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Arthur Jafa

Exhibition Catalogs, Monographs, and General Publications
Emelife, Aindrea. A Brief History of Protest Art. London: Tate, 2022.
Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America. New York: New Museum, 2021.
Arthur Jafa. Paris: Cahiers d’Art, 2020.
MAGNUMB. Humlebæk: Louisiana Museum of Art, 2020.
Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbably, Yet Extraordinary Renditions. London: The Serpentine/Koenig Books; Berlin: The Stoschek Foundation, 2017.
Love is The Message, The Message is Death. New York: Gavin Brown’s Enterprise; Los Angeles: TNEG; OSK, 2016.
Jafa, Arthur. My Black Death. New York: Publication Studio Hudson; Pilot Editions, 2015.
Tate, Greg. Everything but the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture. New York: Broadway Books, 2003.
hooks, bell. Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies. New York: Routledge, 1996.
Dent, Gina ed. Black Popular Culture/ A Project by Michele Wallace. Seattle: Bay Press, 1992.
Selected Articles and Reviews
Serafin, Amy. “Arthur Jafa and Sky Hopinka at Luma Arles: a tale of two Americas,” Wallpaper*, May 20, 2022.
Palumbo, Jacqui. “The Somali-French art dealer bringing Black perspectives to Paris’ gallery scene,” CNN, May 5, 2022.
Yablonsky, Linda. “FLOATING FEASTS,” Artforum, April 25, 2022.
“8 exhibitions not to be missed in April,” Numero, April 11, 2022.
Seibert, Brian. “Storyboard P: Where Is the Place for a Genius of Street Dance?,” New York Times, March 31, 2022.
Kamp, Justin. “Arthur Jafa’s Medley of Joy Everlasting Versus Hell on Earth,” Hyperallergic, March 23, 2022.
Moroz, Sarah. “Arthur Jafa: Revue Cahiers d’Art,” Brooklyn Rail, February 2022.
Duran, Maximilano. “Frieze Los Angeles Names Exhibitors for 2022 Edition in February,” Artnews, December 9, 2021.
Zhang, Lisa Yin. “Arthur Jafa, AGHDRA,” The Guide, November 2021.
“Top 100,” Monopol Magazine, December 2021.
Yablonsky, Linda. “Arthur Jafa’s new film — a post human slow-motion seascape — defies expectations and honours the Black voice,” The Art Newspaper, November 2021.
Greenberger, Alex. “In a Cryptic New Film, Arthur Jafa Inspires Awe—and Hope—for Black Futurity,” ARTnews, November 2021.
Armstrong, Annie. “Artist Arthur Jafa Takes an Abstract Turn in His First New Film Since His Golden Lion-Winning Project for the Venice Biennale,” artnetnews, November 2021.
“Design Dispatch,” Surface Magazine, November 2021.
D’Souza, Anna. “AGHDRA,” 4 Columns, November 2021.
Mitter, Siddhartha. “At His Moment of Triumph, Arthur Jafa is Looking for Trouble,” The New York Times, May 27, 2021.
McKimm, Alastair. “Arthur Jafa guest-edited the new issue of i-D,” i-D, November 2021.
“Art industry news,” Artnet News, November 2021.
Taubin, Amy. “Arthur Jafa's new wavelength,” Artforum, December 10, 2021.
“Studio Visit,” SEEN, November 19, 2021.
Wu, Simon. “AGHDRA,” Bomb Magazine, November 2021.
Jafa, Arthur ed. “The Darker Issue,” i-D, no. 365, Winter 2021.
“Art Review Power 100,” Art Review, December 2021.
“Il meglio di Art Basel Miami 2021. Da Cattelan a Rothko, le 30 cose indimenticabili della? era più bella del mondo,” ArtsLife, December 2021.
Kissick, Dean. “The Downward Spiral: Five Years,” Spike Art Magazine, December 8, 2021.
Yan, Jocelyn, ‘Black Album / White Cube’: Artists Explore Collective Resistance in Music, Electronic Beats, July 2020.
Byrt, Anthony, "22nd Biennale of Sydney," Artforum International, May 2020.
"The American Academy of Arts and Letters Presents the 2020 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts," Hyperallergic, March 2020.
“Thrilling new directions for the batida sound.,” Resident Advisor, March 2020.
Bhandara, Neville, “Artist Biraaj Dodiya unveils her debut solo at Experimenter gallery in Kolkata,” Vogue India, March 2020.
Daley, Beth, “Sydney Biennale review: an incisive global perspective on deeper crises,” The Conversation, March 2020.
Fortescue, Elizabeth, “Sydney Biennale puts climate emergency and Indigenous struggle front and centre,” The Art Newspaper, March 2020.
Schwendener, Marta, “What to See Right Now in New York Art Galleries,” The New York Times, March 2020.
Smee, Sebastian, “So you’re stuck at home. Here’s a guide to finding great art while in isolation,” The Washington Post, March 2020.
“Exodus Group Show at Watergate, Washington DC,” Artfuse, February 2020.
Gaskin, Sam, “Biennale of Sydney to Tackle Race and Colonialism,” Ocula, February 2020.
Mitchell, Amanda, “14 Black Movies That Should Have Won Oscars,” Oprah Magazine, February 2020.
Patton, Amy, “USC One Archives to Host Screening of Film on Black Trans Woman to Honor Black History Month,” The Pride LA, February 2020.
Sanders, Candace, “Creators Out of Absence: The Sacred Materials of Black Artists,” Sojourners, February 2020.
Teague, Samantha, “The 22nd Biennale of Sydney Has Unveiled Its Citywide Program of Installations, Tours and Talks,” Concrete Playground, February 2020.
Patton, Amy, “USC One Archives to Host Screening of Film on Black Trans Woman to Honor Black History Month,” The pride: The Los Angeles LGBT Newspaper, February 2020.
Rosenthal, Nora, “Here’s what’s happening for Black History Month in Montreal,” Cult #MTL, February 2020.
Block, Fang, “Keith Haring’s 1981 ‘Untitled’ to Be Auctioned for the First Time,” Barron’s, February 2020.
“Awards,” Art in America, January 2020.
