The NAGB was pleased to present 'R. Brent Malone: Reincarnation' – a retrospective exhibition spanning the entire gallery, which featured more than 250 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptural pieces by late artist Brent Malone.
The show was curated by Dr. Erica James, former NAGB director and current assistant professor in Yale University’s department of art history and African American studies. The exhibition covered 50 years of Malone’s professional development. A comprehensive overview, the exhibition told the story of an art evolution alongside the ebbs and flows Malone experienced over the course of his career. The show comprised of works sourced from collections throughout The Bahamas and further afield — including a loan from the National Gallery of Jamaica. The earliest work on view was completed when Malone was just a 13-year-old boy, in 1954. Paintings from 2004, just before he died, completed the final body of work.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Brent Malone was a businessman and supported himself well as an artist. Much of an artist's ability to sell works is dependent on his or her ability to 'cultivate collectors' and connect charismatically with a market. While many artists' markets change posthumously, Brent's work still sells consistently after his death, and his estate is managed by his daughter, Marysa Malone. Art dealers Uli Voges and Jay Koment, both of whom know the importance of developing a relationship with collectors, participated in a panel discussion which also featured Marysa discussing her experience dealing with her father's market and the lessons she's learned.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
For Malone, like many others, art became a way of overcoming and working through personal turmoil. And in the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Month, it seemed fitting to have an open and honest discussion with others who could attest to their experiences linking creativity with mental wellness. That’s why the NAGB invited artist Tyrone Ferguson and psychiatrist Dr. Brian Humblestone to lead a discussion on just that. Ferguson and Humblestone responded to ideas of art as a therapeutic medium at the NAGB on Thursday, January 21, 2016.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
With so many Brent Malone pieces coming out of the wood works, it was evident that many of them had suffered at the hands of the elements here in The Bahamas. Art conservator and artist Katrina Vanderlip led a talk on conserving artwork in the tropical home on Tuesday, February 2 at 6 p.m. This talk was intended for anyone interested in finding out how they can keep their artwork in tip-top shape in our hot, humid climate.
Thursday, March 3
On Thursday, March 3, the NAGB hosted a screening of the Malone documentary, "Brent Malone, Father of Bahamian Art" along with an informal Q&A with some of his mentees and close friends. That evening also featured the launch of the NAGB's newest publication, the Brent Malone Colouring Book.
See images from the opening night here:
See images from the installation here: