The Burns Halperin Report by Artnet, which claims to reveal an “entrenched system of racism and sexism” in…
Artnet News released its 2022 Burns Halperin Report at the end of last year. It has, or had, legs in the media, with uncritical recapitulations of its claims appearing in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Artforum, The Art Newspaper, Financial Times,
The books listed below suggest that February might be better called Black Histories Month, given that Black American artists and their artistic methods, personal philosophies, and aspirations have taken different routes. These divergences are both more compelling to study and more accurate to reality than picturing the past in overly broad strokes. Some books are easier to find than others. All are worth the effort.
If the art industry press has paid less attention to Richard Hunt than to other Chicago artists (e.g., Kerry James Marshall , William Pope L., Theaster Gates, Gladys Nilsson, Roger Brown, Christina Ramberg, etc.) or other Black American artists who work in sculpture