Emory Holmes II

Emory Holmes II is a Los Angeles-based journalist and short-story writer. His reporting has appeared in the L.A. Times, the L.A. Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle, the L.A. Sentinel and other publications. His short stories have appeared in The Cocaine Chronicles, The Best American Mystery Stories, 2006, Los Angeles Noir, and .44 Caliber Funk

L.A.-based artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby with The Beautyful Ones (2012), a depiction of her sister at 10 that fetched more than $3 million at Christie’s.

Layered Geniuses: Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Betye Saar

Like Betye Saar, Njideka Akunyili Crosby both use use history and autobiography to address issues of identity and race. 

Left: The piece takes shape in Sketchbook 1998; LACMA displays many of Saar’s sketchbooks alongside the finished works. Right: The figure of Aunt Jemima is prominent in several of Saar’s works, including 1998’s Supreme Quality.

Betye Saar’s Solo Debut at LACMA

Still working into her 90s, the groundbreaking Los Angeles assemblage artist Betye Saar puts it all together at LACMA.


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