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BBC | Mardi Gras: The Big Chief celebrating the stories of Africa

Demond Melancon is a sewer with extraordinary flair. Every year for Mardi Gras, he makes an elaborate feathered suit to compete with others in a centuries-old African-American tradition in New Orleans. And for the past few years, Demond has been telling the stories of Ethiopia through his designs. Image: Demond Melancon in his 2020 Mardi… 

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Demond Melancon: The bead master of New Orleans

This week’s In The Studio is presented by acclaimed actor and New Orleans resident Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan). We join him as he meets Demond Melancon, a fine artist from New Orleans who is also the Big Chief of a Black Masking Indian tribe, the Young Seminole Hunters. The Black… 

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Ida Kohlmeyer | Artist Profile

April 2020 Exhibition reviewed by Roberta Smith for The New York Times Ida Kohlmeyer is one of Louisiana’s most renowned artists. Her painting and sculpture are personal interpretations of a wide world full of color, motion, and vitality. Rooted in the spirit of the Abstract Expressionists with its joyous colors and gestural movement, her work is… 

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A Brooklyn Artist Adjusts to Making Art in Solitude

Lesley Dill usually works with six to eight assistants, but now she is alone with the hundreds of yards of fabric she uses for her mixed-media art.  By Julie Lasky for The New York Times Lesley Dill, a mixed-media artist who has had more than 100 solo exhibitions, works in a 300-square-foot studio in her… 

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Gordon Parks’s Color Photographs Show Intimate Views of Life in Segregated Alabama

Department Store, Mobile, Alabama,1956

by Jacqui Palumbo for Artsy When the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation with the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, there was hope that equality for black Americans was finally within reach. “But it was a quiet hope, locked behind closed doors and spoken about in whispers,” wrote journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault in an essay for  Gordon Parks’s Segregation Story (2014). “For… 

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Hell and Paradise

Published on Art E-Walk Buildings and their contents, an endless source of inspiration for artists, provide the theme for the works of three painters displayed in the Arts District New Orleans this month. Jim Richard, James Kennedy and Pierre Bergian respectively at Arthur Roger Gallery, Callan Contemporary and Octavia Art Gallery are expressing their creativity through their different style, from abstract to figurative. All the Way Home assembles twenty… 

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Gibbes announces finalists for 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

Winner will be chosen at the end of this month by Connor Simonson for Charleston City Paper The Gibbes Museum of Art has announced the finalists for the annual 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. One of the finalists, whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement while contributing to a new understanding of art… 

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Gibbes Museum of Art Announces Finalists for the 2019 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

By The Charleston Chronicle | November 5, 2019  The Gibbes Museum of Art announced this week the finalists for the annual 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. The 2019 finalists are Damian Stamer, Donte’ Hayes, Herb Parker, Martha Clippinger, Michi Meko and Stephanie Patton. One of these artists, whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement, while contributing… 

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Curator’s Choice

Regional museum curators weigh in on up-and-coming Louisiana artists BY JORDAN LAHAYE for Country Roads Magazine OCTOBER 24, 2019 It’s no secret that Louisiana—with its wild cultural mélange; its history of suffering, resilience, and joie de vivre; its landscapes of mystery and majesty—is a hotbed for artistic inspiration. Since June, Country Roads has worked to shine a brighter light… 

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Beer with a Painter: Richard Baker

“No matter what I tried, what fit best was work that involved my love of something small-scale and intimate.” by: Jennifer Samet for Hyperallergic  At the end of a rainy August day on Cape Cod, Richard Baker and I met at Edgewood Farm, a residency program at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, where… 

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