Writer

2022

Robinson, Shantay. “Close Looking: Betye Saar – Not Easily Expressed.” Black Art in America, 15 June 2022, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=1265

Robinson, Shantay. “The Craft World is Undergoing a Democratization.” Smithsonian, 6 June 2022, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/the-craft-world-is-undergoing-a-democratization-180980182/

Robinson, Shantay. “Close Looking: John Biggers – Characterizing Symbolism.” Black Art in America, 28 Apr. 2022, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=12266

Robinson, Shantay. “A Trio of Elizabeth Catlett Sculptures Convey the Power of Service to Humanity.” Smithsonian, 27 Apr. 2022, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/three-magnificent-bronze-sculptures-by-the-acclaimed-elizabeth-catlett-hold-pride-of-place-180979971/

Robinson, Shantay. “These Artworks Reimagine the Legacy of the African Diaspora.” Smithsonian, 11 Apr. 2022, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-artworks-reimagine-the-legacy-of-the-african-diaspora-180979893/

Robinson, Shantay. “Comparing Black Representation 1994 – Now.” Black Art in America, 25, Mar. 2022, https://media- archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=11880

Robinson, Shantay. “How Black Men Changed the World.” Smithsonian, 14 Mar. 2022, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-black-men-changed-the-world-180979710/

Robinson, Shantay. “Photographer Ike Ude is Retelling Africa’s Narrative with the Power of Portraiture.” Smithsonian, 25 Feb. 2022, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/photographer-ike-ude-is-retelling-africas-narrative-with-the-power-of-portraiture-180979638/

Robinson, Shantay. “Queens Is Representing the Ladies in the House the Ways that Hip Hop Never Did.” Madame Noire, 8 Feb. 2022, https://madamenoire.com/1307067/queens-is-representing-the-ladies-in-the-house-in-ways-that-hip-hop-never-did/

Robinson, Shantay. “URBAN ONE HONORS PRESENTS: Tina Turner – The Legend of a Strong Black Woman.” Madame Noire, 16 Jan. 2022, https://www.yahoo.com/now/urban-one-honors-presents-tina-140005611.html

2021

Robinson, Shantay. “Black Abstraction: Symbolizing Reality for Meaning.” Black Art in America, 31 Dec. 2021, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=11112

Robinson, Shantay. “Introducing Amber Mark: A NextGen Wonder Who Hits the Mark on Love Songs.” Madame Noire, 27 Dec. 2021, https://www.yahoo.com/now/introducing-amber-mark-nextgen-wonder-133655020.html

Robinson, Shantay. “Artist Toyin Oji Odutola Brings Us Closer to Truth.” Washington City Paper, 2 Dec. 2021, https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/541090/artist-toyin-ojih-odutola-brings-us-closer-to-truth/

Robinson, Shantay. “Galerie Myrtis: Exhibiting Black Art at the Venice Biennale.” Black Art in America, 4 Nov. 2021, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=10667

Robinson, Shantay. “Deborah Roberts’ Investment in Time Pays Off.” Black Art in America, 30 Sept. 2021,https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=10289

Robinson, Shantay. “Locally Based Black Girls Who Paint Connects and Uplifts Its Artists.” Washington City Paper, 13 Aug. 2021, https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/528080/dc-based-black-girls-who-paint-connects-and-uplifts-its-artists/

Robinson, Shantay. “In Shoulder the Deed, Artists Reflect on the Present and the Past.” Washington City Paper, 15 July 2021, https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/523558/shoulder-the-deed-stable-eckington/

Robinson, Shantay. “Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend Uses Hair to Tell the Story of Black Life.” Washington City Paper, 8 Apr. 2021, https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/514024/sonya-clark-tatter-bristle-and-mend-uses-hair-to-tell-the-story-of-black-life/

Robinson, Shantay. “Renee Stout: Working with Spirit.” Black Art in America, 25 March 2021, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=9352

Robinson, Shantay. “Abstracting Social Questions: The Work of Juan Logan.” Black Art in America, 19 Feb. 2021, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=8997

Robinson, Shantay. “Tinkering with the Source: The Work of Martha Jackson Jarvis.” Black Art in America, 28 Jan. 2021, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=8710

2020

Robinson, Shantay. “Aminah Robinson: The Transformative Power of Her Art.” Black Art in America, 16 Nov. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=8302

