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1971: A Year in the Life of Color
By Darby English
University of Chicago Press, 2016

Darby English's new book explores color, cultural politics, and modernism through the context of two exhibitions in 1971: Contemporary Black Artists in America at the Whitney and The DeLuxe Show in Houston. English brings new perspective to the Whitney show, which Andrews and the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition (BECC) famously protested.


Hyperallergic Features Benny Andrews in Review of Collage: Made in America at Michael Rosenfeld

By Melissa Stern

"In the rear of the gallery, one entire wall is filled by the monumental “Circle (The Bicentennial Series)” (1973) by Benny Andrews, a huge, searing indictment of racism in America. [...] It’s an overtly angry and political work of art, one that has continuing resonance today."

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Benny Andrews included in Roberta Smith's New York Times Review of "The Human Image: From Velázquez to Viola" Richard L. Feigen & Co

"The Human Image: From Velázquez to Viola"
By Robert Smith
February 10, 2017

"Velázquez, Hyacinthe Rigaud, and Thomas Eakins represent social order with sober, strikingly realistic, even sympathetic portrayals of gentlemen across several centuries. Benny Andrews wrenching painting-collage Study for Portrait of Oppression (Homage to Black South Africans), from 1985, reminds us that the costs of such order are often dehumanizing."

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New York Times Includes Benny Andrews' Bicentennial Series at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in Its List of "10 Things to Do Now in NYC"

"Notes on 2016, From Four Decades Ago"
By Holland Cotter
December 16, 2016

"[Benny Andrews] would have had strong views on the resurgent racism and sexism of this election year. And he basically expressed those views some 40 years ago in six fantastically caustic groups of paintings and drawings called 'The Bicentennial Series,' . . . Truly art for now."

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New York Times Reviews "The Bicentennial Series" at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
By Holland Cotter
November 25, 2016

"This is the message of the 'Bicentennial Series' as a whole: Far from being a fantasia on what makes American great, it's a vision - as the election was - on what makes America America."

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Matana Roberts at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
November 12, 2016

Award-winning composer, saxophonist, and mixed-media practitioner Matana Roberts performed at the Benny Andrews exhibition, The Bicentennial Series, at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. Her new piece, written for a chorus of seven saxophones is called "its all a damn game," and was created in conversation with Andrews' artwork and writing.


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Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power
By Susan E. Cahan
Duke University Press, 2016

Mounting Frustration chronicles African American artists' struggle for inclusion in the museum system and the historical canon during the 1960s and 70s.  Cahan offers a detailed account of Benny Andrews' work co-founding the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition (BECC), protesting exclusionary museum exhibitions, and negotiating for a greater voice for African Americans in New York's art world.