5 Black Creatives Who Helped Shape American Art, Architecture, and Design

From Veranda

Black creatives have long been influencing American art, design, and culture with their talent, ingenuity, and unique perspectives. Unfortunately, so many Black artists, architects, and designers have been silenced or exploited because of the color of their skin for most—or even the entirety—of their careers. Our nation has missed out on the opportunity to know and celebrate their skills. And that needs to change. We asked Fabiola Jean-Louis, an interdisciplinary artist, and Michael Henry Adams, a historian and author, about Black creatives the world needs to know.

The creatives highlighted here are not new to American art and design history itself—you may even know these names already—but most have not been properly celebrated by mainstream institutions or publications until too late, if at all. Their stories and contributions to society are imperative to the art and design industries and deserve to be known by all, not just by

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Online Retailer Lulu & Georgia Launches French Art Deco Furniture Collection

If Lulu and Georgia wasn’t already on your radar, it will be now. The Los Angeles-based online retailer is an interior designer’s dream, offering the kind of standout pieces you might lust over in a magazine spread. Effortlessly blending classic and modern styles with artistic flair, Lulu & Georgia is a great place to find all kinds of handcrafted furniture and highly curated sculptural decor.

Pieces from online retailer Lulu & Georgia's new
Pieces from online retailer Lulu & Georgia’s new

The company’s latest collection of 32 pieces of furniture and many more accessories, “French Art Deco,” softens the bold, graphic style of Art Deco with a romantic French influence. Founder Sara Sugarman and her team of designers took inspiration from the Art Deco movement’s centennial anniversary, adding their own fresh spin to it. The collection was photographed within a classically detailed space to show off how beautifully it all fits together.

Pieces from online retailer Lulu & Georgia's new
Pieces from online retailer Lulu &
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Derek Erdman’s Chicago Apartment Is Brimming With Art and Oddities

Derek Erdman and Ashley Armitage moved to Chicago about two and a half years ago specifically to live in the apartment they’re in now. The couple’s 1,800-square-foot space in Logan Square, which also includes a 700-square-foot basement that Derek uses for painting, is brimming with color and characters. It’s the kind of place you’d want to be invited to for a party—you’d never run out of things to talk about. “My best friends bought the house and it had an extra unit, and I was pretty ready to leave Seattle,” says Derek. “I’d lived in Chicago in the past and missed it something fierce.”

<div class="caption"> That’s Archie and Chichi, rescues from <a href="http://www.pawschicago.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:PAWS Chicago" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">PAWS Chicago</a>. “They’re both the sweetest things, and they get along so well,” says Derek. “And they both have very distinct personalities.” </div>
That’s Archie and Chichi, rescues from PAWS Chicago. “They’re both the sweetest things, and they get along so well,” says Derek. “And they both have very distinct personalities.”

“I’m currently a painter and work in a law office,” Derek says. “I’ve painted for most of

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How the Art World Is Helping During the U.S. Coronavirus Shutdown

There are as many different kinds of patrons as there are artists—and sometimes they are one and the same. For an art world in the midst of coronavirus shutdowns from East Coast to West, the I have to do something moment hit when people saw their communities, and the lives of their friends and peers, being dismantled.

“I know them very well over at Sunset Tower,” says Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson, the beloved fashion illustrator whose drawings paper large swaths of wall space at Jeff Klein’s West Hollywood hotel. “From the piano player to the kitchen staff to Gabé [Doppelt, the former magazine editor and well-known maître d’ at the Tower Bar], these are our people.” His buddy, fine art photographer and director Tony Kelly, agrees. “The dinners Donnie and I have there are legendary. It’s like TMZ meets Art Weekly.”

In particular, it bothered Kelly to see his friends at

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