Latest News in African American Art: Designer Used Jacob Lawrence-Print Without Permission, Howard University Loani…

Jacob Lawrence-inspired shirts by Wales Bonner currently for sale at various retailers. The London-based menswear label was founded by Grace Wales Bonner.


The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:



It turns out the Jacob Lawrence-inspired prints that were the talk of Wales Bonner‘s Autumn/Winter 2018 menswear collection (shown above) were produced without the blessing of the artist’s estate. Artist Barbara Earl Thomas, a spokesperson for the Lawrence estate told Hyperallergic, if asked, it would not grant permission for such use. “Jacob and Gwen [the artist’s wife] were very careful with the use of their images,” she said. “But they never could have imagined how this…

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