Malone, Riol, "seventh heaven: This week, Métro falls for 'Love is the Message, the Message is Death', 'The Academy',” Our Bitcoins News, January 2020.
Walsh, Savannah, “All About Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’ Music Producer Husband,” Elle, January 2020.
Greenberger, Alex, “Made in L.A., Closely Watched Biennial with a Spotlight on California, Reveals Artist List for 2020 Edition,” ARTnews, January 2020.
Singer, Olivia, “Denim Tears Is Collaborating With Levi’s To Tell One Family’s Story of Black America,” Vogue, January 2020.
“What Is Contemporary Art?: MoMA Launches Free Online Course,” Art&Object, January 2020.
“Winter and Spring 2020 at the MAC: Spotlight on the Museum’s collection and spectacular works by internationally known artists,” Benzinga, January 2020.
Kinsella, Eileen, “‘They See What We Would Never Be Able to See’: Bay Area Collector Wayee Chu on What Venture Capitalists and Art Collectors Have in Common,” artnet News, January 2020.
Durkac-Somo,Thuto, “Call and Response: The Architecture of Gospel,” The Avery Review, January 2020.
Davis, Ben, “The 100 works of art that defined the decade ranked: part 4,” Artnet, January 2020.
“Who Was the Most Influential Artist of the Decade? We Surveyed Dozens of Art-World Experts to Find Out,” artnet News, December 2019.
Taubin, Amy, “Film, Amy Taubin,” Art Forum, December 2019.
“The Best Films of the decade,” Hyperallergic, December 2019.
“What was the most influential work of the decade? We surveyed dozens of artworld experts to find out,” Artnet, December 2019.
Eccles, Jeremy. “Influential Emily,” Aboriginal art Directory, December 2019.
“From the history of the festive putti to Arthur Jafa’s hefty tome: the art world’s favourite books of 2019,” The Art Newspaper, December 2019.
“What does blackness look like? Three different artists in Chicago take on the question in new exhibits,” Denton Daily, December 2019.
“12 Stories That Made Us Look at the Art World Anew,” The New York Times Style Magazine, December 2019.
“The Most Influential Artists of 2019,” Artsy, December 2019.
Block, Fang. “As Women and Artists of Color Gain Recognition, Top Collectors Get More Diverse,” PENTA, December 2019.
“Trump-- bad! Migrants-- good! Venice Biennale is liberal establishment smugness as art,” Stock Daily Dish, December 2019.
Obenson, Tambay, “Influencers: Arthur Jafa, the archivist of black visual culture,” IndieWire, December 2019.
Solway, Diane. “Kahlil Joseph is challenging representations of black life in America,” Surface, December 2019.
Smith, Roberta. “A Sea Change in the Art World, Made by Black Creators,” The New York Times, November 2019.
Flucker, Dominique. “Meet Guggenheim’s First Black Curator, Ashley James,” Forbes, November 2019.
“ICA Miami adds more than 100 works to its collection,” Artforum, November 2019.
“The most important artworks of the 2010s,” Artnews, November 2019.
Cohen, Alina. “Why Video is the art form of the moment,” Artsy, November 2019.
Waddoups, Ryan. “Swizz Beatz and Kehinde Wiley are inspiring tomorrow’s Artists,” Surface Magazine, November 2019.
Boucher, Brian. “What Is Pace Planning for Its Hotly Anticipated ‘Live’ Division? The Inaugural Program Includes a Celebration of Black Creativity,” Artnet News, November 2019.
Ables, Kelsey. “World-class conceptual art pops up in a vacant bank at the Watergate,” The Washington Post, November 2019.
Goldstein, Caroline. “From Auction Antics in New York to Historic Flooding in Venice: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week,” Artnet News, November 2019.
Blythe, Finn. “Arthur Jafa On His Groundbreaking Film Love Is the Message, Three Years On,” Another Man, November 2019.
“2019 Power 100,” ArtReview, November 2019.
Duron, Maximiliano. “Met’s Head of Education Named Director of L.A.’s Lucas Museum,” Artnet News, October 2019.
Freeman, Nate. “Just in Time for Trump’s Impeachment, the Watergate Is Back in the Spotlight—as a Place to Show Contemporary Art,” ArtNet, October 2019.
Halle, Howard. “Five essential things you need to know about the new MoMA,” TimeOut New York, October 2019.
Da Costa, Cassie. “MAGA-era Kanye West Turns to God but Serves Himself in ‘Jesus Is King’,” Dailybeast, October 2019.
Smith, Roberta. “MoMA’s Art Treasure, No Longer Buried,” The New York Times, October 2019.
Lee, Vivian. “Two Leading Filmmakers Team Up on an Experimental Work About African American Healing,” Observer, October 2019.
Weber, Jasmine. “Week in Review: Hundreds March in Anti-Columbus Day Tour, Fatal Accident at the Brooklyn Museum.” Hyperallergic, October 2019.
Valentine, Victoria L. “Latest News in African American Art: Arthur Jafa Wins PIAC, Black Last Supper Uncovered, Firelei Báez at ICA Boston, Nick Cave Among ‘Greats,’ Simone Leigh Acquisition & More,” Culture Type, October 2019.
“Art Industry News: Is Banksy’s New Website a Ploy to Take His Own Skyrocketing Secondary Market In-House? + Other Stories,” Artnet News, October 2019.
Smith, Roberta. “MoMA’s Art Treasure, No Longer Buried,” The New York Times, October 2019.
Biyani, Harsh. “Seven winners for the Prince Pierre Foundation,” Monaco Tribune, October 2019.
“Arthur Jafa Wins $83,000 International Prize for Contemporary Art,” Artforum, October 2019.
“Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco,” E-Flux, October 2019.
Gipson, Amarie. “At MCA Chicago, Captivating Collection Show Celebrates Blackness Through American History,” ArtNews, October 2019.
“Galeria Municipal do Porto,” E-Flux, October 2019.
Lynch, Scott. “Photos: Inside The Renovated And Expanded MoMA,” Gothamist, October 2019.
Laterman, Kaya. “How Linda Goode Bryant, Social Activist, Spends Her Sundays,” The New York Times, October 2019.
