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Black Art: In the Absence of Light—A Celebration of African American Artists

Streaming on HBO Max / Film & TV

This documentary is Black Art History 101. Created by the Peabody- and Emmy-winning director Sam Pollard, the film focuses on the life of David Driskell, who died last April at the age of 88. An artist, scholar, and curator who long championed African American art, and who believed the art-historical canon was incomplete without it, Driskell was honored in 2000 with a National Humanities Medal from President Bill Clinton. The documentary includes commentary from some of today’s eminent Black artists: Carrie Mae Weems, Kerry James Marshall, Radcliffe Bailey, Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald, Theaster Gates, and Kara Walker. —E.C.

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