Art & Design

Bomb: Painter Kerry James Marshall

Born in 1955 Birmingham, Alabama, but reared in Chicago and inspired by Goya and comic books, Kerry James Marshall built his reputation in LA as an artist who bridged the gap between black American culture and African diaspora folk material.

Interview is from a 1998 edition of Bomb, the art quarterly

Read more HERE

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Art & Design

Jamaica's national obsession with really bad art

We scratch our heads each time we’re confronted by the Jamaican art on sale at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. It’s not just how awful it is, the ridiculously high prices, but rather what does it say about the quality of work being produced in the country?

However there is good work being done by local artists. But then you see things like this, usually in the Gleaner’s Sunday Arts section but this time on Jamdeal.com, and you have to worry for those probably poor artists who neither serve uptown tastes, nor produce the indigenous art ripping off tourists along the north coast.

Half a million dollars, this.

Marvel at ‘Young Gabriel’ HERE

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London exhibition celebrates first Jamaican immigrants

The weather was bad, the food was crap and yes there was racism, but this was a great generation…

This year is the 50th anniversary of the passenger ship Empire Windrush docking in Britain, the beginning of the first wave of Jamaican emigration to that country.

War to Windrush is showing at the Imperial War Museum, London until March 2009. Entrance is free.

Read more HERE

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Photograph: Cate Gillon/Getty

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