual discourse. His photographs foreground how artistic and political vision can affect change in popular culture and how popular culture can affect change on culture at large. The subjects of Brathwaite’s carefully crafted photographs invoke the power of a range of objects, such as books, musical instruments and artworks. The dress and hairstyles of his subjects point to their sense of themselves, while the environs of his subjects direct the viewer to a community of artist activists—writers, painters, playwrights, fashion designers and musicians. Brathwaite’s work demonstrates the power of photography as an essential cultural tool in the dissemination of new political ideas, its power to stage visual rhetoric and its ability make language visible.

Kwame Brathwaite was born in Brooklyn in 1938. His parents were born in Barbados. Brathwaite and his older brother, Elombe Brath, now deceased, and his younger brother John, were raised in a politically-conscious and artistic household. By the late 1950's, shortly after graduating from high school, Brathwaite and Brath became active in the African Nationalist Pioneer Movement (ANPM) led by Carlos Cooks. They were also involved in the early struggle in Southern Africa, forming in 1961 their Bronx-based South-West Africa Relief Committee to support Sam Nujoma’s South-West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) and later, the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN). Parallel to these political activities the two brothers were regularly producing concerts—a who’s-who of top Jazz figures of the time –at such venues as Club 845 in the Bronx and Small’s Paradise in Harlem.

Brathwaite’s regular reporting and pictorials for leading black publications such as The Amsterdam News, City Sun and The Daily Challenge beginning in the early 60's helped set the stage for the Black Arts Movement and the Black Power movement. By the 1970's, Brathwaite was one of the top concert photographers, shaping the images of such public figures as Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, James Brown and Muhammad Ali. Brathwaite wrote about and photographed such landmark events as the “The Motown Revue” at the Apollo (1963); “WattStax ’72” (1972); The Jackson 5’s first trip to Africa (1974); and the “Festival in Zaire” (1974, which accompanied the famous Foreman-Ali fight, “The Rumble in the Jungle”).



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Osias Beert (Antwerp 1580 – 1624): <EM>Still Life of Flowers in a Stone Vase in a Niche</EM>Oil on panel, cradledOn loan from the Grasset Collection
Osias Beert (Antwerp 1580 – 1624): Still Life of Flowers in a Stone Vase in a Niche
Oil on panel, cradled
On loan from the Grasset Collection
Brueghel to Canaletto: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES  •  The San Diego Museum of Art  •  2 April - 2 August 2016
 

This exhibition features fine still life and landscape paintings from leading Dutch, Flemish, Italian, Spanish and German artists of the 17th & 18th centuries. Made possible by a loan from a European family, of French origin with close connection to Spain, the exhibition features 40 works never before displayed publicly including landscapes ranging from masters like Jan Brueghel the Elder and Barent Avercamp to the greatest of all Venetian view-painters, Canaletto. The collection is on view at the San Diego Museum, the sole venue for the exhibition.

Spanning the years 1600 to 1750, the featured works represent a turning point in history when artwork began to be collected by those other than nobility–and the art market emerged.



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Alexis Smith: <EM>Snapshot,</EM> 1982Magazine page, wood frame, miniature camera, and glass21 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (55.24 x 50.16 cm)Lender: Los Angeles County Museum of ArtApproved - LACMA obj
Alexis Smith: Snapshot, 1982
Magazine page, wood frame, miniature camera, and glass
21 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (55.24 x 50.16 cm)
Lender: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Approved - LACMA obj
Physical: Sex and the Body in the 1980s
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Los Angeles County Museum of Art  •  20 March - 31 July 2016
 
Organized as a companion to the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, this installation places Mapplethorpe’s art in dialogue with a selection of work by other artists made during his decade of greatest productivity. Many of the featured artists were friends or acquaintances of Mapplethorpe, and like him, they placed issues of the body and sexuality at the center of their practice. Included are works by seminal figures of the period, including Nan Goldin, Sherrie Levine, Sarah Charlesworth, Marina Abramović, Tina Barney, Andres Serrano, Peter Hujar, and Kiki Smith.

