Art of the New Civil Rights Era

Didier William, Broken Skies: Te a mi, 2019, Acrylic, wood carving, and collage on panel, 65 x 102 inches [courtesy of the artist and James Fuentes Gallery, New York]

In January 2020, ART PAPERS reached out to a group of curators, writers, educators, and art historians, offered them an outline of the Spring 2020 issue's theme, and invited them to contribute to this dossier by selecting an artist to spotlight with a short text. The prompt called for artists whose work contributes a vital perspective on the context of contemporary civil rights discourse, with a special emphasis on artists who might not yet be highly recognizable to a broad audience.

The following artist spotlights came in answer to that call. The authors represent established, mid-career, and emerging cultural producers‚ many of whom have worked directly with the artists they chose to feature.