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Black Art: In the Absence of Light (2021)

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Inspired by the late David Driskell's landmark 1976 exhibition, "Two Centuries of Black American Art," the documentary Black Art: In the Absence of Light offers an illuminating introduction to the work of some of the foremost Black visual artists working today.

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This is an essential and revelatory glimpse at the accomplishments of today's Black artists.

February 9, 2021 | Full Review…

The most compelling moments of "Black Art" put us in the company of artists, usually in their studios, sometimes installing works in exhibitions or fielding questions from small kids at openings.

February 9, 2021 | Full Review…

By itself, any one of those topics would fill a documentary to overflowing... Better too much than too little, of course.

February 9, 2021 | Full Review…

The film never dips into saccharine platitudes, and it is unafraid to examine the defects within artistic movements that, while fighting for racial justice, had their own blindspots.

February 8, 2021 | Full Review…

The next best thing to visiting a museum, with gorgeous examples of works that have too often been overlooked. Director Sam Pollard... crams in a lot of fascinating history, but you'll wish the camera would linger a bit longer on the art.

February 8, 2021 | Full Review…

Rightfully, and delightfully, the majority of voices are those of active artists... Particularly interesting are segments showing artists at work and talking about what they're doing as they're doing it.

February 8, 2021 | Full Review…

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