Suzanne Jackson

Although I don’t paint an interpersonal iconography I am perpetually fascinated by those who do. So glad the pictures in the article above were crap because it lead me to read more about this quite interesting #blackartist.


El Anatsui and Georgina Maxim

Saw El at Biennale and was over the moon to walk into NCMA and find that our state is now home to a great piece of his- his modality is similar to Elias Simes, another great hailing from Africa which NCMA has included in the permanent collection. Georgina is also an African artist, who’s work is included because, like El, it reminds me of another artist (Al Loving). Juxtaposing is fun.



Al Loving

I’ve been following a hashtag on IG for Al so I can see snaps of his work that still gets shown. You can see from the first image why I was first drawn to him. Loving was well known for hard-edge, geometric abstract painting. However, he felt a tension between his work and his identity as an African American in a time of racial injustice, civil rights struggles, and the rise of the Black Power movement. In the early 1970s, he took a new direction with shaped, colorful, fabric-based works inspired by quilts.


Robert Reed

I’d say this is a profound read about the first and only tenured African American faculty member in the history of the Yale School of Art. Amazing story and really excellent formalist work that belies the notion that abstraction doesn’t stand for other ideas.

I also made a Pinterest “gallery” of his work, including uploading some images myself from other sources.