Latest on noir art: Storm King Center commissions sculpture from Martin Puryear, Mellon-funded report assesses American monuments, Rashod Taylor wins Arnold Newman photography award, and more

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Scale model of Martin Puryear’s permanent commission for the Storm King Art Center. | © Studio Martin Puryear. Photo by SandenWolff


Storm King Art Center commissioned Martin Puryear to create an in situ sculpture for its permanent collection. Puryear uses a variety of materials in his sculptural practice, including wood, bronze, cast iron, steel, and granite. For this order, he works with brick for the first time. The work will be located on the highest vantage point on the center lot in New Windsor, NY, occupying a clearing on the edge of North Woods. The sculpture is expected to debut in 2023. Regarding the commission, Puryear said: “This piece is particularly important to me because it will be a permanent work of art in the extraordinary landscape of Storm King. And I take the idea of ​​permanence seriously – the materials I propose to work with, the methodology I try to employ, and the history of the material speaks to something timeless.

british artist Lubaina Himid received the annual Robson Orr TenTen Award, winning an order for the British Government Collection. “Old Boat, New Weather,” the limited edition print she created, is inspired by Black Lives Matter and comments on climate change. Fifteen copies of the work will be on display in UK government office buildings and embassies abroad and 11 copies will be sold to raise funds to purchase works by emerging artists for the collection. | The arts journal

RASHOD TAYLOR, “LJ in my parents’ yard”, 2020. | © Rashod Taylor, images courtesy of Rashod Taylor

Honors and Prizes

Rasod taylor won the Arnold Newman Prize 2021 for new directions in portrait photography for his work entitled “Little Black Boy”. Administered by Maine Media Workshops + College, the $ 20,000 prize includes exhibition at Griffin Photography Museum in Winchester, Mass., with images of the winner and three finalists (Golden, Christian K Lee and Donavon Smallwood, who won the award Aperture 2021 portfolio price.)

Celebrating the arts in Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser presented the 36th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. Winners in 14 categories included the artist Sam Gilliam, who received the Distinguished Honorary Award, recognize “achievements spanning 20 years or more with local, regional and national impact”.

The National Academy of Design announced the election eight new national academics, including artists Trenton Doyle Hancock, Rashid Johnson, Julie Mehretu, and Gary Simmons. An induction ceremony will take place on October 27.

Bayeté Ross Smith, first artist in residence at Columbia Law School, talks about some of the concepts and challenges he explores in his practice: identity, perception, interpersonal interactions, and diversity of thought. | McColl Center Video


Bayeté Ross Smith is the artist in inaugural residence at Columbia Law School. The Harlem-based photographer, artist and educator will be in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year. The new program is designed “to examine and expand the way the institution honors its history and values, while celebrating its vibrant and diverse community.”

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts University announces a new Faculty of Fine Arts appointments, including Triton Mobély, artist and researcher in new media; writer and director Ng’endo Mukii; artist Mike Smoot; and practice teacher Kelli Morgan, who is the first director of conservation studies. (Morgan’s appointment was first reported by Culture Type in July).


The Rubell Museum, established by influential Miami, Florida collectors Don and Mera Rubell, opens second location in Washington, DC Located in the former Randall Junior High School in the Southwest, the space is slated to open by the end from 2022. The Rubell’s has been launched “30 Americans” with selections from their collection, over a decade ago, and the exhibit is still on tour. The group exhibition featuring works by 30 contemporary African-American artists opens October 9 at Colombia Art Museum in South Carolina. | Artnet news

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles hope attract new members with the offer of “Skittles” (2003/2019), a limited edition of Arthur Jafa. The artwork is available to the first 100 who join or renew their museum membership at the Curator’s Circle level ($ 1,500) or more.


Monuments laboratory took out his Audit of national monuments. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the reports investigated approximately 50,000 American monuments and found that of the 50 most frequently depicted figures, 88% are white males, 50% were slave holders, 10% are black or indigenous and only 6% honor women. Findings will help guide Mellon Foundation’s $ 250 million Monuments project. | New York Times

Four sculptures by black artists were installed on campus from Harvard Business School (HBS). “Wind sculpture (SG) V” (2019) by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA (pictured right) was acquired by HBS this year for the C. Ludens Ringnes Sculpture Collection. “In Search of the Word” (1989/2019) by Melvin edwards and two sculptures by Thaddeus Mosley (“Illusory Progression”, 2020 and “Rhizogenic Rhythms”, 2020) are on loan to the school for the 2021/22 exhibition. Mosley’s works were commissioned for the 2020 Frieze Sculpture exhibition at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Rachid johnson installed two 9 x 25 foot mosaic panels on the main landing of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Each has the same title: “The Broken Nine”. An extension of his Anxious Men series, the panels “feature choir lines of imposing standing figures reconstructed from thousands of fragments of colorful ceramics, mirrors and signature woods, on which the artist has painted in an improvised fashion. with oil, wax and enamel with a spray gun ”. | New York Times

IMAGE: Top right, YINKA SHONIEBARE CBE RA, Wind Sculpture (SG) V, 2019 (stainless steel frame with hand painted glass reinforced polyester cast, 275 1/2 × 100 × 78 5/8 inches) . | © 2021 Yinka Shonibare CBE. All rights reserved, DACS / ARS, NY 2021. Sculpture collection C. Ludens Ringnes, Harvard Business School


The New York University Tisch School of the Arts (NYU) is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Photography and Imaging, a tenure-track position. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2021. | More information

The Photography and Imaging Opportunity (above) is part of NYU’s program cluster recruitment initiative, which coincides with the launch of the new Center for Combating Racism, Social Justice and Public Health (CASJPH) and includes several additional positions at the Tisch School of the Arts.

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