Artist a Day Challenge 2016-4: James Van Der Zee

James Van Der Zee was a prolific photographer documenting Harlem in the 1920’s and 1930’s with work that earned him the unofficial title of “Photographer of the Harlem Renaissance.”  With a mission to highlight middle class life, his work featured portraits of black New Yorkers, showing a side of life that was virtually invisible outside the African American community.  He was very … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-4: James Van Der Zee

Artist a Day Challenge No. 10 Basquiat & Golden Boys

In 1983 Basquiat took an extended leave from NYC to live in Los Angeles.  Accompanying him was the reclusive, eclectic musician and artist Rammellezee and painter Torrick Ablack (aka Toxic).  Basquiat was at the apex of his career at this time and during this trip to Los Angeles he tried to leverage his fame to encourage art world powerhouses to … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge No. 10 Basquiat & Golden Boys

6 Kings…

I frequently fall into internet Rat Holes… Yesterday I heard about an exhibit featuring paintings by Hip Hop Ambassador Fab 5 Freddy (Fred Brathwaite).  It’s part of a group show called 3 Kings featuring Freddy, Lee Quinones and Futura 2000. Rat Hole #1 While looking up the dates for the exhibit at Subliminal Projects on … Continue reading 6 Kings…