Black Art Doesn’t Have to be Black

Black Art Doesn’t Have to be Black

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.

“Since it’s a non-thematic group show, we did not approach this exhibition with a particular theme,” assistant curator Naima J. Keith told the Capital. “The criterion was: emerging artists who have not had any major museum attention. It’s 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.