This is a fascinating article and series of short videos about how American museums are now collecting work by 20th- and 21st-c. African-American artists.
A quote from the article: “There was a joke for a long time that if you went into a museum, you’d think America had only two black artists — Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden — and even then, you wouldn’t see very much,” said Lowery Stokes Sims, the first African-American curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and later the president of the Studio Museum in Harlem. “I think there is a sea change finally happening. It’s not happening everywhere, and there’s still a long way to go, but there’s momentum.”
Randy Kennedy, “Black Artists and the March into the Museum, New York Times, 11/28/15.
“Adoration of the Kings.” Girolamo da Santacroce, circa 1525–30 , oil on panel, 67.7 x 81.2 cm. Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902.
The Walters Art Museum
If you’re near Baltimore, this is an important exhibit to see at the Waalters Art Museum, and here is a review by Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, October 25, 2012.
“Head of an African Man Wearing a Turban,” Peter Paul Rubens, circa 1609, oil on paper, laid down on panel, 54 x 39 cm,
Private collection, courtesy of Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd., London
A link to a discussion and images of castas paintings.
And an article by Illona Katzew, “Casta Painting: Identity and Social Stratification in Colonial Mexico.”