Painter Jordan Casteel; sculptor and painter Daniel Lind-Ramos; and art historian and curator Nicole Fleetwood are among the 2021 winners of the highly coveted MacArthur “Genius” Awards. Each will receive a no-strings-attached $625,000 stipend, paid out over five years.
Awarded annually by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the fellowships are intended to “encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” The selection process of the nomination-only awards is notoriously secretive. Nominees are given no notice until they’ve been awarded the prize. Over the years, grantees have described in interviews how an unexpected phone call from a Chicago number changed their lives and careers.
Casteel, who is known for her vibrant, larger-than-life portraits of people of color, posted on Instagram that receiving the honor left her “breathless.”
“It genuinely stopped me in my tracks — laid me flat — had me confused — and brought me to tears,” she wrote.
Other fellows in the 2021 class include music critic, essayist, and poet Hanif Abdurraqib; documentary filmmaker Cristina Ibarra ; filmmaker and media artist Alex Rivera; film scholar, archivist, and curator Jacqueline Stewart; and choreographer and dance entrepreneur Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Outside the arts, Trevor Bedford, a computational virologist, received a timely award for developing tools for real-time tracking of virus evolution and the spread of infectious diseases.
“As we emerge from the shadows of the past two years, this class of 25 Fellows helps us reimagine what’s possible,” said Cecilia Conrad, managing director of the MacArthur Fellows. “They demonstrate that creativity has no boundaries. It happens in all fields of endeavor, among the relatively young and more seasoned, in Iowa and Puerto Rico.”
Our favorite US shows of 2021, brought to you by the writers and editors of Hyperallergic.
Naito’s Op-inspired abstractions might have been an oblique way of dealing with feelings of displacement after moving to the United States.
BIENALSUR, the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of the South, has returned to Saudi Arabia for an exhibition presenting more than 20 international artists, including Filwa Nazer, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and Tony Oursler.
Braque’s paintings speak of self-containment, of a quietly impassioned, ongoing dedication to the task at hand.
In Amber Robles-Gordon’s artwork, the borders between states matter less than the overlapping territories of self, the never-ending negotiation of identity.
Schulte seems at once focused and restless, determined and open.
The archive kicks off an initiative by the Met Museum and the Studio Museum to conserve and digitize his works, and research the context of his photographs, his singular photographic techniques, and his life.
On view in Abu Dhabi until February 5, 2022, the paintings and sculptures in Modernisms shed new light on artists like Parviz Tanavoli, Fahrelnissa Zeid, and M.F. Husain.
In 1996, Nez Perce Tribe members had to fundraise hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay the Ohio History Connection to secure artifacts that were rightfully theirs.
Andrew McCarthy used a modified telescope to take over 150,000 images of the sun, combining them to create the stunningly crisp photo.
The city brought shows to life that will be talked about for years to come.