“BAM and Aperture Present Moderated Discussion The New Black Vanguard,” Broadway World, October 2019.
Cohen, Alina. “The 15 Best Booths at Frieze London and Frieze Masters,” Artsy, October 2019.
Riefe, Jordan. ‘“Arrival’ Cinematographer Bradford Young Dives Into Fine Arts With ‘Back and Song,’” The Hollywood Reporter, October 2019.
Searle, Adrian, Jonathan Jones, Sean O’Hagan and Hettie Judah. “The best art of the 21st century,” The Guardian, September 2019.
“listen in on a phone call between virgil abloh and arthur jafa,” i-D, September 2019.
Holth, Madeleine. “5 books to help you see like an artist, by Samuel Ross of A-Cold-Wall*,” Document, September 2019.
“ARTnews Celebrates Launch of Redesigned Top 200 Collectors Issue,” ARTnews, September 2019.
“Art Industry News: Is This Video Installation by Ragnar Kjartansson the Best Artwork of the 21st Century? + Other Stories,” ArtNet News, September 2019.
“Amira Gad Joins Lehmann Maupin as Artistic Director, Kasmin Now Represents Ali Banisadr, and More,” Artforum, September 2019.
Greenberger, Alex. “Biennale of Sydney Releases Artist List for 2020 Edition With Focus on Indigenous Artists,”ArtNews, September 2019.
Bukuts, Carina. “Highlights from ‘Various Others’ – Munich’s Gallery-Share Initiative,” Frieze, September 2019.
Mansfield, Katie. “Richard Schlagman Art Book Awards winners revealed,” The Bookseller, September 2019.
Mercado, Arianna. “Another look at Venice Biennale: Living in interesting times,” Philstar Global, September 2019.
Dambrot, Shana. “Best of L.A.Arts: Artist Genevieve Gaignard,” LA Weekly, August 2019.
“Art Industry News: The Museum of Ice Cream Just Got Sprinkled With a $200 Million Valuation + Other Stories,” Artnet News, August 2019.
Holmes, Helen. “Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys Are Building an Arts Center to Foster Talent in Upstate New York,” Observer, August 2019.
“Art Industry News: A Viral Instagram Hoax Has Been Tricking Famous Artists (But Not Kara Walker) + Other Stories,” artnet news, August 2019.
Vartanian, Hrag. “Required Reading,” Hyperallergic, August 2019.
O’Grady, Megan. “Arthur Jafa in Bloom,” The New York Times Style Magazine, August 2019.
Cascone, Sarah. “Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys Are Opening an Art and Music Center in Upstate New York to Build ’a Global Creative Community,”‘ Artnet News, August 2019.
Keener, Katherine. “Pace Gallery Hires Hirshhorn Museum Curator Mark Beasley to Head Up Its New ‘Live’ Art Program in New York,” ArtCritique, August 2019.
Freeman, Judith. “May We Live in Interesting Times,” Los Angeles Review of Books, July 2019.
Jungerius, Mechteld. “Paper Media: Boetti, Calzolari, Kounellis,” TL Magazine, July 2019.
Brooks, David. “Who Will Teach Us How to Feel?” The New York Times, July 2019.
Aton, Francesca. “Venice Biennale,” Art in America, May 2019.
Paige, Jameson. “Proposals for an In/ Exhaustible Image of Identity,” The Seen Journal, Summer 2019.
Noble, Kathy. “I Love Myself I Want You To Love Me,” Mousse Magazine, July 2019.
Keener, Katherine. “25 Artists That Have Defined Contemporary Art,” ArtCritique, July 2019.
“Arthur Jafa’s ‘A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions,’ Moderna Museet, Stockholm,” Blouin Art Info, July 2019.
Yoon, Soyoung. “King’s Speech: On Arthur Jafa’s akingdoncomethas,” Millennium Film Journal, Spring 2019.
Lescaze, Zoe. “The 25 Works of Art That Define the Contemporary Age,” The New York Times Style Magazine, July 2019.
Knight, Christina. “Feeling and Falling in Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, the Message is Death,” The Black Scholar, July 2019.
“The 58th Venice Biennale: A Response To Greed and Fear,” FAD Magazine, July 2019.
“Venice Biennale Artists Out in Force at Art Basel,” Art News, June 2019.
Shim, Soo-Min. “Review: Love is the Message, The Message is Death, Sydney Opera House,” ArtsHub, June 2019.
Valentine, Victoria L. “United Talent Agency Taps Arthur Lewis to Lead UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space,” Culture Type, June 2019.
Larson, Kristin. “Partying for Virgil,” WWD, June 2019.
Estiler, Keith. “Five Most Underrated Booths at Art Basel 2019 to Check Out,” Hypebeast, June 2019.
Harris, Gareth. “Serpentine Galleries chief Yana Peel resigns amid controversy over Israeli cybersecurity firm,” The Art Newspaper, June 2019.
Carrigan, Margaret.”Now Showing: Why Do Art Fairs Neglect Video Art?” The Art Newspaper, June 2019.
Clyatt, Bob. “Martin Puryear: Liberty/Liberta at Venice Biennale, American Pavilion,” Whitehot Magazine, June 2019.
“The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco and PIAC Artistic Committee Congratulate the Artists Shortlisted for this Year’s Award,” e-flux, June 2019.
Voon, Claire. “Off-White Cube: Fashion Designer Virgil Abloh Gets First Major Show,” The Art Newspaper, June 2019.
Valentine, Victoria, L. “58th Venice Biennale: Arthur Jafa Wins Golden Lion Award, Top Artist Prize,” Culture Type, June 2019.
“When fans go stan,” ABC Australia, May 2019.
“Meet Arthur Jafa, the Solange and Spike Lee Collaborator,” Nowness, May 2019.
Rees, Sarah. “For Arthur Jafa, Black art is the heart of America,” Sydney Opera House Trust, May 2019.
Story, Hannah. “Arthur Jafa on Kanye West, The Art of Collage & Being Drawn to The Disturbing,” The Music, May 2019.
“The Artists Depicting African and Black Realities at the Venice Biennale,” ELEPHANT, May 2019.
