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ISSUE |  February  2018


"Poet” © 2007  yvette watson yvette watson fine art

“Poet” was completed during a period when pushing myself to expand my palette and composition was the goal. Praise God—bright red, purple and pink with brown thrown into the mix still knock me out and the perspective of the room contrasts nicely with the cropped couple in the foreground. Thankfully mission accomplished. Happy Valentine’s Day !!

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The David C. Driskell Center

Portrait of Who We Are

February 1 2018 – May 18, 2018
1214 Cole Student Activities Bldg. University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

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Georgia Museum of Art Museum

Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection

Thru - May 2018
90 Carlton Street, Athens, Georgia 30602

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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum

A Century of African American Quilts

Thru - May 2018
326 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

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de Young Museum

Revelations: Art from the African American South

Thru – April 1, 2018
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.,
San Francisco, CA 94118

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Galerie Myrtis

Art of the Collectors VI

February 10 2018 – March 24, 2018
2224 North Charles St. .Baltimore, MD 21218

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Featured Artist

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This month Praise God we have the privilege of introducing the work of an extraordinary photographer. The late Malick Sidibe an African born photographer from Bamako, Mali, West Africa enjoyed success early in his prolific career. Although Sidibe was widely recognized in his homeland in the 1990’s his work gained attention in Europe and the West bringing this accomplished artist a wealth of opportunities and international recognition. When he died in 2016 he left behind a body of work that is a tribute to Africa and its people.

Early in his career he won acclaim for his photographs that documented the night life of Africa’s youth as they embraced the social changes of the 60’s. Smartly dressed young Africans, dancing, playing and enjoying life were recurring images. This theme of exuberance found its way into his studio portrait work where he crafted a world of escapism for his clients. Using various props, backgrounds and his imagination, Sidibe posed his subjects embracing life with fervor. These stunning pieces belie a period in Mali’s history as one of the poorest countries in Africa during this time making him wildly popular photographer.

Malick Sidibe’s work is exquisitely, sophisticated with a hint of light hearted humor reminiscent of the great French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson—another favorite. His eye for composition, artful framing of his subject and ability to present the unexpected in his work is a gift. Sidibe documented the lives of everyday Africans similarly to noted Black Harlem Renaissance photographers James Van Der Zee and Gordon Parks— both known for their poignant photographs of blacks in all walks of life.

Enrolled as a student in the School of Sudanese Craftsmen Sidibe showed promise as an artist. Prior to his formal education he made drawings for public events and upon entering school became top of class for his abilities. It was this recognition that brought an opportunity to apprentice with French photographer Gerard Guillat-Guignard. Looking for someone to decorate his photo studio, Guillat-Guignard Photo Service Boutique, Guignard contacted Sidibe’s school and the young Sidibe was recommended. At the completion of the decorating project Guillat-Guignard's offered Sidibe an apprenticeship, a path that would be his life’s work and passion. As an apprentice Sidibe managed cash transactions, made photo deliveries and sold equipment. He received no formal training as a photographer but was allowed to watch Guignard and learned his craft through observation. Being self taught, eventually he began working with Guignard as a photographer. Two years later Sidibe opened his own studio enjoying success with private and public commissions. Use the links below to view Malick Sidibe’s work land learn more about the artist.


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Out, About & Around Online

It’s Black History Month — we’re honoring Blacks artists, writers and musicians. Use the links below to learn about these creatives online at PBS !!

Street Art As Service New Orleans : Brandan ‘Bmike’ Odums

Art Imitating Life : Elignia McCrary

The New Black Experience: Thomas “Detour” Evans

Art Rocks! : Randell Henry Baton Rouge Painter  ( Artist Interview Segment 1:18m-8:44m )

Art Rocks! : Artist Henry  Watson   ( Artist Interview Segment 1:30m-8:09m )

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Lorraine Hansberry : Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart


New Work

“The Workers Series - Garbage Man”

From 2015 -2016 completed a series of paintings called “To Work” which led to another series of derivative paintings called “The Workers”. In progress and final images of “Mechanic” and “Delivery Man” were posted in the New Work section, October 2016. All eight “Workers” in the series were finished in 2016 including the “Garbage Man” below. God willing you’ll be able to view “The Workers” online next month.  Thank you,
God Bless You


Garbage Man © 2016
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