The beauty of art is that it starts with one person’s dreams and ideas, which are then realized in a painting, sculpture or other art medium. From there it lives on forever, hopefully for all the world to see. That’s one reason it’s so important that the artwork of black artists, who often document the good and bad of our lives, flourish in this new, emerging worldview.
From police violence to black love, from the Black Panthers to the Jackson Five, it’s all reflected in this selection of artwork from the largest and most important art fair in America, Art Basel Miami Beach, as well as some of the many satellite fairs and shows, which took place in Miami from Dec. 1-4.
Although some big-name celebrities made appearances, it’s the artists who are always the real standouts. Kehinde Wiley presided over his annual fish fry, where a prompt Lauryn Hill performed; Jacolby Satterwhite was feted by Artsy and Faena; and the New York-based street artist Bradley Theodore was celebrated by the Ivy. Additionally, this year the Art of Black Miami expanded its programming to include even more artists of African descent.
6. Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle’s work was on view at the Art Miami Fair at Jenkins Johnson Gallery, a black-owned gallery in San Francisco. The 29-year-old artist knows what she wants to talk about, and that’s the black female body as geography. She looks at the perceptions and myths that follow the black female body around the world. Her series The Evanesced, which was done during a residency with artist Sanford Biggers, will be on view at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles in February.