“Undeniably Experimental, Undeniably Black: Bay Area Curatorial Collective the Black Aesthetic,” e-flux, May 2019.
Brain, Eric. “Virgil Abloh Drops MCA Chicago Exhibition ‘Figures of Speech’ Merch,” HYPEBEAST, May 2019.
Farago, Jason. “The Venice Biennale: The Artistic Equivalent of Top of the Pops,” The Independent, May 2019.
Krishnamachari, Bose. “An artist’s notes from the Venice Biennale,” Forbes India, May 2019.
“M+, West Kowloon Cultural District,” e-flux, May 2019.
Hore-Thorburn, Isabelle. “Virgil Abloh & Pioneer DJ Collaborate as Part of ‘FIGURES OF SPEECH’ Exhibition,” Highsnobiety, May 2019.
Jones, Jonathan. “Cartoon Cats, Doomed Sunbathers and The Sound of Hogarth’s London-The Week in Art,” The Guardian, May 2019.
Kale, Neha. “Arthur Jafa: ‘I’m Not Going to Decentre Blackness In My Work,’” The Sydney Morning Herald, May 2019.
“Arthur Jafa and Black Cinema,” Filmfest Munchen, May 2019.
Feaver, Dorothy. “Venice Biennale 2019: The A/V Works with Sound and Music at Their Core,” Vinyl Factory, May 2019.
“The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco Announces 2019 PIAC - Prix International d’Art Contemporain Shortlist,” Blouin Art Info, May 2019.
Weber, Jasmine. “Art Movements,” Hyperallergic, May 2019.
Julious, Britt. “Friday Night Soundtrack Summer Program at the MCA Connects Music, Art and The City,” Chicago Tribune, May 2019.
Buck, Louisa. “Every Highlight From This Year’s Venice Biennale,” The Telegraph, May 2019.
Goldstein, Andrew. “Why TV Executives Should Make Artist Khalil Joseph’s ‘BLKNEWS,’ a Hit at the Venice Biennale, Into a Real Cable News Program,” Artnet News, May 2019.
Sutton, Benjamin. “Arthur Jafa and Lithuania’s Pavilion Received the Top Prize at the Venice Biennale,” Artsy, May 2019.
Cornachio, Jon. “MoMA Exhibit Looks Back on Twenty Years of Watershed Installations,” The Architects Newspaper, May 2019.
Davis, Ben. “Can’t Make It to the Venice Biennale? See Work by Every Artist in the Arsenale Section of the Sprawling Exhibition,” artnet news, May 2019.
Cumming, Laura. “Venice Biennale 2019 review - Preaching to the Converted,” The Guardian, May 2019.
Harris, Gareth. “Lithuania Gets The Coveted Golden Lion for Best National Pavilion in Venice,” The Art Newspaper, May 2019.
“Nearly 10,000 People Visit Russian Pavilion at Venice Biennale in Five Days,” TASS, May 2019.
Gompertz, Will. “Will Gompertz Reviews the 2019 Venice Art Biennale,” BBC News, May 2019.
“Arthur Jafa, Lithuania Win Top Prizes at Venice Biennale,” Art News, May 2019.
“Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco,” e-flux, May 2019.
ElGenaidi, Deena. “British Museum Receives Damien Hirst’s Frank Dunphy Portraits, and Brooklyn Museum Announces Major Acquisitions,” Hyperallergic, May 2019.
Davis, Laura. “Stolen Island Inspires Tate Liverpool’s Latest Exhibition Announcement,” Liverpool Echo, April 2019.
“What’s on this week in Liverpool 23rd-28th April 2019, The Guide Liverpool, April 2019.
Nordby Wernø, Johanne. “Frida Orupabo and Arthur Jafa,” Artforum, March 2019.
Fortescue, Elizabeth. “Indigenous and First Nation artists to take centre stage at next Biennale of Sydney,” The Art Newspaper, April 2019.
Armstrong, Annie. “Here’s the Shortlist for the $85,000 Prix International d’Art Contemporain,” ART News, April 2019.
Kane, Ashleigh. “Tyler Mitchell Isn’t Just Making Fashion Image - He’s Making History,” AnOther, April 2019.
Weber, Jasmine. “Art Movements,” Hyperallergic, April 2019.
Lynne, Jessica. “Friday Orupabo & Arthur Jafa: Medicine for a Nightmare,” The Brooklyn Rail, April 2019.
Scrimgeour, Alexander. “Arthur Jafa: ‘A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions,’” Spike Art Magazine, April 2019.
Neutze, Ben. “Here’s what we know about next year’s Sydney Biennale,” Time Out Sydney, April 2019.
“Artistic Director Brook Andrew Announces the First 33 Artists To Be Seen in 2020 Sydney Biennale,” The Daily Telegraph, April 2019.
Albert, Jane. “The First Artists Have Been Announced for the 2020 Biennale of Sydney,” Broadsheet, April 2019.
Jefferson, Dee. “22nd Biennale of Sydney Puts Art from the “Edge’ at Centre, Celebrating First Nations and Diaspora Artists,” ABC News, April 2019.
Specter, Emma. “Arthur Jafa and Ming Smith Get Real in Swizz Beatz’s New Video Series,” Garage, March 2019.
“MoMA Names Thomas J. Lax Curator of Media and Performance Art,” Artforum, March 2019.
Blakeney, Barney. “Lessane Leaves Avery After a Decade of Groundbreaking Accomplishments,” The Charleston Chronicle, March 2019.
Singer, Fanny. “Arthur Jafa’s ‘The White Album’,” Art Agenda, March 2019.
“Servico Social do Comercio - Sesc,” e-flux, March 2019.
Valentine, Victoria L. “2019 Venice Biennale Artist List is Out, Selection Includes Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Arthur Jafa, Kahlil Joseph, Julie Mehretu, Zanele Muholi, and Henry Taylor,” Culture Type, March 2019.
Smee, Sebastian. “Who Wants to Join the Cult of Video Artist Matthew Barney,” The Washington Post, March
Russeth, Andrew. “Here’s the 2019 Venice Biennale Artist List,” Art News, March 2019.
Bettridge, Thom. “Group Chat: The Oral History of Virgil Abloh,” GQ, March 2019.
