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The Cerebral Women media platform presents Cerebral Women Art Talks, a podcast that is an extension of @cerebral_women. Conversations offer insights into the visual art world from artists, mainly artists of color, and female artists who freely articulate what inspires their creativity. In addition, you'll hear interesting perspectives from dedicated art professionals who work with artists and the art institutions that feature them. Art Advisors, Art Critics, Collectors, Curators, Gallerists, Museum Professionals.

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The Cerebral Women media platform presents Cerebral Women Art Talks, a podcast that is an extension of @cerebral_women. Conversations offer insights into the visual art world from artists, mainly artists of color, and female artists who freely articulate what inspires their creativity. In addition, you'll hear interesting perspectives from dedicated art professionals who work with artists and the art institutions that feature them. Art Advisors, Art Critics, Collectors, Curators, Gallerists, Museum Professionals.

    Gio Swaby

    Gio Swaby

    Episode 117 features Gio Swaby, a Bahamian visual artist whose practice is an exploratory celebration of Blackness and womanhood. Her work centres on Black joy as a radical act of resistance. It works through the philosophy of love as liberation and explores pathways of healing and empowerment. It allows space for both the strong and soft to coexist.

    Swaby is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently an MFA candidate at OCAD University in Toronto, where she currently resides.

    Photo courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery

    Artist https://www.gioswaby.com/

    Claire Oliver Gallery https://www.claireoliver.com/artists/31-gio-swaby/overview/

    MFA St.Petersburg https://mfastpete.org/exh/gio-swaby/

    Art Institute Chicago https://www.artic.edu/artists/117638/gio-swaby

    Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/chaddscott/2022/07/05/gio-swabys-love-letters-to-black-women-at-museum-of-fine-arts-st-petersburg/?sh=7e908506a54a

    Artnet https://news.artnet.com/art-world/gio-swaby-1973064

    WWD https://wwd.com/eye/people/gio-swaby-fresh-up-solo-debut-museum-fine-arts-st-petersburg-textile-art-1235177744/

    Harpers Bazaar https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/art-books-music/a39629027/gio-swaby-textile-portraits-are-a-love-letter-to-black-womanhood/

    Orlando Magazine https://www.orlandomagazine.com/gio-swaby-fresh-up/

    • 22 min
    Ludovic Nkoth

    Ludovic Nkoth

    Ep.116 features Cameroon-born artist Ludovic Nkoth. For him, displacement and deferral occupy a familiar place at the margins of the stories he tells. With swirled and meandering brushstrokes, Nkoth’s practice in figurative painting broaches the ongoing negotiation of transatlantic migration--a direct rumination on diaspora history and on his own expatriation to the US at the age of 13. Melding Cameroonian aesthetic motifs and vivid coloration with postcolonial allegory, Nkoth explores the formation and fragmentation of identity. Throughout his work, Nkoth’s figures participate in the fictions and lived experiences that comprise his own identity synthesis; each muddled expression and porous boundary imbues his paintings with the tender incandescence of a distant memory. The navigation of both belonging and outsider hood in African and American spaces underscores much of Nkoth’s work, and informs the future building of kinship, solidarity, and self-determination that is central to his practice. Ludovic Nkoth was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon in 1994, and lives and works in New York City. Nkoth completed his BFA at the University of South Carolina and holds an MFA in painting from Hunter College. Recent solo exhibitions include Transferred Memories (Work No Dey) (2022) at Massimo de Carlo Gallery in London, and Don’t Take This Too (2021) at François Ghebaly in Los Angeles. Nkoth was featured in the group exhibition Fire, Figure Fantasy (2022) at ICA Museum in Miami, as well as in group exhibitions at Ross+Kramer, New York and Jeffrey Deitch, LA. His work is held in the collection of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the ICA Museum in Miami.  

    Photo Credit: Mara Poch

    Artist website https://www.lnkoth.com/

    Massimo de Carlos MASSIMODECARLO

    Luce Gallery Installation Views Ludovic Nkoth You Sea Us 168 1 Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea a Torino Luce Gallery

    Francois Ghebaly Gallery - LA Don’t Take This Too  – François Ghebaly Gallery, LA 2021 

    PAFA https://www.pafa.org/events/ludovic-nkoth-031622
    Go Upstate https://www.goupstate.com/story/news/local/2022/05/19/dorman-high-grad-ludovic-nkoth-artwork-global-following-usc-upstate-high-museum-atlanta/7131341001/ 

    Juxtapoz  https://www.juxtapoz.com/news/magazine/features/ludovic-nkoth-a-dear-statement-to-the-soul/ 

    Ross Kramer https://rkgallery.com/artist/ludovic-nkoth

    Art of choice https://www.artofchoice.co/converse-with-the-expressive-style-of-ludovic-nkoth/

    Christies https://www.christies.com/features/9-intriguing-portraits-of-family-members-10998-1.aspx

