Latest News in Black Art: Charisse PearlinaWatson Joined Patron Gallery, Danielle A.Jackson Co-Curating Carnegie International,New CEO at Brooklyn Children’s Museum,Wangechi Mutu, Christopher Myers & More

Culture Type / Dec 4, 2023 / by Victoria L. Valentine / Go to Original

Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the worldof art and related culture.

Charisse Pearlina Watson, a 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, is now represented byPatron Gallery. | Courtesy Patron Gallery 


Charisse Pearlina Watson has joined Patron Gallery in Chicago. Watson is a conceptual artist and writer whosework “examines Black interior life, resistance, and technologies of surveillance. Encompassing both physical andideological apparatuses, these technologies work to reify anti-blackness,” the announcement said. “Working across sculpture, writing, and photography, she examines how practices of repetition, enfoldment, concealment, and delaycan re-articulate intimacy and Black interiors as sites of resistance.” Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Watsonlives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her formidable academic background includes an MFA in studio art, with anemphasis on critical theory, from the University of California at Irvine; a masters of science degree in modern arthistory, curating and criticism from the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh College of Art; and an undergraduatedegree in art history earned at the University of North Texas. Watson participated in the Independent StudyProgram at the Whitney Museum of American Art and is a 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum inHarlem. Her work is currently featured in “And ever an edge: Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2022–23,” atMoMA PS1 through April 8, 2024. Patron will present Watson’s first solo exhibition with the gallery in fall 2024.(12/4) | More

From left, Danielle A. Jackson, 2023. | Photo by Sean Eaton, Courtesy Carnegie Museum of Art; Atiba Edwards. |Courtesy Brooklyn Children’s Muse


The Carnegie Museum of Art announced the Kathe and Jim Patrinos Curators of the 59th Carnegie Internationalare Danielle A. Jackson, Ryan Inouye, and Liz Park. The longest running international exhibition in NorthAmerica, the Carnegie International occurs every four years in Pittsburgh, Pa. The next edition will be on view fromMay 2, 2026-Jan. 3, 2027. Jackson is the curator of Artists Space in New York and previously served as acuratorial assistant in the Department of Media and Performance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. (12/1)| More

Details of Frieze Los Angeles were released. The fifth edition of the art fair runs Feb. 29-March 3, 2024, at theSanta Monica Airport. 95 galleries from 21 nations are participating with half based in the greater Los Angeles areaand 13 showing for the first time. Essence Harden, visual arts curator at the California African American Museum,is organizing the Focus section, where presentations by art galleries that have been in business for 12 years orless will explore “ideas of ecology.” (11/30) | More

Atiba Edwards is the new president and CEO of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM). Edwards had beenacting in the role since August. Previously, he was chief operating officer and executive vice president of themuseum in Brooklyn, N.Y. In earlier roles, Atiba was director of operations at a middle school called Brooklyn EastCollegiate and an analyst at J.P. Morgan. Founded in 1899, BCM describes itself as the first children’s museum inthe world. (11/29) | More

Karyn Oliver, a Philadelphia-based artist, has joined the board of directors of the Public Art Fund in New York.Oliver’s “Approach,” a monumental sculpture installed last year in Terminal A at Newark International Airport in NewJersey, was commissioned by the Public Art Fund. (11/28) | ArtDaily

EMILY KAM KNGWARRAY, “Untitled (Alhalkere),” 1989. | © Estate of Emily Kam Kngwarray DACS 2023, All rightsreser


In 2025, Australian artist Emily Kam Kngwarray (circa 1914- 1996) will have her first large-scale Europeanexhibition at Tate Modern. The celebrated Indigenous painter has been hailed as “one of Australia’s greatestartists,” “a renowned figure of 20th century art,” “one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists,” and “oneof the most prominent and successful artists in the history of Australian art.” The Tate presentation is organized incollaboration with the National Gallery of Australia, where a major survey of the artist opened Dec. 2. Kngwarray isan Anmatyerr woman and senior custodian of her country, Alhalkere, which adjoins a remote desert area known asUtopia (about 150 miles north east of Alice Springs in Northern Territory). She started painting late in life and wasabout 80 when she gained recognition. Kngwarray “created works that encapsulated the experience and authorityshe gained throughout her extraordinary life and career,” according to the Tate announcement on Nov. 30. “Herritual, ceremonial and spiritual engagement with her homelands was translated into vibrant batik textiles and laterinto monumental paintings on canvas.” Key textiles, paintings and works on paper spanning the 1970s, 80s and90s, will be on view at Tate Modern, many shown for the first time outside Australia. (12/1) | Art Newspaper