“The Artists Who Will be Featured in the Central Exhibitions at the 2019 Venice Biennale Were Revealed,” Artsy, March 2019.
Waxman, Lori. “What Does Blackness Look Like? Three Different Artists in Chicago Take on the Question in New Exhibits,” Chicago Tribune, February 2019.
Hotchkiss, Sarah. “Arthur Jafa Does Not Want to Be Known as ‘The Found Footage Guy,’” KQED Arts, February 2019.
Gardner, Chris. “Inside Swizz Beatz’s Art Show with Jay-Z, Beyonce and Pharrell Williams,” The Hollywood Reporter, February 2019.
Santi, Christina. “Jay-Z, Beyonce & Others Attend Swizz Beatz- Presented Art Exhibit,” Ebony, February 2019.
Scruggs, Danielle. “Meet the Curator Working With Swizz Beatz to Showcase the ‘Black Renaissance’ Happening in Art,” Observer, February 2019.
Muhammad, Ismail. “Whiteness and Aesthetic Failure: Arthur Jafa’s The White Album,” Open Space, February 2019.
Neuendorf, Henri. “Swizz Beats is Bringing a Supergroup of Black Artists to Los Angeles for a Special Show During Frieze,” Artnet News, February 2019.
McCallum, Robert. “Robert Hood’s sanctuary in techno,” DJ Mag, January 2019.
Little, Colony. “In ‘The White Album,’ Arthur Jafa Invents a New Film Language to Take on the Clichés of Empathy,” Artnet News, January 2019.
“Bell, Cameron, “Museum Exhibits to See Around the Bay Area in the Coming Months,” The Daily Californian, January 2019.
Harris, Gareth. “Arthur Jafa’s Searing Chronicle of Black America Comes to Tate Liverpool,” The Art Newspaper, January 2019.
Kalai, Leonidas. “Arthur Jafa: Love is The Message, The Message is Death at the Tate Liverpool,” Art Critique, January 2019.
Johnston, Raymond. “Arthur Jafa at the Rudolfinum,” Prague TV, January 2019.
Weber, Jasmine. “Pérez Art Museum Miami Offers Free Admission and Part-Time Work to Furloughed Workers,” Hyperallergic, January 2019.
Estiler, Keith. “MCA Chicago Releases Advance Tickets for Virgil Abloh’s ‘Figures of Speech’ Exhibition,” Hypebeast, January 2019.
Sargent, Antwaun. “Black Cinema Pioneer Arthur Jafa’s New Film Dissects the Problems of ‘Whiteness’,” Artsy, December 2018.
Greenberger, Alex. “The Year in Screens – With 3D Teddy Bears, Absconded Identities, Violent Comedy, and More,” Art News, December 2018.
Croker, Nash. “Arthur Jafa Exhibits Whiteness at BAMPFA,” The Daily Californian, December 2018.
Johnson, Myles E. “Arthur Jafa Teaches Us How to Create The Black Gaze,” Afropunk,
December 2018.
Connolly, Holly. “The Stories Behind Some of Deana Lawson’s Most Powerful Photographs,” DAZED, December 2018.
“Arthur Jafa’s New Film ‘The White Album’,” E-Flux, December 2018.
“Art Industry News: Marina Abramovic and James Turrell Are Teaming Up to Design a Spa + Other Stories; Plus, Arthur Jafa’s latest work explores whiteness and Julie Mehretu is getting an ambitious cross-country survey next year,” Artnet, December 2018.
“A Guide to Every VF Label Release of 2018,” VF, December 2018.
Gebreyesus, Ruth. “Why The Film-maker Behind ‘Love is The Message’ Is Turning His Lens to Whiteness,” The Guardian, December 2018.
“Morning Links: ‘Little Dancer’ Edition,” ArtNews, December 2018.
Yu, Brandon. “Arthur Jafa’s New Work Continues to Examine the Dynamics of Race,”East Bay Express, December 2018.
Wolukau-Wanambwa, Stanley. “A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions,” Cultured Magazine, Fall 2018.
Binlot, Ann. “Virgil Abloh and Grace Wales Bonner imagine their ideal cities,” Document, December 2018.
Smee, Sebastian. “Art in 2018: From ‘Nanette’ to The Carters—Everyone Got Into The Action,” The Washington Post, December 2018.
Perlson, Hili. ‘“A Pair of Socks Can Be Made Into High Fashion Using Intellect’: Virgil Abloh on Why Streetwear Is The Readymade Art of Our Time,” Artnet News, December 2018.
Hubert, Craig. “Nostrand Avenue, A Train, Notorious B.I.G. Inspire Rising Photographer Deana Law- son,” Brownstoner, November 2018.
Hannah Stamler. “Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Impr 2018.obable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions,” The Brooklyn Rail, November 2018.
Valentine, Victoria L. “Latest News in African American Art: Smithsonian Acquires Arthur Jafa’s ‘Love is the Message,’ Kapwani Kiwanga Wins Sobey Art Award & More,” Culture Type, November 2018.
“Art Industry News: Italy’s Far Right is Using da Vinci Artworks as a Negotiation Weapon + Other Stories,” Artnet News, November 2018.
Sánchez, Bianca. “Smithsonian Adds Arthur Jafa’s ‘Love is the Message, The Message is Death’ to the Collections,” Smithsonian, November 2018.
“Arthur Jafa / MATRIX 272,” BAMPHA, November 2018.
Sargent, Antwaun. “Akinola Davies Jr. Is Reclaiming African Treasures Stolen by White Colonizers,” Vice, November 2018.
Calloway, Masha. “Black Being Being Black,” Ubkwist Magazine, November 2018.
Ellaya, Chanelle. “Jenn Nkiru to Deliver Closing Keynote Speech at PromaxBDA Africa 2018,” Screen Africa, October 2018.
Arthur Jafa in conversation with Deana Lawson, “Working this Destiny,” Garage, September 2018.
Armstrong, Annie. “Deana Lawson Photographs Rihanna for Garage Magazine,” ArtNews, September 2018.
McQuaid, Cate. “The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world,” The Boston Globe, August 2018.
Scott, Liz. “The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week,” Miami New Times, August 2018.
