By Victoria L. Valentine
Major exhibitions throughout the United States and around the world feature the work of important African and African American artists this season. David Hammons is mounting a career survey in collaboration with Mnuchin Gallery in New York, the first such exhibition of the elusive artist’s work in two decades. Rashid Johnson is making his first solo debuts in Italy and Russia. Expanding beyond the rhinestone embellished paintings for which she is recognized, Mickalene Thomas continues to explore new mediums with her first exhibition of photographs at the Aperture Foundation and a presentation of film and video work at the Aspen Art Museum.