36 minutes | Feb 5, 2023
Minnie Evans - Untitled (Three faces in floral design) - Discussion w/ Kevi Yada
My guest, Kevi Yada, joins me this time, to talk about one work by Minnie Evans. If you haven't listened to our episode on Minnie Evans, I highly recommend it. Podcast website: TheWholeArtNebula.com For the merch store go to: TheWholeArtNebulaMerch.com Journals can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=kobalt+luk&i=stripbooks&crid=2S8E2YME72A3I&sprefix=kobalt+luk%2Cstripbooks%2C125&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
19 minutes | Jan 29, 2023
Minnie Evans: Far from traditional
Minnie Evans is considered an outside or outsider artist. An outsider artist is an artist that has had no formal training. They are self-taught. The term outsider is in reference to being outside of traditional academic instruction. Minnie Evans, herself, was very far from traditional. She didn't start drawing until she was 43 when a voice told her she must “draw or die.” On Good Friday, 1935, Minnie unknowingly embarked on her new passion, and created her first drawings - two small pictogram-like works. Both are now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American art. Source Material: Anthony Petullo Art Collection: https://www.petulloartcollection.org/minnie-evans/ “Aspects of Minnie Evans” by Nathan Kernan: On Paper, Vol. 1, No. 6 (July -August 1997), pp. 12-16 (5 pages), Published by: Art in Print Review Support The Whole Art Nebula: https://TheWholeArtNebulaMerch.com · Books & Journals for sale: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=kobalt+luk&i=stripbooks&crid=2WJ3HIGQBO33L&sprefix=kobalt+luk%2Cstripbooks%2C128&ref=nb_sb_noss · The Home Buyer’s Field Guide: https://www.amazon.com/Home-Buyers-Field-Guide/dp/B0BQ9R2CHC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2ILPWUWF8TS3Y&keywords=Kobina+wright&qid=1672880028&s=books&sprefix=kobina+wright%2Cstripbooks%2C131&sr=1-1
2 minutes | Jan 24, 2023
Quick announcement before our next episode
Trust me, I'm working to get the next episode out. In the meantime I couldn't wait to put out this quick announcement. I just wanted to tell everyone that we now have a MERCH STORE! Woohoo! Check it out now and represent the podcast that represents you and your interests. For the next month, get 10% off your purchase by using the code: NEWTWAN Go to: https://www.thewholeartnebulamerch.com/ Until the next episode...
38 minutes | Jan 13, 2023
Discussion of "Homage to Black Women Poets" w/ Henry Jones III
Henry Jones III, is back to help me talk about a specific work by Elizabeth Catlett. The sculpture it titled, "Homage to Black Women Poets." To view the work, please go to the website, TheWholeArtNebula.com. If you haven't listened to the episode on Elizabeth Catlett, please go back and listen to that episode when you get a chance. Support The Whole Art Nebula: https://kobina-wright.pixpa.com/product/usij https://kobina-wright.pixpa.com/product/power-door · Books & Journals for sale: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=kobalt+luk&i=stripbooks&crid=2WJ3HIGQBO33L&sprefix=kobalt+luk%2Cstripbooks%2C128&ref=nb_sb_noss · The Home Buyer’s Field Guide: https://www.amazon.com/Home-Buyers-Field-Guide/dp/B0BQ9R2CHC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2ILPWUWF8TS3Y&keywords=Kobina+wright&qid=1672880028&s=books&sprefix=kobina+wright%2Cstripbooks%2C131&sr=1-1
28 minutes | Jan 5, 2023
Elizabeth Catlett lived a life creating work that addressed gender, racial and class inequities. In 1971 she wrote, “Art for me now must develop from a necessity within my people. It must answer a question, or wake somebody up, or give a shove in the right direction—our liberation.” Source Material: · Elizabeth Catlett @ MIA: https://collections.artsmia.org/art/7890/sharecropper-elizabeth-catlett · A History of African-American Artists: From 1792 to the Present, Romare Bearden & Harry Henderson, 1993, Pantheon, pp. 418-426 · Elizabeth Catlett @ Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture: https://www.lewismuseum.org/elizabethcatlett/ · Elizabeth Catlett @ MoMA: https://www.moma.org/artists/1037 Support The Whole Art Nebula: · https://kobina-wright.pixpa.com/product/unlost · https://kobina-wright.pixpa.com/product/entrails-of-aging · Books & Journals for sale: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=kobalt+luk&i=stripbooks&crid=2WJ3HIGQBO33L&sprefix=kobalt+luk%2Cstripbooks%2C128&ref=nb_sb_noss · The Home Buyer’s Field Guide: https://www.amazon.com/Home-Buyers-Field-Guide/dp/B0BQ9R2CHC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2ILPWUWF8TS3Y&keywords=Kobina+wright&qid=1672880028&s=books&sprefix=kobina+wright%2Cstripbooks%2C131&sr=1-1