Hunter-Young, Nataleah. “Look What’s Possible,” Canadian Art, August 2018.
“Why Fashion Needs a Third Summer of Love,” Hypebeast, August 2018.
“Arthur Jafa’s “Love is the Message, the Message is Death” at PAMM,” Blouin ArtInfo, August 2018.
Press, Clayton. “Two Artists. Two Visions. One America. Arthur Jafa and David Wojnarowicz,” Forbes, July 2018.
L’Official, Peter. “The Visual Frequency of Black Life,” The Paris Review, July 2018.
“This Week in Art: Radiohead, Tanglewood and Lucinda Childs,” The New York, July 2018. Everything You Should See (and Eat) at Arles’ Photography Festival,” AnOther, July 2018.
McQuaid, Cate. “At the ICA, throwing conceptual grenades,” The Boston Globe, June 2018.
Copeland, Huey. “b.O.s. 1.3 / Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death / Huey Copeland,” ASAP, June 2018.
Teicholz, Tom. “2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts Important and Necessary,” Forbes, June 2018.
Yablonsky, Linda. “Arthur Jafa mines American ‘Blacknuss’ in Harlem,” The Art Newspaper, May 2018.
Mitter, Siddhartha. “Arthur Jafa Taps Into the Underground Current of Blacknuss,” Village Voice, May 2018.
Kufer, Katrina. “Revealed: Herb Alpert Award 2018 Winners,” Harper’s Bazaar, May 2018.
“CalArts Names 5 Herb Alpert Award Recipients for 2018,” SCV news, May 2018.
Kane, Asleigh. “Arthur Jafa embodies one of the US’s earliest known trans women in new show,” Dazed, May 2018.
“Nominees withdraw from all-male shortlist for Belgian art prize,” Apollo, May 2018.
Tate, Greg. “ARTHUR JAFA Air above mountains, Unknown pleasures,” Cura, May 2018.
Pavlou, Josh. “Gucci is making a film series inspired by Acid House,” Stoney Roads, May 2018.
Valentine, Victoria. “The Week in African American Art: 7 Board Resignations at Chicago’s DuSable Museum, Naima Keith is Co-Organizing Prospect.5 in New Orleans, VMFA Acquisitions & More,” Culture Type, May 2018.
Holbrook, Cameron. “Gucci Commissions A New Acid House Inspired Film Series,” Mix Mag, May 2018.
Selvin, Claire. “Herb Alpert Foundation Give $75,000 Awards to Five Artists,” Art News, May 2018.
“2018 Herb Alpert Award Winners Announced,” Artforum, May 2018.
Dixson, Brennon. “Five artists receive $75,000 prize,” The Signal, May 2018.
“2018 Herb Alpert Award Winners Announced,” Artfourm, May 2018.
Smith, Roberta. “Arthur Jafa’s Profound Meditations on Black America,” The New York Times, May 2018.
Estiller, Keith. “Arthur Jafa Opens ‘Air Above Mountains, Unknown Pleasures’ Exhibition in NYC,” Hypebeast, May 2018.
St. Felix, Doreen. “The Carnage and Chaos of Childish Gambino’s “This is America,” The New Yorker, May 2018.
Amoako, Aida. “The Afrofuturist Instagram Account reimagining the Black Experience”, Another Magazine, May 2018.
Carr, Julie. “Who Decides What Is Violent in the Museum?”, Hyperallergic, May 2018.
Dafoe, Taylor. “Swizz Beatz Is Giving Out Money to Artists So That They Can Put on Their Own Shows”, Artnet News, May 2018.
Smith, Roberta. “Amid the Bloat at Frieze, Art Worth Seeking Out,” The New York Times, May 2018.
Helfet, Gabriela. “The Store X The Vinyl Factory presents collaborative New Museum exhibition Strange Days: Memories of the Future,” The Vinyl Factory, May 2018.
Smith, Zadie. “Deana Lawson’s Kingdom of Restored Glory,” The New Yorker, May 2018.
Schuster, Angela M. H. “Behind the Scenes at Frieze New York,” Robb Report, April Blatton, Phoebe, “The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend in Berlin”. Ocula, April 2018.
“Filmmaker Arthur Jafa Joins Stink For Worldwide Representation,” Shoot, April 2018.
Richard, Kimberly. “DMA Explores Artist’s Evolution During Dallas Arts Month,” NBCDFW April 2018.
Nate, Freeman. “The Messenger: How a video by Arthur Jafa became a worldwide sensation-and described America to itself”, Art News, Spring 2018.
McLaughlin, Rosanna. “Sondra Perry: Typhoon Coming On,” Frieze, March 2018.
Fialho, Alex. “Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel,” Artforum, March 2018.
Montes, Bianca. “March brings to Dallas the acclaimed exhibition of Laura Owens,” Park Cities People, March 2018.
“¿Que Pasa? – Week of 02/28/18”, La Voz Colorado, February 2018.
Cruz, Mariel. “L.A.’s Cool Kids Gather to Celebrate a Super Fly Fashion Collaboration at the Underground Museum”, Vogue, February 2018.
“The infective groove of black pictures,” Faz, February 2018.
Clayton, Jace. “As Brilliant as the Sun,” Frieze, Feburary 2018.
Froebe, Lola. “Ausstellung: Arthur Jafa in Julia Stoschek Collection,” Hey woman!, February 2018.
Kedves, Jan. “Portrat Arthur Jafa,” Monopol, February 2018.
Helfet, Gabriela. “Arthur Jafa releases live jazz ensemble performance as hand signed
Finney, Alice. “Arthur Jafa’s Mew Berlin Exhibition is a Diatribe Against Whiteness,” Indie, February 2018.
Fischer, Josh. “Mark your calendars: Winter/Spring Preview 2018,” & Big Red and Shiny, January 2018.
“Julia Stoschek Collection,” E-flux, January 2018.
Duron, Maximilliano. “United States Artists Names 2018 Fellows, Including Dread Scott, Pepón Osorio, and Cassils,” ArtNews, January 2018.
Callahan, Maura. “Baltimore-area artists awarded prestigious $50,000 fellowships from United States Artists,” Beat, January 2018.
