Creator: Colony Little
Culture Shock Art is a blog dedicated to art, music, and design. As a freelance writer covering contemporary art, my goal is to amplify the voices of Black artists and artists of color. I am a 2020 recipient of the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant which supports contemporary arts writing and criticism.
My work is featured in contemporary art and lifestyle publications including Artnet News, Art News, Hyperallergic, The Art Newspaper, Arts.Black, W Magazine, and Walter Magazine.
When I’m not writing, I’m in museums, exploring my new home of Raleigh, NC, or drinking coffee…
I drink a lot of coffee.
For Generations, African American Women Have Used Quilting as a Powerful Tool of Survival, Resistance, and Artistic Expression, ARTnews, November 23, 2022
A Stitch in Time: Textile Artist Precious Lovell, Walter Magazine, September 30, 2022
Interview with Genevieve Gaignard, Carla, Issue 29, August, 2022
Going Back to the Ditch With Lonnie Holley, Hyperallergic, August 2, 2022
World of Wonder: Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Walter Magazine, August, 2022
Rooted in Clay: Laura Casas Shapes Her World, Walter Magazine, July, 2022
Sisterhood in Bloom: Give Black Raleigh Her Flowers, Walter Magazine, May 24, 2022
Glow in the Dark: Nate Sheaffer’s Career of Illumination, Walter Magazine, March, 2022
Traumas recent and historic are aired and treated in museum showcase of North Carolina artists, The Art Newspaper, February 25, 2022
Glow in the Dark: Nate Sheaffer’s Career of Illumination, Walter Magazine, February 24, 2022
A Musician’s Introspective Journey Through the Lush Appalachian Landscape, Hyperallergic, February 24, 2022
“It’s just people living their lives”: Painter Greg Breda captures moments of quiet transformation in Black cinema, The Art Newspaper, January 14, 2022
Off the Grid: Artist Ann Roth, Walter Magazine, January 1, 2022
The Paper Project, Walter Magazine, December 1, 2021
Poetic Physics: Nicola Vassell Brings Fred Eversley and Alteronce Gumby’s Science-Based Artworks to Miami, Art News, November 30, 2021
The Unsung History of Designer Patrick Kelly, W Magazine, October 20, 2021
Earth Spirit: A Lush Sanctuary in Cary, Walter Magazine October 1, 2021
For Inspiration, Betye Saar Turns to Her Doll Collection, Hyperallergic, September 28, 2021
Painting the Town: Muralist Taylor White, Walter Magazine, August 1, 2021
Torch Bearer: The Legacy of Anna Cooper, Walter Magazine, August 1, 2021
Welcome to Black Main Street, Walter Magazine, June 1, 2021.
Through Her Lens: Kennedi Carter’s Intimate Portraits, Walter Magazine, May 28, 2021.
Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend, The Art Newspaper, May 21, 2021.
‘Unity is survival’: former Pace director Nicola Vassell to open a gallery in New York, The Art Newspaper, May 19, 2021
Deborah Roberts’s Intricate and Thoughtful Depictions of Black Childhood, Hyperallergic, May 3, 2021
Boylan Beauty: An Exclusive Tour of Heights House, Raleigh’s Newest Boutique Hotel, Walter Magazine, May 1, 2021
Filmmakers Team Up With SF Public Defenders to Broadcast Stories of Injustice, Hyperallergic, February 19, 2021
The Art of the Pivot: Caitlin Cary’s Multifaceted Career, Walter Magazine, December 29, 2020
Uncharted Territory: Lump Gallery at 25 Years, Walter Magazine, November 1, 2020
“It Came Down to What I Could Make at My Kitchen Table”: Amy Sherald on Experimenting with a New Medium for the First Time in Decades, Artnet News, October 13, 2020.
Love and Light at Raleigh Union Station, Walter Magazine, October 2, 2020
Emma Amos and the Profound Role of Memory in Her Paintings. Hyperallergic, August 25, 2020.
Kennedi Carter’s Opulent Portraits of Black Southerners. Hyperallergic, August 6, 2020
Resistance and Renewal: Plywood Murals in Raleigh. Walter Magazine, July 31, 2020
How a Vital Art Education Program for People With Alzheimer’s Successfully Moved Online. Hyperallergic, June 1, 2020.