    Superposition Gallery  http://superpositiongallery.com/conversations/2020/4/11/interview-with-ludovic-nkoth

    Francois Ghebaly http://ghebaly.com/work/ludovic-nkoth-dont-take-this-too/

    • 22 min
    Beverly Semmes

    Beverly Semmes

    Ep.115 features Beverly Semmes. She is a sculptor whose work incorporates painting, drawing, film, photography, and performance. These complementary elements adhere in surprising ways, probing the paradoxes and complexities of the female body and its representation.
    Current exhibitions include inclusion in a group show at Canada gallery curated by Kahlil Robert Irving titled SUMMER Nights, which opened on July 8th, 2022.
    Semmes recently participated in an exhibition titled Process on view at the Alexander McQueen flagship location on Old Bond Street in London. For this presentation 12 visual artists from around the world were invited to respond to the upcoming Alexander McQueen collection.
    In May 2022 Semmes created Pool in collaboration with Jennifer Minniti and Emily Mast at JOAN exhibition space in Los Angeles. Pool was on view through mid June 2022.
    Semmes’ paintings and sculptures were also recently on view in Witch Hunt at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; a Hammer Museum billboard announcing the Witch Hunt exhibition continues to loom over the historic corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.
    The artist has had dozens of solo exhibitions at institutions such as MoMA PS1, ICA Philadelphia, Sculpture Center, the MCA Chicago, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Artist’s Space, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Frances Tang Teaching
    Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
    A solo exhibition of paintings titled Pot Peek was on view at Susan Inglett Gallery in New York through mid March 2022.

    Semmes received her M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Yale School of Art (1987). She also studied at the New York Studio School, the Boston Museum School, and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture where she now serves on the Governors Board.
    Semmes is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery in New York and Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles. She was born in Washington, D.C.

    Photo Credit: Ross Collab

    Artist Beverly Semmes (beverlysemmesstudio.com)
    Brooklyn Rail Beverly Semmes: POT PEEK – The Brooklyn Rail
    Alexander McQueen https://www.alexandermcqueen.com/en-us/beverly-semmes
    Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfUcQHRCsZY&ab_channel=Rain
    The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2022/jun/09/process-alexander-mcqueen-fashion-and-the-art-it-inspired-in-pictures
    Joan Los Angeles https://joanlosangeles.org/carwash-collective-and-emily-mast-pool/
    Susan Inglett Gallery https://www.inglettgallery.com/artists/190-beverly-semmes/overview/
    Hammer Museum https://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/2021/witch-hunt
    Wikipedia Beverly Semmes - Wikipedia
    Artnet Beverly Semmes | Artnet

    • 17 min
    Dawn Williams Boyd

    Dawn Williams Boyd

    Ep.114 features Dawn Williams Boyd, She was born in 1952 in Neptune, New Jersey. She earned her BFA at Stephens College in Columbia, MO in 1974. The artist’s self-described “cloth paintings” masterfully reinterpret the traditional craft of quilt-making in a contemporary context. Working on a monumental scale, Boyd employs a collage-like technique, stitching together scraps of fabric into intricate compositions. Utilizing
    art historical references, current events, and religious tropes as narrative frameworks, her cloth paintings chronicle seminal moments in African American history and quotidian scenes of Black American life. Inventively combining textures and patterns, Boyd’s compositions weave together history and allegory to create multivalent meanings from disparate sources.

    Boyd’s work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY; Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL; Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, AL; Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA; Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY; and the Richardson Family Art Museum at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Her art has been exhibited at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC;
    Southwest Art Center in Atlanta, GA; Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta, GA; Bulloch Hall in Roswell, GA; Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA; Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, GA; and Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA.

    A multi-venue solo exhibition of the artist’s work, Dawn Williams Boyd: Woe, was recently on view at the Lamar Dodd School of Art’s Dodd Galleries, at the University of Georgia and at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY and will be on view at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY in September 2022.

    Photo Credit: Ron Witherspoon

    Artist https://www.dawnwilliamsboyd.com/
    Fort Gansevoort Gallery https://www.fortgansevoort.com/
    Sarah Lawrence https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/news-events/galleries/heimbold-gallery/on-exhibit.html
    Everson Museum of Art https://everson.org/connect/virtual-talk-with-dawn-williams-boyd-ben-green/
    Daily Orange https://dailyorange.com/2022/02/dawn-williams-boyds-exhibit-woe-crafts-fiber-art-timeless-historical-portrayals/
    Atlanta Magazine https://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/dawn-williams-boyds-cloth-paintings-tell-stories-of-black-life-in-america/
    Ocula https://ocula.com/artists/dawn-williams-boyd/exhibitions/
    Metal Magazine https://metalmagazine.eu/en/post/interview/dawn-williams-boyd
    Elephant Art https://elephant.art/dawn-williams-boyd-faith-ringgold-inspired-me-to-change-my-art/