“What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts?,” The Charlotte Observer, January 2018.
Cygan, Justin. “The Museum of Contemporary Art’s must see winter exhibitions,” DU Clarion, January 2018.
“The Year in Visual Culture” Artsy, December 2017.
Spice, Anton. “The complete Store X The Vinyl Factory 2017 collected in new book,” The Vinyl Factory, December 2017.
Fite-Wassilak, Chris. “Arthur Jafa: What We Don’t See,” Chris Fite-Wassilak – Wordpress, December 2017.
Carrigan, Margaret. “Curator Mark Beasley Highlights Video and Music in His Hirshhorn Debut,” Observer, December 2017.
Cumming, Laura. “Laura Cumming’s best art of 2017,” The Guardian, December 2017.
Randall, Kayla. “To Do Today: The Message: New Media Works, Simple Plan, and Cirque Dreams Holidaze,” Washington City Paper, December 2017.
Finn, Maddie. “Exploring the Complexities of Communication at the Hirshhorn,” The Hoya, December 2017.
Sherwin, Skye. “Arthur Jafa’s Love Is the Message, the Message is Death: a story of black American struggle”, The Guardian, December 2017.
Spice, Anton. “Ryoji Ikeda and Arthur Jafa Installations at Store Studios Extended until 14th December,” The Vinyl Factory, November 2017.
Hornaday, Ann. “Filmmaker Arthur Jafa makes his Hirshhorn debut with a stunning video installation,” The Washington Post, November 2017.
Mandry, Kylie. “‘Truth: 24 Frames Per Second’ Brings DMA into the 21st Century,”The Daily Campus, November 2017.
Valentine, Victoria L. “Annual List of Top Art World Power Players Includes Notable Rankings for Thelma Golden, African American Artists,” Culture Type, November 2017.
Nembhard, Candice. “Virgil Abloh & Ben Kelly Create a Mythical Nightclub Installation in London,” Highsnobiety, November 2017.
“FotoWeek DC 2017,” On TOP Magazine, November 2017.
Burk, Louisa. “ArtReview’s influential Power 100 values ideas over money,’ The Telegraphy, November 2017.
Matthews, Nadie. “BAM hosts Frantz Fanon-inspired film series,” New York Amsterdam News, October 2017.
Spice, Anton. “The Underground Museum and The Vinyl Factor present annual FEB MAG publication,” The Vinyl Factory, October 2017.
Spice, Anton. “Virgil Abloh and Ben Kelly re-create fragments of a mythical nightclub for new installation,” The Vinyl Factory, October 2017.
Cumming, Laura. “Everything at Once; Dali/Duchamp review – stop, look, Lisson…” The Guardian, October 2017.
“Dallas Museum of Art - Truth: 24 frames per second,” e-flux, October 2017.
Searle, Adrian. “Everything at Once review - a trip beyond death and into a cosmic womb” The Guardian, October 2017.
Charlesworth, J.J. “J.J. Charlesworth finds an underlying pessimism in the artist’s inquiry into ‘black aesthetics,’” Artreview, October 2017.
“What is the biggest question facing artists today,” The Guardian, October
Frankel, Eddy. “Arthur Jafa: Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death review,” Time Out London, October 2017.
“Hirshhorn Announces “The Message: New Media Works,” WebWire, September 2017.
Latif, Nadia. “It’s lit! How film finally learned to light black skin,” The Guardian, September 2017.
Helfet, Gabriela. “Jason Moran and Steve Coleman star in Arthur Jafa’s ‘dismembered jazz ensemble’, cut to vinyl at Serpentine finale,” The Vinyl Factory, September 2017.
Moffitt, Evan. “A Portrait of the Curator as a Young Grebo Rocker,” VICE, September 2017.
Gordon, Anna. “10 Coolest things to do in London this week,” GQ Magazine, September 2017.
Helfet, Gabriela. “Artist Arthur Jafa marks final weekend at Serpentine with live lathe jazz recording and limited edition vinyl” The Vinly Factory, August 2017.
Cruz, Cynthia. “Videos that Question the Politics of Different Bodies,” HYPERALLERGIC, August 2017.
Gruijthuijsen, Krist. “What’s the Best Work of Art You Saw This Summer? 18 (More) Well-Traveled Experts Wheigh In” ArtnetNews, August 2017.
Scruggs, Danielle A. “We’re in the Golden Age of the Black,” Artsy, August 2017.
Fite-Wassilak, Chris. “Ways of seeing with Arthur Jafa,” Apollo, August 2017.
“Arthur Jafa at Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London” BLOUINARTINFO, August 2017.
Miss Rosen. “Beyond Beyoncé, Jay-Z & Solange: Artist Arthur Jafa Takes the Stage in London,” Crave, July 2017.
del Valle Schorske, Carina. “The Uses of Beauty: On Daughters of the Dust” And diasporic Inheritance” Los Angeles Review of Books, July 2017.
Gat Orit. “Critic’s Guide: London, A guide to the best of the summer shows,” Frieze, July 2017.
Harris, Chris. “JAY-Z’s ‘4:44’ Director, Arthur Jafa Currently Has a Powerful Art Exhibition You Should Check Out,” HYPEBEAST, July 2017.
“Hajime Sorayama, Jay-Z Collaborator Arthur Jafa, & More Captivating Works of Art You Need to See,” I’d Rather Be Skateboarding, July 2017.
Westall, Mark. “Acclaimed US Filmmaker, cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa comes to London,” FAD Magazine, July 2017.
Freeman, Nate. “Arthur Jafa Directed the New Jay-Z Video,” Artnews, July 2017.
Obrist, Hans Ulrich. “I WAS THAT ALIEN: Filmmaker Arthur Jafa in Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist,” 032c, June 2017.
Hutchinson, Jack. “NOW SHOWING #201: The week’s top exhibitions” A-N, June 2017.
Khan, Tabish. “The Best (And Worst) Exhibitions In London Right Now” Londonist, June 2017.
Jones, Jonathan. “Exhibitions, Five of the Best,” The Guardian, June 2017.
Cochrane, Lauren. “King Arthur,” The Guardian, June 2017.