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Robert Mapplethorpe: <EM>Self-portrait</EM>, 1980Printed 2008PhotographsGelatin silver printImage: 13 3/4 × 13 3/4 in. (34.93 × 34.93 cm) Primary support: 19 7/8 × 15 7/8 in. (50.48 × 40.32 cm) Frame: 25 1/4 × 24 1/4 in. (64.14 × 61.6 cm)Promised Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to The J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Robert Mapplethorpe: Self-portrait, 1980
Printed 2008
Photographs
Gelatin silver print
Image: 13 3/4 × 13 3/4 in. (34.93 × 34.93 cm) Primary support: 19 7/8 × 15 7/8 in. (50.48 × 40.32 cm) Frame: 25 1/4 × 24 1/4 in. (64.14 × 61.6 cm)
Promised Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to The J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Los Angeles County Museum of Art  •  20 March - 31 July 2016
 
The Perfect Medium explores Robert Mapplethorpe's (United States, 1946-1989) body of work through early drawings, collages, sculptures, and Polaroid photography; materials from his archive; portraits, still lifes, and figure studies; rare color photographs; and two seldom-seen moving image works. The exhibition also highlights the artist’s relationship to New York's sexual and artistic undergrounds, as well as his experimentation with a variety of media.

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Still from <EM>Un Ballo in Maschera</EM>, Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2004, High definition digital videoCourtesy of James Cohan Gallery.
Still from Un Ballo in Maschera, Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2004, High definition digital video
Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery.
Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Los Angeles County Museum  •  20 December 2015 - 2 January 2017
 
 

Our hearts beat to the rhythms of biological time and continents drift in geological time, while we set our watches to the precision of Naval time. Time may be easy to measure, but it is challenging to understand. Five leading contemporary artists of Africa explore temporal strategies to convey how time is experienced—and produced—by the body. Bodies climb, dance, and dissolve in six works of video and film, or “time-based” art. Characters and the actions they depict repeat, resist, and reverse any expectation that time must move relentlessly forward.

Senses of Time invites viewers to consider tensions between personal and political time, ritual and technological time, bodily and mechanical time. Through pacing, sequencing, looping, layering, and mirroring, diverse perceptions of time are both embodied and expressed.



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Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Argentina
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Laemmle Royal  •  1 - 10 July 2016
 
 

Argentina is the latest film from the legendary Spanish director of Carmen and Flamenco, Carlos Saura. It explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore via a series of choreographed tableaux retracing a history rich in original culture. The unique theatrical staging of dance mixed with awe-inspiring traditional song make it unique. Poetic, riveting and moving, this live performance choreographed by Saura calls on the entire history of a country set to the tune of guitars and accordions.

Saura introduces audiences to the way in which the citizens, geography and history of Argentina have shaped its culture. Using a theatrical approach based on light and shadow, and the simplicity of a minimalist setting, Saura showcases the sublime beauty of these traditions by returning to the soil from which they were born.

Argentina features traditional dances accompanying the songs—symbols of the population's ancestral pride. By beginning with the heritage of Los Chalchaleros and the most affecting traditional songs in their original and/or current versions, Saura explores the deep, telluric connection between song and soil.

Also featured are popular folk singers such as Mercedes Sosa, El Chaqueño Palavecino, Soledad Pastorutti ("La Sole"), Liliana Herrero, Luis Salinas, Jaime Torres, Jairo, and the folk group Metabombo. Dancers include Ballet Nuevo Arte Nativo de Koki and Pajarín Saavedra.

Carlos Saura is one of the most prestigious directors of Spanish cinema. He has won several national and international awards and has been nominated three times for an Academy Award®. He has directed, among other films: Cría Cuervos (1976), Tango (1998), Ay Carmela (1990), Deprisa, Deprisa (1981).



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