Felrath Hines and Alma Thomas at the Nasher Museum

  • Alma Thomas
    The Eclipse, 1970
    Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gift of the artist. Washington, DC / Art Resource, NY

Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines and Alma Thomas brings together a group of Felrath Hines (1913-1993) paintings, recently given to several North Carolina museums, and juxtaposes them with work by his contemporary, Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891-1978). Hines was a founding member of the Spiral Group, the artist collective organized by Romare Bearden in New York in 1963. This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to see vibrant work by two great abstract painters side-by-side.

Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines and Alma Thomas
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
June 10 - September 5, 2010


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Kerry James Marshall at Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Kerry James Marshall
    Better Homes, Better Gardens, 1994
    Acrylic and collage on unstretched canvas
    Denver Art Museum Collection, Funds from Polly and Mark Addison, the Alliance for Contemporary Art, Caroline Morgan, and Colorado Contemporary Collectors: Suzanne Farver, Linda and Ken Heller, Jan and Frederick Mayer, Beverly and Bernard Rosen, Annalee and Wagner Schorr, and anonymous donors

In his first solo exhibition in Canada, Kerry James Marshall (Studio Museum artist in residence 1985-86) tells visible and invisible stories of black America. This exhibition features three diverse and significant series, each of which present a historically-informed exploration of black life: "Garden Projects," a series of vibrant urban scenes based on public housing projects on the South Side of Chicago and Watts; "Souvenirs," late-1990s paintings of middle-class living rooms; and "Vignettes," idyllic images of black couples in sumptuous romantic landscapes reminiscent of eighteenth-century Rococo paintings.

Kerry James Marshall
Vancouver Artgallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
May 8, 2010–January 3, 2011

Dawoud Bey at the Chrysler Museum

  • Dawoud Bey
    Joseph, 2006
    Chromogenic print
    Image courtesy Aperture Foundation

Dawoud Bey, who has had a long relationship with the Studio Museum, beginning with the exhibition Harlem, USA (1979), brings his recent series of life-size photographs of American teens to Virginia this year. The photographs in Class Pictures are accompanied by the sitters’ descriptions of their own lives, creating a holistic portrait of American youth at the dawn of the 21st century.

Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey
The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
March 26–August 6, 2010


Julie Mehretu: Grey Area at the Guggenheim

  • Julie Mehretu
    Atlantic Wall, 2008–09
    Ink and acrylic on canvas, 304.8 x 426.7 cm.
    Commissioned by Deutsche Bank in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin.
    © 2010 Julie Mehretu
    Photo: Mathias Schormann

2000-01 artist in residence Julie Mehretu has emerged as a major voice in contemporary American painting. Grey Area features work made during, and inspired by, Mehretu’s recent residency in Berlin. Not simply grey in color, the paintings play with the phrase “grey area,” engaging us in her difficult-to-define, complex compositions of meticulously drawn mechanical renderings, spontaneous gestural markings, and colorful interjections.

Julie Mehretu: Grey Area
Guggenheim, New York, NY
May 14 – August 6, 2010

Mark Bradford at the Wexner

  • Mark Bradford
    Strawberry, 2002
    Photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel medium, permanent-wave end papers, and additional mixed media on canvas
    72 x 84 in.
    Collection of Barbara and Bruce Berger
    Photo: Bruce M. White

This summer, the Wexner presents the first major museum survey of the work of artist Mark Bradford, friend of the Studio Museum and Freestyle alum. Bradford, who lives and works in Los Angeles, received the Wexner Center's Residency Award in visual arts for 2009–10 and was a 2009 MacArthur Fellow. The exhibition features a wide range of painting, sculpture, and collage from the last decade, as well as brand-new works, all reflecting on social and urban environments.

Mark Bradford
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
May 8–August 15, 2010