52 Artists: a Feminist Milestone at Aldrich Museum Includes 15 Yale Women

52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone will run at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum from June 6, 2022 TO January 8, 2023. The exhibition includes works from 15 Yale affiliated female-identifying or nonbinary artists. 52 Artists celebrates the fifty-first anniversary of the historic exhibition Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists, curated by Lucy R. Lippard and presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in …

“Lipstick Ascending” Sculptor Claes Oldenburg BA ’50 Dies at 93

Claes Oldenburg BA ’50, the Swedish-born American Pop artist known for his monumental sculptures of everyday objects, died on Monday at his home and studio in the SoHo section of Manhattan. He was 93. In the Yale Community, Oldenburg is perhaps best known for the “mysterious” appearance of his anti-war sculpture “Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks,” which was placed in …

Wangechi Mutu MFA ’00 Storm King Show until Nov. 9

Wangechi Mutu MFA ’00, the Kenyan-born multidisciplinary artist best known for her clay and bronze sculptures and collage paintings, has an exhibition of eight large-scale bronze sculptures at Storm King Art Center. The pieces are on display on Storm King’s Museum Hills until November 8. Mutu has been going to Storm King in New York’s Hudson Valley, since she was …

Obama Portrait Tour by Wiley MFA ’01 Expanded through the Fall

The Kehinde Wiley MFA ’01 and Amy Sherald paintings of the former president and first lady will head back to D.C.’s Portrait Gallery in November after having their yearlong tour expanded through the fall. The National Portrait Gallery, where presidential portraits are kept in Washington, DC, announced that two more stops have been added to the popular tour — the …

Benaroya MFA ’19 and Okpokwasili BA ’96 Featured in NY Mag Approval Matrix

Two Yale alumnae Okwui Okpokwasili BA ’96 and Ana Benaroya MFA ’19 were recently featured in New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix. The Approval Matrix is a bi-weekly guide the magazine creates to what they consider “highbrow, lowbrow, despicable, and brilliant.” Both Okpokwasili and Benaroya were featured in the guide’s brilliant highbrow section. Benaroya was featured for her “can’t-look-away paintings at …

Justine Kurland MFA ’98 on her SCUMB Manifesto Book

Justine Kurland MFA ’98 was recently interviewed by The Guardian about her new book, SCUMB Manifesto, a collection of collaged images from renowned books by white male photographers. The project, Kurland notes, is inspired by Valeria Solanas’s SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto. The acronym for Kurland’s project is the same, with the addition of “B” which stands for …

Vaughn Spann ’18 on 9 Black Artists He’s Excited About Now

As a burgeoning collector, Vaughn Spann ’18 constantly on the lookout for promising young talents gathering momentum, and older artists whose flowers are long overdue. Since he started acquiring works in earnest in 2018, Spann’s collection has grown to include more than 150 works—many of them by an intergenerational swathe of Black artists that includes Alteronce Gumby, Stanley Whitney, Titus Kaphar, and Otis Kwame …

Courtney Martin ’09 PhD and Director YCBA curates Bridget Riley for YCBA

The Yale Center for British Art Director Courtney Martin ’09 PhD organized the first American museum survey in more than 20 years of Bridget Riley, an artist who has been celebrated in Britain as a national treasure.  The exhibition, Bridget Riley: Perpetual Abstraction, is on display at the YCBA until July 24, 2022. Britain’s pre-eminent abstract painter looks anew at …

7 School of Art Alumni Named 2022 Guggenheim Fellows

On April 7, 2022, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of 180 exceptional individuals. Chosen from a rigorous application and peer review process out of almost 2500 applicants, these successful applicants were appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. Listed below is 7 …