29 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
Shotguns: A Discussion with Henry Jones III
Today we're joined by Henry Jones III and we're taking a deeper look and sharing our perspectives on a painting by John T. Biggers titled, "Shotguns." TheWholeArtNebula.com A Fat Slice of Cake: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCubSSuvmvefVB4FPBJi7uIQ/videos Two Three: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14965900/?ref_=nm_knf_i1
28 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
John Thomas Biggers: I Rejoiced
The motifs that John Thomas Biggers loved to explore centered around harvesting, planting, baptism and other rituals of rural Black communities. Also, he loved telling the story of the root system, the connectors of Black American life to the Motherland – whose children are the Earth’s caretakers. His murals evoke beauty and allowed us to see ourselves and our ancestors in them. They allow us to be proud of our American lives without limiting the expectation of our capacity. TheWholeArtNebula.com Source Material: · Encyclopedia.com – John T. Biggers: https://www.encyclopedia.com/african-american-focus/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/biggers-john-t · A History of African-American Artists: From 1792 to the Present, Romare Bearden & Harry Henderson, 1993, Pantheon, pp. 447-453 · UNESCO: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php?title=Glossary:United_Nations_Educational,_Scientific_and_Cultural_Organization_(UNESCO) · About Susan McAshan: https://cswgs.rice.edu/sites/g/files/bxs3966/files/2020-11/McAshan%20Bio.pdf
25 minutes | Oct 9, 2022
Carroll Harris Simms
Sculptor and ceramicist, Carroll Harris Simms, was born on April 29, 1924 in Bald Knob, Arkansas. A city that was named after a treeless rocky ridge that served as a landmark to pioneers. Simms identified three major turning points in his development as a sculptor, “First the realization of certain permanent values which relate to the integrity of my grandparents inclusive of church folk and neighbors surrounding the environment of my early childhood, second, studies at the Toledo Museum of Art; Hampton Institute; Cranbrook Art Academy and in Africa and Europe - third, working at TSU and at the same time being allowed the privilege of creating art for the community.” Source Material: https://www.cranbrook.edu/ · A History of African-American Artists: From 1792 to the Present, Romare Bearden & Harry Henderson, 1993, Pantheon, pp. 447-453 · https://cnx.org/contents/eFQIsJEO@2.1:BqDUSGYi@1/Carroll-Harris-Simms-b-1924 · The University Museum at Texas Southern - https://www.umusetsu.org/carolsimmssculpture · Tributes.com http://www.tributes.com/show/Carroll-Harris-Simms-87792109 · Carroll Harris Simms, TSU professor and sculptor, dies at 85, Houston Chronicle https://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/Carroll-Harris-Simms-TSU-professor-and-sculptor-1710079.php Real Estate: https://homesbylightwall.c21.com/contact The art of Kobina Wright: https://kobina-wright.pixpa.com/
19 minutes | Sep 10, 2022
Alma Thomas - Part II
Alma Thomas was a curious and ever-expanding woman who painted in her kitchen. She was both a cheerleader and mentor for many young artists and instrumental in getting them recognition. She encouraged them to “get in the mainstream.” Slowed slightly by arthritis and a failing heart, she focused on what she could do with one solitary intense color and rolled around and blew through new ideas. She learned from everything she did. “I’m still developing,” she used to say. To visit our website go to: https://thewholeartnebula.com/2022/09/09/alma-thomas-part-ii/ To support and learn more about Kobina Wright, go to: https://kobina-wright.pixpa.com/ Source Material: · “Art expert reflects on his work in DC at the nation’s first private gallery owned by African-Americans” by Katherine Saltzman https://thedcline.org/2019/02/26/art-expert-reflects-on-his-work-in-dc-at-the-nations-first-private-gallery-owned-by-african-americans/ · A History of African-American Artists: From 1792 to the Present, Romare Bearden & Harry Henderson, 1993, Pantheon, pp. 447-453 · About Lois Marilou Jones: https://americanart.si.edu/artist/lo%C3%AFs-mailou-jones-5658 · NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/apollo11.html