Robinson, Shantay. “New Paintings by Sam Dunson Explore Black Male Demise.” Nashville Scene, 12 Nov. 2020, https://www.nashvillescene.com/arts-culture/visual-art/article/21144414/new-paintings-by-sam-dunson-examine-black-male-demise

Robinson, Shantay. “Assemblage: Surpassing the Original Intent.” Black Art in America, 25 Oct. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=8228

Robinson, Shantay. “Syd Carpenter: Making Her Mother’s Garden.” Black Art in America, 14 Sept. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=8047

Robinson, Shantay. “Still Life: Reckoning with Time.” Black Art in America, 1 Sept. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7991

Robinson, Shantay. “The Aesthetics of the Black Arts Movement.” Black Art in America, 24 Aug. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7943

Robinson, Shantay. “Activating an Afrofemcentric Critique.” Black Art in America, 11 Aug. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7890

Robinson, Shantay. “Art is a Family Affair: Relatives Working in Visual Art.” Black Art in America, 19 July 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7773

Robinson, Shantay. “Endorsed by the Ancestors: The Ascent of Charly Palmer.” Black Art in America, 10 July 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7709

Robinson, Shantay. “Art in the Age of an Awakening: Assessing an Artwork by Arthur Jafa.” Black Art in America, 4 July 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7666

Robinson, Shantay. “The Significance of the Black Lives Matter Mural.” Black Art in America, 11 June 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7616

Robinson, Shantay. “15 Enlightening Books About Black Art.” Black Art in America, 2 June 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7616

Robinson, Shantay. “Maurice Evans and Grace Kisa Bring Nu Africans to the Hammonds House.” Black Art in America, 26 May 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7523

Robinson, Shantay. “How Artists Are Bringing Us Together While Staying Apart.” Black Art in America, 4 May 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7357

Robinson, Shantay. “Could We Call It Post-Basquiat?” Black Art in America, 20 Apr. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7255

Robinson, Shantay. “Of Self and Others: The Art of Fahamu Pecou.” Black Art in America, 10 Apr. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7180

Robinson, Shantay. “Liminality and Making Space: The Art of Daphne Arthur.” Black Art in America, 30 Mar. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=7128

Robinson, Shantay. “What’s the Deal with Conceptual Art.” Black Art in America, 15 Mar. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=6971

Robinson, Shantay. “10 Breakthrough Black Men Artists as Polled by Black-Owned Art Galleries.” Black Art in America, 3 Mar. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=6714

Robinson, Shantay. “10 Breakthrough Black Women Artists as Polled by Black-Owned Art Galleries.” Black Art in America, 27 Feb. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=6675

Robinson, Shantay. “Setting the Artworld Ablaze: Looking at the Artistic Legacy of Reginald Gammon.” Black Art in America, 12 Feb. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=6599

Robinson, Shantay. “Depicting the Harshest Realities in the Most Beautiful Ways: The Art of Frederick D. Jones.” Black Art in America, 4 Feb. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=6489

Robinson, Shantay. “Art Therapy as a Gift of Kindness.” Black Art in America, 20 Jan. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=6389

Robinson, Shantay. “Black Art: Ghettoizing Art or Creating Space.” Black Art in America, 9 Jan. 2020, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=6295

 2019

Robinson, Shantay. “Moving Monuments and Considering Community.” Black Art in America, 30 Dec. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=6280]

Robinson, Shantay. “Courting Corporate Collectors.” Black Art in America, 23 Dec. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=6258

Robinson, Shantay. “How Poignant Are the Pictures That Portraits Paint?” Black Art in America, 25 June 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=5415

Robinson, Shantay. “Suzanne Jackson: Five Decades of Encouraging Life.” Black Art in America, 11 June 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=5352

Robinson, Shantay. “20 Top Selling Artists at Five Black-Owned Galleries.” Black Art in America, 2 June 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=5273

Robinson, Shantay. “AfriCobra: Nation Time Exhibition at Venice Biennale.” Black Art in America, 4 May 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=5273

Robinson, Shantay. “Shaping Alternative Perspectives through Visual Art.” Black Art in America, 16 Apr. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=5106

Robinson, Shantay. “Steeped in Abstraction: After 70, These Artists Deserve Acclaim.” Black Art in America, 4 Apr. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=5079