“Serpentine Galleries: Grayson Perry, Arthur Jafa and Diebedo Francis Kere’s Pavilion,” Alt Africa, June 2017.
“Who The Hell is Arthur Jafa,” Time Out London, June 2017.
Aftab, Kaleem. “Arthur Jafa: ‘So much of being black is tied up with whether someone’s potential is actualized or not,’” INews, June 2017.
Dean, Aria. “Film: Worry the Image,” Art in America, June 2017.
Da Costa, Cassie. “Interview: Arthur Jafa,” Film Comment, May 2017.
Keeling, Kara. “Arthur Jafa,” Artforum, May 2017.
“Arthur Jafa and Tina Campt, Love Is the Message, The Plan is Death,” e-flux, Journal #81, April 2017.
Pinkerton, Nick. “Great Migrations,” Artforum, March 2017.
Brown, Angela. “Video Art ‘At The Tempo of Emergency’: Arthur Jafa on His Recent Work,” ArtNews, February 2017.
Daderko, Dean. “III Suns: Arthur Jafa and Sondra Perry,” Mousse Magazine, Issue #57, February-March 2017.
Bury, Louis. “Great Balls of Fire: Arthur Jafa at Gavin Brown’s enterprise,” Hyperallergic, January 2017.
Guiducci, Mark. “5 Things to Do This Weekend in New York City to Escape the News Cycle,” Vogue, January 2017.
Rodney, Seph. “Confronting the Limits of Catharsis in a Video About Black American life,” Hyperallergic, January 2017.
Sterns, Jamie. “What We Want is Everything – Women’s March, Arthur Jafa at Gavin Brown’s enterprise,” YaYaYa, January 2017.
Gat, Orit. “Arthur Jafa,”, January 2017.
Yue, Genevieve. “Arthur Jafa’s ‘Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death’,” art agenda, January 2017.
Scott, Andrea K. “Arthur Jafa’s Crucial Ode to Black America,” The New Yorker, January 2017.
Sargent, Antwaun. “Arthur Jafa and the Future of Black Cinema,” Interview Magazine, January 2017.
“Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death,” YomiTime, January 2017.
Sargent, Antwaun. “Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam” Soundtracks a Film About Black Spiritual Power,” The Creators Project, January 2017.
King, Danny. “Arthur Jafa Distilled the Black American Experience Into a High Art Music Video,” The Village Voice, December 2016.
Haslett, Tobi. “Object Lessons,” Artforum, December 2016.
Smith, Roberta. “What To See In New York City Galleries This Week,” The New York Times, December 2016.
Saltz, Jerry. “The 10 Best Art Shows of 2016,” Vulture, December 2016.
Smith, Michael. “Director Julie Dash on the 25th anniversary restoration of ‘Daughters of the Dust’,” Time Out, November 2016.
Grierson, Tim. “‘Daughters of the Dust’: Why the Movie That Inspired ‘Lemonade’ Is Back,” Rolling Stone, November 2016.
“See This: Arthur Jafa Opening In New York,” Union, November 2016.
Pini, Gary, “11 Must-See Art Shows Opening This Week,” Paper, November 2016.
da Costa, Cassie. “The Profound Power of the New Solange Videos,” The New Yorker, October 2016.
Black, Ezrha Jean. “Arthur Jafa, At Made in L.A. 2016, Hammer Museum,” Artillery Magazine, August 2016.
Teicholz, Tom. “Hammer Museum’s Made in LA 2016: Art is in the Eye of the Curator,” Forbes, August 2016.
Williams, Maxwell. “The Hammer Museum’s Biennial Survey Gives a Rich and Varied Snapshot of L.A.,”, June 2016.
Vankin, Deborah. “What is an L.A. artist? Hammer Museum answers with its ‘Made in L.A.’ lineup,” Los Angeles Times, January 2016.
Dennis, Michael. “Blackstar 2015: Arthur Jafa & Elissa Blount-Moorhead Talk TNEG, Their Recently-Launched Production Studio,” IndieWire, August 2015.
Hardy, Ernest, “New Black Voices Jolts the Big Screen with Black Life,” Village Voice, March 2015.
Buendia, Diana. “A Groundbreaking Approach to Storytelling: The Essay Film,” FilmIndependent, July 2014.
Mumin, Nijla. “LAFF Review: Arthur Jafa Conducts Multilayered Exploration of Blackness in ‘Dreams Are Colder Than Death,” IndieWire, June 2014.
Hornaday, Ann. “Howard University has become incubator for cinematographers,” The Washington Post, January 2013.
Mudede, Charles, “Black Pleasure, Black Joy,” The Stranger, December 2000.
Jones, Kristin M., “Whitney Biennial 2000,” Frieze, June 2000.
Jafa, Arthur. ‘“Like Rashomon but Different: The New Black Cinema’: Arthur Jafa on the Hughes Brothers Mennace II Society,” Artforum International Vol. 31, no. 10 Summer 1993.
Rule, Sheila. “Director Defies Odds With First Feature, ‘Daughters of the Dust’,” New York Times, February 1992.
“La Vénus Nègre, Greg Tate and Arthur Jafa,” Artforum, Vol. 30, no. 5, January 1992, p. 90-93.
Writings by the Artist
Jafa, Arthur ed. “The Darker Issue,” i-D, no. 365, Winter 2021.
Jafa, Arthur. “My Black Death,” in Everything but the burden: what white people are taking from Black culture. Edited by Greg Tate. New York: Broadway Books, 2003, p. 245-257.
Jafa, Arthur. “Black Visual Intonation” in The Jazz Cadence of American Culture. Edited by Robert G. O’Meally. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998, p. 264-268.
Jafa, Arthur. ‘“Like Rashomon but Different: The New Black Cinema’: Arthur Jafa on the Hughes Brothers Mennace II Society,” Artforum International Vol. 31, no. 10 Summer 1993.
Jafa, Arthur. “69,” in Black Popular Culture/ A Project by Michele Wallace. Edited by Gina Dent. Seattle: Bay Press, 1992, p. 249-254.
“La Vénus Nègre, Greg Tate and Arthur Jafa,” Artforum, Vol. 30, no. 5, January 1992, p. 90-93.