    • 27 min
    Chris Watts

    Chris Watts

    Ep.113 features Chris Watts, an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in painting and installation. Within his work, he seeks to revise, interrogate, and re-examine social and personal narratives. This re-examination is not to simply supplement a new narrative, but to create a project of disruption.
    Watts attended graduate studies at Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, after attending the College of Arts and Architecture, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, and the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Wroclaw, PL.
    The artist has held various artist residencies, among them the Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation, Chelm, PL; McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC; the Art & Law Fellowship Program, at Cornell University Art Architecture Planning, New York, NY; and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, New York, NY.
    His work has been exhibited in national and international institutions and exhibitions. Watts lives and works in New York, NY, and North Carolina, NC, US.
    Watts is a featured artist in the documentary film, The Art of Making It, directed by Kelcey Edwards, and from the Emmy-nominated producer Debi Wisch (The Price of Everything). The film had its world premiere at the 2021 Hamptons
    International Film Festival and won an Audience choice award at 2022 SXSW Film Festival.

    Welancora Gallery https://www.welancoragallery.com/artists/34-chris-watts/overview/
    Galerie Lelong https://www.galerielelong.com/exhibitions/open-doors-june-edmonds-carl-e-hazlewood-helen-evans-ramsaran-chris-watts
    The Art of Making It https://www.ifccenter.com/films/the-art-of-making-it/
    Bode https://www.bode-projects.com/artists/42-chris-watts/overview/
    Monica King projects https://monicakingprojects.com/artists/45-chris-watts/biography/
    QC Exclusive https://qcexclusive.com/fine-arts/chris-watts-redefines-southern-art/
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-watts-510236a9/

    • 22 min


    Ep.112 features BETHANY COLLINS (b. 1984 Montgomery, AL). She lives and works in Chicago, IL. Collins is a multidisciplinary artist whose conceptually driven work is fueled by a critical exploration of how race and language interact.
    Collins received an MFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta GA, and a BA from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. Recent solo exhibitions include: Cadence (2022), PATRON, Chicago, IL; America: A Hymnal (2021), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK; Evensong (2021) Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN; My destiny is in your hands (2021), Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL; Chorus (2019), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St Louis, MO; Benediction (2019) The University of Kentucky Art Museum, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; A Pattern or Practice (2019), University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL; The Birmingham News 1963 (2018-2019), Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL; The Litany, Locust Projects (2018), Miami, FL; Undersong (2018), PATRON, Chicago IL; and Occasional Verse (2018), The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY.

    Image courtesy of the artist and PATRON Gallery, Chicago. Photography by Evan Jenkins

    Additional information~
    Artist https://bethanyjoycollins.com/home.html
    Patron Gallery https://patrongallery.com/exhibition/285/cadence
    Montgomery Museum of Fine Art Bethany Collins - MMFA
    Brooklyn Rail https://brooklynrail.org/2022/02/artseen/Seize-the-Time
    WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/collectors-eye-they-built-a-world-class-collection-of-black-artists-work-who-are-they-acquiring-now-11594828483
    Artspace https://www.artspace.com/artist/bethany-collins
    Richard Gray Gallery Bethany Collins - Artists - Richard Gray Gallery
    Block Museum https://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/events/2022/artist-talk-laylah-ali-and-bethany-collins.html
    Chicago Gallery https://www.chicagogallerynews.com/events/bethany-collins-cadence
    Crystal Bridges https://crystalbridges.org/calendar/bethany-collins-america-a-hymnal/
    Frist Art Museum https://fristartmuseum.org/exhibition/bethany-collins-evensong/
    The Phillips Collection https://www.phillipscollection.org/event/2021-06-25-jacob-lawrence-american-struggle
    Speed Art Museum https://www.promisewitnessremembrance.org/
    Art in America https://www.artnews.com/art-in-america/aia-reviews/breonna-taylor-promise-witness-remembrance-speed-art-museum-1234594195/
    Hyperallergic https://hyperallergic.com/641634/amy-sherald-bearing-witness-to-breonna-taylor-life-and-death/
    NYTimes https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/11/arts/design/breonna-taylor-review-museum-louisville.html
    PBS https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/what-breonna-taylors-name-and-image-is-teaching-america-about-black-lives
    The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/apr/01/remembering-breonna-taylor-through-art-it-keeps-her-alive
    Artforum https://www.artforum.com/print/reviews/202202/the-dirty-south-contemporary-art-material-culture-and-the-sonic-impulse-87629
    Smart Museum https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/exhibitions/take-care/
    Renaissance Society https://renaissancesociety.org/exhibitions/540/nine-lives/
    Hirshhorn https://hirshhorn.si.edu/explore/bethany-collins-part-1-hirshhorn-artist-diaries-2/

    • 23 min

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