Robinson, Shantay. “Collecting African American Art After 20 Years: An Interview with Author Halima Taha.” Black Art in America, 22 Mar. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=5038

Robinson, Shantay. “Dr. Samella Lewis: The Godmother of African American Art. Black Art in America, 11 Mar. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4980

Robinson, Shantay. “The Intellectual Exercise of Talking About Art: An Interview with Curlee Raven Holton.” Black Art in America, 5 Mar. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4929

Robinson, Shantay. “Tina Dunkley: A Treasure Trove of Narratives at Her Fingertips.” Black Art in America, 25 Feb. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4885

Robinson, Shantay. “Minding Your Manners at the Museum.” Black Art in America, 31 Jan. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4771

Robinson, Shantay. “Measuring the Pervasiveness of Popular Black Art.” Black Art in America, 28 Jan. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4753

Robinson, Shantay. “Studio Museum in Harlem Ushers in Residents of the World’s Stage.” Black Art in America, 16 Jan. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4719

Robinson, Shantay. “Prepare for arrival: Michi Meko at MOCA GA.” Black Art in America 8 Jan. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4674

Robinson, Shantay. “Auctioning African American Art in 2018 and Beyond.” Black Art in America, 2 Jan. 2019, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4659

2018

Robinson, Shantay. “A Fine Line Between Satire and Myth: On Stereotypical Images.” Black Art in America, 24 Dec. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4642

Robinson, Shantay. “Putting Their Money Where the Black Art Is: Museums Collect African American Art.”  Black Art in America, 14 Dec. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4632

Robinson, Shantay. “A Very Abbreviated Version of Black Art History.” Black Art in America, 20 Nov. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4585

Robinson, Shantay. “The Quilting Tradition.” Black Art in America, 9 Nov. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4561

Robinson, Shantay. “The Afro- in Contemporary Art.” Black Art in America, 1 Nov. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4547

Robinson, Shantay. “A Critical Look at HBCU Museums and Galleries.” Black Art in America, 30 Oct. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4541

Robinson, Shantay. “Artist on the Move: Lavett Ballard on Her Work.” Black Art in America, 22 Oct. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4500

Robinson, Shantay. “Mark Bradford at the Hirshhorn Museum: Tearing into Our Civil Wars.” Black Art in  America, 22 Oct. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4497

Robinson, Shantay. “The National Gallery Offers a Peek into the Early Works of Gordon Parks” Washington City Paper, 15 Oct. 2018, https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/museums-galleries/blog/21032427/gordon-parks-the-new-tide-early-work-19401950-reviewed

Robinson, Shantay. “From Negro Art to Post-Black, Black Art Criticism is Essential.” Black Art in America, 4 Oct. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4334

Robinson, Shantay. “Artist on the Move: An Interview with Shanequa Gay.” Black Art in America, 4 Oct. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4333

Robinson, Shantay. “Looking Strategies to Impact Art-Going.” Black Art in America, 27 Sep. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4303

Robinson, Shantay. “8 Reasons to Attend the Black Fine Art Show This Weekend.” Black Art in America, 13 Sep. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4182

Robinson, Shantay. “Reginald Gammon: An Artist for the People.” Black Art in America, 5 Sep. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4155

Robinson, Shantay. “Barkley Hendricks: Philadelphia Native Son Leads Portraiture Movement.” Black \Art in America, 29 Aug. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=4141

Robinson, Shantay. “Remembering the National Black Fine Art Show and a Glimpse of What’s Next.” Black Art in America, 8 Aug. 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=3859

Robinson, Shantay. “10 Emerging Black Male Artists.” Black Art in America, 19 June 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=3455

Robinson, Shantay. “10 Emerging Black Female Artists.” Black Art in America, 14 June 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=3372

Robinson, Shantay. “African American Flag Still Flying High.” Black Art in America, 7 June 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=3287

Robinson, Shantay. “The Real Value of Art.”  Black Art in America, 7 May 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=3201

Robinson, Shantay. “The Message Behind Murals.” Black Art in America, 24 May 2018, https://media-archive.blackartinamerica.com/?p=3060

Robinson, Shantay. “At UMD’s Driskell Center Portraits of Who We Are Celebrates the Long History of Black Portraitists.” Washington City Paper, 14 Mar. 2018, https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/museums-galleries/blog/20996091/at-umds-driskell-center-portraits-of-who-we-are-celebrates-the-long-history-of-black-portraitists

