American artist Titus Kaphar painted the portrait that appears on the June 15, 2020 cover of TIME.

Cover of June 15, 2020 issue of TIME, featuring Analogous Colors (2020) by Titus Kaphar. Artwork © Titus Kaphar
Cover of June 15, 2020 issue of TIME, featuring Analogous Colors (2020) by Titus Kaphar. Artwork © Titus Kaphar
Cover of June 15, 2020 issue of TIME, featuring Analogous Colors (2020) by Titus Kaphar. Artwork © Titus Kaphar

The cover image of Time magazine’s June 15, 2020 issue features a harrowing painting by artist Titus Kaphar. The issue features a special report on the nationwide protests in the U.S. brought on by police actions that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Titus Kaphar’s painting, titled Analogous Colors, depicts an African-American mother holding her child, represented by an empty silhouette. Kaphar cut out the canvas where the child was, showing the mother holding the contour of her loss. …


Looking at art through the eyes of contemporary artists.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Artists on Art video series features contemporary artists speaking on works from the museum’s art collection. Looking at art through their eyes, we hear directly from artists about artworks that inspire them and have fed their own creativity.

The Treachery of Images or Ceci n’est pas une pipe (This is not a pipe) by René Magritte
The Treachery of Images or Ceci n’est pas une pipe (This is not a pipe) by René Magritte
Photo: “The Treachery of Images” (1928–9) or “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”) by René Magritte, 1898-1967. The work is now owned by and exhibited at LACMA.

1. John Baldessari on René Magritte

John Baldessari speaks on The Treachery of Images (“This is Not a Pipe”) by René Magritte. John Baldessari is one of today’s most influential artists, both as teacher and practitioner. His range of work — photography, paintings, prints, artist’s books, and videos — has been celebrated internationally in numerous exhibitions.

2. Ed Ruscha on Marcel Duchamp

Ed Ruscha speaks on With Hidden Noise by Marcel Duchamp. An icon of West Coast Pop, Ed Ruscha is known for his works in a wide variety of media; his images are typically text-based and/or depict the deadpan yet nonetheless expressive landscapes of his adoptive state of California. He frequently portrays gas stations, parking lots, swimming pools, the Hollywood sign, and many other aspects of Los Angeles and its surroundings. …


Influential African-American Artists To Celebrate

Black artists have shared powerful portrayals of the struggles and triumphs of African Americans through their paintings, sculptures, photos, and other artworks. Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, Jacob Lawrence, and other artists help to illuminate the African-American perspective to the world.

The African-American artists here all hail from relatively recent times, and have had a huge influence on the modern and contemporary art scene.

Jean-Michel Basquiat wearing an American football helmet (1981). Photo: © Edo Bertoglio, courtesy of Maripol, Artwork
Jean-Michel Basquiat wearing an American football helmet (1981). Photo: © Edo Bertoglio, courtesy of Maripol, Artwork
Jean-Michel Basquiat wearing an American football helmet (1981). Photo: © Edo Bertoglio, courtesy of Maripol, Artwork: © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York.

1. Jean Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was an American artist with Haitian and Puerto Rican roots. …


Remembering the artworks by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

On May 31, 2020, the Bulgarian artist Christo passed away at his home in New York City at the age of 84. From early wrapped objects to large-scale outdoor projects, the artworks of Christo and Jeanne-Claude brought people together in shared experiences all around the world. These monumental projects will live on forever in our hearts and memories.

Below, our top book picks remembering the installations created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude over their lifetimes:

First available as a signed Collector’s Edition designed by Christo himself, this is the most comprehensive overview of Christo and Jeanne-Claude to date. Hundreds of photographs and drawings trace the couple’s unparalleled oeuvre and offer a glimpse at works like The Abu Dhabi Mastaba and L’Arc de Triomphe Wrapped, Paris.


British street artist Banksy showed a new artwork to the world on Saturday, June 6. The work features the American flag lit by a candle at a memorial for an anonymous black silhouette.

Banksy’s tribute to George Floyd (American flag lit by a candle at a memorial for an anonymous black silhouette)
Banksy’s tribute to George Floyd (American flag lit by a candle at a memorial for an anonymous black silhouette)
Photo: banksy

The artwork appears at a time when thousands of people are taking to the streets in cities around the world to protest the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis, USA. Floyd died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes.

“People of colour are being failed by the system. …

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