Neuberger Museum of Art Announces the 2019 Winner of the Roy R. Neuberger Prize

Tracy Fitzpatrick, Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art, announced that the Museum’s 2019 Roy R. Neuberger Prize, now carrying an honorarium of $25,000, has been awarded to Yto Barrada, an internationally-acclaimed French-Moroccan multi-media artist. In addition to the cash award, an exhibition of her work Yto Barrada: TheDye Garden, will be on view for the first time in the US at the Neuberger Museum of Art, September 25–December 22, 2019. [Hyperallergic]

Medieval Africa Comes to Illinois

“Can you picture the richest person ever in our collective recorded history? Would that picture change if you were told that he ruled the Empire of Mali in the 14th century? Might it change again if you were informed that he was a devout Muslim?”

Caravans of Gold, Fragments of Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa  is now on view at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. The exhibition details the life of what was likely the richest man in history: Mansa Musa of Mali (Hyperallergic)

Review of “Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static” at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Quaytman skillfully translated the energy of preparatory sketches to large-scale proportions in these works. The resultant paintings retain the small moments where inconsistencies arise and balance is subtly disturbed when one draws by hand. In other words, Quaytman imported the personal aspect of the drawing process to the often impersonal world of geometric abstraction and, given the large scale of the paintings, cast the irregularities as heroic. Frank Stella, pioneer of the shaped canvas, warned that abstraction, especially as practiced by Kandinsky and Mondrian, can lack “human dynamics.” Quaytman’s work, however, is full of humanity.
[Kim Beil, Art in America]