After decades of indifference from the art world, many African American artists in their 70s and 80s are finally garnering the attention, bidders, invitations to lectures, panels and shows—and, of course, income—they deserve. These overdue successes result in mixed reactions, and rightly so. Sculptor and teacher, Melvin Edwards says, “It’s about time the art world caught up.” While painter Howardena Pindell has “a different kind of contentment: ‘It’s more a sense of feeling protected and safe in terms of the vicissitudes of the art world.'” Read more at the New York Times.
The Overdue Successes of Older Black Artists