The Overdue Successes of Older Black Artists

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 …

Farewell to Influential Curator and Art Historian, Okwui Enwezor

An incredibly influential figure in the contemporary art world, Okwui Enwezor has passed away at just 55 years old. Not only a curator and art historian, Enwezor was a poet and critic whose astute way of thinking pushed for a more global view of art. Born in Awkuzu, Nigeria, he moved to the Bronx as a teenager, and over his career he was the artistic …

Uncle Nearest Whiskey Honors a Forgotten History

Led by CEO Fawn Weaver, the young brand tells an important story in the development of US distillation

Bucking the misconception that whiskey has historically been a Caucasian craft, Uncle Nearest appeared on shelves in 2017 with a new narrative: Jack Daniel wasn’t actually taught how to make whiskey by his white preacher, but rather a slave that worked on the preacher’s property, Nathan “Nearest” Green. Daniel took an interest in his preacher’s still, but was taught to use it by Green—a piece of …