17 minutes | May 3, 2022
Alma Thomas - Part I
Alma Woodsy Thomas was born on September 22, 1891, in Columbus, Georgia. This was 26 years after the Civil War. She would go on to help children explore the world of art and imagination and continue to educate herself in multiple disciplines. It wasn't until after she retired that she began to consider herself an artist, although, in my opinion, she has been one all along. This is the first part of the life and work of Alma Thomas, from her birth to the education that would set her on the path to becoming the legend she is today and some of the events that sculpted this path. Our website: TheWholeArtNebula.com Sources: New Georgia Encyclopedia https://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/atlanta-race-riot-of-1906/ Biggest US Cities https://www.biggestuscities.com/city/atlanta-georgia Fair Housing Act of 1968 https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/aboutfheo/history Black Women in Delaware’s History https://www1.udel.edu/BlackHistory/blackwomen.html Bearden, Romare and Henderson, Harry, A History of African-American Artists: From 1792 to the Present, 1993, Pantheon, pp 447-453
23 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Robert S. Duncanson - Part III
Duncanson accomplished a great deal having succeeded living as an artist as a Black man in a time of slavery. We have to look at his life as a whole to really be able to understand what a powerhouse he was and how phenomenal his achievements were not just as a pre-war Black Cincinnatian, but in the whole art nebula. Among the many sources used was the book, A History of African-American Artists From 1792 to the Present by Romare Bearden and Harry Henderson.
25 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
Robert S. Duncanson - Part II
The second part of a three part series on the artist Robert S. Duncanson. Half of this episode covers the Cincinnati riots of 1841, but because this is the year that Duncanson arrived in Cincinnati, it's good to have context of the social climate that he was stepping into at the start of his artistic career. TheWholeArtNebula.com Sources: · Bearden, Romare and Henderson, Harry, A History of African-American Artists: From 1792 to the Present, Pantheon, 1993 · Crowfoot, Silas, “Community Development for a White City; Race Making, Improvementism and the Cincinnati Race Riots and Anti-Abolition Riots of 1829, 1836 and 1841.” PDX Scholar (2010) · https://www.theclio.com/entry/13933 · https://walnuthillsstories.org/stories/riots-of-1841/ · https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45364/the-lotos-eaters · https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1827&context=etd
16 minutes | Feb 17, 2022
Robert S. Duncanson - Part I
I decided to really dig in and give you as much as I could, without going down a rabbit hole. So, unlike the other artists on this podcast, I’ve broken Robert S. Duncanson’s story into three parts. In this one, of course, I'll cover his earliest years – Please note, though, that I won’t go too early because there’s not a lot of information on his childhood. TheWholeArtNebula.com Sources: · A History of African – American Artists: From 1792 – to the Present, by Romare Bearden and Harry Henderson, pp. 19-39 · Hamilton County Officials, January 27, 2016 PDF document · Mount Healthy Historical Society: http://www.mthealthyhistory.org/history.html · “For the Liberation of Black People Everywhere: The African Blood Brotherhood, Black Radicalism and Pan African Liberation in the New Negro Movement, 1917 - 1936
20 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Langston Hughes: A brief history and a story
Usually, we only talk about visual artists on this podcast however, I wanted to cover Hughes because of his prominence in the Harlem Renaissance and his inspiration to writers, poets, actors and artists in our community. And today is his birthday! February 01, 1902. Here's the link to our film's crowdfunding campaign for "Two Three" by clicking here. Sources: Langston Hughes (1940). The Big Sea. p. 36. ISBN 0-8262-1410-X. https://www.biography.com/writer/langston-hughes Rampersad, Arnold (2002). The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume II: 1941-1967, I Dream a World. Oxford University Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-19-988227-4. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/06/AR2008060604509.html?nav=rss_email/components https://www2.oberlin.edu/external/EOG/OYTT-images/JMLangston.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Coussey
