Your August Art Fix
Image of the Black in The National Gallery
Calling all history and art-lovers!
On Sunday, 21 August 2022 Black History Walks is bringing you an African focused tour of the National Gallery, unfolding the many "hidden" histories and the varied black presence in paintings across the centuries. Lasting two hours, the tour will cover works of art created between 1500s and 1900s, exploring the faces and stories which have transcended the social and economic margins to exist at the forefront. From faces in the crowd to African kings and queens, the tour will question why they were there, the meaning of their position in their time, and finally what this could for us in the present day.
Meeting point provided upon request.
Purchase your ticket here.
Image © Pabi Daniel
Summer Show, Ed Cross
Ed cross located in East London's Garrett Street presents its annual summer show, running until August 17, 2022. Featuring 7 artists practicing across the mediums of photography, painting and sculpture, this year the exhibition highlights established and emerging artists from the African diaspora and beyond. Featuring works by Sola Olulde, Abe Odedina, Mario Macilau, Leah Gordon, Pabi Daniel, Ermias Ekube, and Eric Pina.
Image © Gio Swaby: Pretty Pretty 8 (detail), 2021, Thread and cotton fabric on Muslin
Gio Swaby, FRESH UP
The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg FL presents FRESH UP, the first solo exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Gio Swaby running until October 9, 2022. Featuring more than 40 works spanning 2017 through 2021, the exhibition includes a series of portraits incorporating a range of textile-based techniques. Inspired by her childhood memories of her mother, a seamstress, Swaby has chosen to work with mediums normally associated with domestic life, giving her work a certain flavour of familiarity. Although Swaby's work is grounded in 'traditional' artistic mediums, her work aims to disrupt the norm through exploring new ideas surrounding blackness and womanhood.
Image © Dawud Anyabwile
The Artist's Experience: From Brotherman to Batman
The Society of Illustrators based in NY has announced its latest installation on display until October 29, 2022. Co-curated by Karama Horne and Shawn Martinbrough, the exhibition celebrates some of the most renowned black American artists in the comic book industry.