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Art Talk: Black Art Reigns

By HUNTER DROHOJOWSKA-PHILP

January 21, 2016

A few days after the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King and the city is bristling with indignant stories about the obvious absence of black nominees for the Academy Awards.

That scenario used to be standard in the realm of contemporary art as well but things have changed. The last decade has seen obvious and welcome rise in the number of black artists shown at museums and galleries in LA. This month, an unprecedented number of galleries are showing exciting work by black artists.

Listen to the recorded episode here.

John Outterbridge, Rag and Bag Idiom III (2012), mixed media, 32 x 14 x 7 1/2 inches. Image courtesy Tilton Gallery, New York.

John Outterbridge, Rag and Bag Idiom III (2012), mixed media, 32 x 14 x 7 1/2 inches. Image courtesy Tilton Gallery, New York.

John Outterbridge, Rag and Bag Idiom III (2012), mixed media, 32 x 14 x 7 1/2 inches. Image courtesy Tilton Gallery, New York.

John Outterbridge, Rag and Bag Idiom III (2012), mixed media, 32 x 14 x 7 1/2 inches. Image courtesy Tilton Gallery, New York.

A few days after the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King and the city is bristling with indignant stories about the obvious absence of black nominees for the Academy Awards.

That scenario used to be standard in the realm of contemporary art as well but things have changed. The last decade has seen obvious and welcome rise in the number of black artists shown at museums and galleries in LA. This month, an unprecedented number of galleries are showing exciting work by black artists.

Listen to the recorded episode here.