13 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Louis Delsarte: The People's Painter
"I try to work toward peace, to say that art is the meaning of love, that living on earth is a spiritual quest." -Louis Delsarte (Painter, draftsman, muralist, printmaker and poet)
16 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
David C. Driskell - Part II
This is Part II of the two part series on David C. Driskell. I’ve listed my sources for the last two episodes below. Also, when you get a chance, watch the HBO documentary titled, “Black Art: In the Absence of Light.” It’s based upon one of Driskell’s major exhibitions he organized and curated. Sources: Genzlinger, Neil (April 7, 2020). “David Driskell, 88, Pivotal Champion of African-American Art, Dies“. New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2020. Print version, April 9, 2020, p. B12. “David Driskell – Artists – DC Moore Gallery”. www.dcmooregallery.com. Retrieved 2020-07-18. McGee, Julie L. ( 2006). David C. Driskell: Artist and Scholar. San Francisco: Pomegranate Communications. ISBN 0764937472. Barnes, Bart (April 3, 2020). “David Driskell, advocate for African American art, dies at 88 of coronavirus”. The Washington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2020. Crawford, Amy. “A New Retrospective of David Driskell, Artist and Scholar of African American Art, Comes to Atlanta”. Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2021-01-18. “Two Centuries of Black American Art”. LACMA. Retrieved 2021-01-18. “David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History”. High Museum of Art. Retrieved 2021-01-18. ^ “Coming Soon: ‘Icons of Nature and History,’ a Major Survey of David Driskell Opens at High Museum in Atlanta in February 2021”. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
20 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
David C. Driskell - Part I
We're breaking from our usual format this time. This is the first part of a two part series on the life and work of David C. Driskell. Driskell has done so much that there was no way I could feel comfortable cramming it into a single episode. Excerpt: His student, Mary O’Neal, who later became a distinguished fine artist, but was only then a student and the girlfriend of Stokely Carmichael, told Driskell that he was teaching the course in cultural disguise – meaning it was not just art history but a very passionate kind of civil rights art course. She called it an action course. It focused on topics of where one had to prove that he or she had something to give in society and in art.
27 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Driskell's "Jazz Singer (Lady of Leisure, Fox)" Discussion w/ ElleBeah
This episode is a little different. I consider it a "pre-episode" episode. It's more like an introduction into the work of David Driskell, the artist I'll be covering next on The Whole Art Nebula. In this, I discuss his work titled, "Jazz Singer (Lady of Leisure, Fox)" with my good friend ElleBeah. This is just a portion of a longer conversation. I've given access of the entire conversation to Patreon members at the Oasis level as in incentive to support our brand new art history podcast. To visit our Patreon page, go to, https://www.patreon.com/thewholeartnebula. Otherwise, please enjoy. Warning: This episode may cause laughter.
12 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Ed Clark: The Innovator
Clark, in his lifetime, has received many awards, his work has been exhibited all over the world and is part of collections in several art institutions and museums. He guarded his private thoughts on worldviews and his background from unwelcomed intruders, allowing his work and innovation to speak for itself.
13 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Frank J. Brown - Another Day...
Sculptor and arts activist, Frank J. Brown, had a big presence in the St. Paul art scene, lending his voice and talent to the discussion of the plight and future of humanity and African American people. Brown’s sculptures can be found in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Southern Illinois University and the University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City.