Black Art Doesn’t Have to be Black

What's the definition of black art?

In a new piece for Capital, writer Melissa Smith delves into the notion of black artists whose work is not¬†necessarily¬†“black.”

Must black artists be relegated to only creating art that¬†explicitly¬†features black people or black culture? The Studio Museum in Harlem doesn’t think so and their new series Fore underscores that message.

‚ÄúSince it’s a non-thematic group show, we did not approach this exhibition with a particular theme,‚ÄĚ assistant curator Naima J. Keith told the Capital. ‚ÄúThe criterion was: emerging artists who have not had any major museum attention. It‚Äôs just a moment where we could debut a number of artists we had our eye on and had something interesting to say.”

Head to Capital to see more of the artwork.