The Central American Diaspora and Stories of Coming of Age. Hyperallergic February 20, 2020.
21C’s The Future is Female Exhibit Showcases 50 Contemporary Artists, Walter Magazine, February 20, 2020.
Confronting Discomfort: VAE Exhibit Reframes Disability, Walter Magazine, January 13, 2020
The Vibrant Artistry and Camaraderie of Lowrider Culture, Hyperallergic, December 24, 2019
Best of 2019: Our Top 20 Los Angeles Art Shows, Hyperallergic, December 11, 2019
Betye Saar’s Never-Before-Seen Sketchbooks Offer Deep Insights, Hyperallergic, September 23, 2019
Architect Philip Freelon’s Legacy of Community Engagement and Inclusion, Hyperallergic, July 10, 2019
Ernie Barnes’s Iconic Chronicle of His Southern Roots and Sports, Hyperallergic, July 4, 2019
How Photography and Jazz Merged to Forge the “Black is Beautiful” Movement, Hyperallergic, April 23, 2019
At the Broad Museum, the Groundbreaking “Soul of a Nation” Puts a Refreshed Focus on the Struggles of Black Artists in L.A., Artnet News, April 11, 2019
The Studio Museum Conceives It’s Future in a Traveling Exhibition. Hyperallergic, March 6, 2019
Trenton Doyle Hancock at Shulamit Nazarian. Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, (CARLA), Issue 15, Spring 2019
In the White Album, Arthur Jafa Invents a New Language to Take on the Clichés of Empathy, Artnet News, January 25, 2019
Barry Jenkins and Kahlil Joseph Reimagine Roy DeCarava’s Admiring Vision of Harlem, Hyperallergic, December 27, 2018
Pay Attention to the Loaded Details in Artist Robert Pruitt’s Powerful Images of Devotion, Artnet News, October 12, 2018
Who Should Take Over as Director of MoMA PS1? 5 Leading Art-World Figures Tell Us Who They’d Pick, Artnet News, August 13, 2018
Jack Whitten’s Newly Published Journals Reveal a Long, Painful Road to Recognition, Artnet News, August 6, 2018
How Senga Nengudi’s ‘Performance Objects’ Stretched Sculpture Into New Forms—and How She’s Still Pressing the Limits Today. Artnet News, July 3, 2018.
3 Artists Shaking Up the Way We See the City in the Hammer’s Bold New ‘Made in L.A.’ Biennial. Artnet News, June 12, 2018.
Maren Hassinger’s Poetic Gestures for Dealing with the Painful Past and Present, Hyperallergic, May 17, 2018
Beyond Banksy: This Massive L.A. Exhibition Dramatically Expands the Story of Graffiti, Artnet News, May 16, 2018
Shinique Smith Adds New Layers to Her Fabric Work With a Show that Doubles as a Collection for L.A.’s Homeless, Artnet News, April 18, 2018
Accidental Records, Ellen Gallagher at Hauser & Wirth, Art Practical, January 30, 2018
Imagining the Portraits of African-American Women, Hyperallergic, April 25, 2017
Shotgun Review, Hammer Projects: Kevin Beasley, Daily Serving, March 17, 2017
Hammer Projects: Simone Leigh, Arts.Black, October, 2016
Shotgun Review, Hammer Projects: Simone Leigh, Daily Serving, October 7, 2016
Collector Scoop: Colony Little, Crusade for Art, July 21, 2016
The Provocation of Ambiguity and Agency, Arts.Black, June, 2016
4 thoughts on “About Culture Shock Art”
This is a lovely blog. Thanks for creating and sharing it. I’m an art educator who creates art resources inspired by Black visual artists. It’s always a pleasure to discover other creatives doing similar work. YOU’RE AWESOME! Have a wonderful day!
Thank you so much for these kind words. I’ve been off the blog for most of this year focusing on some freelance writing which you can find links to on this page. Thank you for arts education work as well!
Can you direct me in my quest to find works by Ruth Waddy? Thank you, thank you, thank you