Robinson, Shantay. “At the Brentwood Arts Exchange, a Legacy of Black Art Highlights from the Collection of H. Elaine Johnson.” Washington City Paper, 19 Feb. 2018, https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/museums-galleries/blog/20993041/a-curator-collects-a-legacy-of-black-art-at-brentwood-arts-exchange

Robinson, Shantay. (2018, February 2). “1968: Civil Rights at 50 Looks at a Pivotal Year in American History.” Washington City Paper, 2 Feb. 2018, https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/museums-galleries/article/20991173/1968-civil-rights-at-50-at-the-newseum-reviewed

2017

Robinson, Shantay. “Kara Walker Tells the Story of the Civil War from the Slave’s Perspective.” Washington City Paper, 27 Oct. 2017, https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/museums-galleries/article/20980750/kara-walker-harpers-pictorial-history-of-the-civil-war-annotated-reviewed

 Robinson, Shantay. “With ‘RSVP,’ Atlanta’s Artists Reserve a Seat in the Spiritual Realm.” Arts ATL, 10 July2017, https://www.artsatl.org/review-withrsvp-atlantas-artists-reserve-seat-spiritual-realm/

Robinson, Shantay. “As Flux Project’s First Visiting Curator, Lauren Haynes Speaks Candidly about the Challenges of Duration.” Arts ATL, 22 June 2017, https://www.artsatl.org/flux-projects-visiting-curator-lauren-haynes-speaks-candidly-challenges-curation/

Robinson, Shantay. “Midtown’s Premier Mixed-Use Development Unfolds into Artists’ Creative Playground.” Arts ATL, 29 May 2017, https://www.artsatl.org/midtowns-premier-mixed-use-development-unfolds-artists-creative-playground

Robinson, Shantay. “MOCA GA’s Permanent Collection Shows Us Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going.” Arts ATL, 3 May 2017, https://www.artsatl.org/review-moca-gas-permanent-collection/

Robinson, Shantay. “Mickalene Thomas Shows How ‘Black Girl Magic’ Has Been with Us All Along.” Arts ATL, 24 Mar. 2017, https://www.artsatl.org/review-mickalene-thomas-shows-black-girl-magic/

Robinson, Shantay. “First World Problems: Sean Fahie at Notch 8 Gallery.” Burnaway, 17 Feb. 2017, https://burnaway.org/first-world-problems-sean-fahie-notch-gallery/

Robinson, Shantay. “Alfred Conteh’s Imaging Atlanta: Placing the People Front and Center.” Arts ATL, 2 Feb. 2017, https://www.artsatl.org/alfred-contehs-imaging-atlanta-placing-people-front-center/

 Robinson, Shantay. “September Gray Closes O4W Space, Moves to Buckhead.” Burnaway, 18 Jan. 2017, https://burnaway.org/september-gray-gallery-closes-o4w-space-moves-buckhead/

2016
Robinson, Shantay. “The Perks of Partnership: Facing Race Conference and Wonderroot Team Up.” Number, Inc, 23 Nov. 2017.

Robinson, Shantay. “‘Africa Forecast Shows How Convention Inspires Black Women’s Spirit.” Arts ATL, 11 Nov. 2016, https://www.artsatl.org/review-africa-forecast/

Robinson, Shantay. “Hair muse: Sonya Clark at GSU Welch Galleries.” Burnaway, 1 Nov. 2016, https://burnaway.org/sonya-clark-gsu-welch-galleries/

Robinson, Shantay. “Studio visit with Shanequa Gay.” Burnaway, 17 Aug. 2016, https://burnaway.org/interview/shanequa-gay-studio-visit/

Robinson, Shantay. “200 Words: Jamele Wright at Southwest Art Center.” Burnaway, 20 June 2016, https://burnaway.org/review/200-words-jamele-wright-at-southwest-arts-center/

Robinson, Shantay. “Fabian Williams at Notch 8.” Burnaway, 26 May 2016, https://burnaway.org/review/fabian-williams-notch8/

Robinson, Shantay. “At the High Museum Basquiat’s Star Still Shines Brightly.”  ARTS.BLACK, 19 Apr. 2016, http://arts.black/2016/04/at-the-high-museum-basquiats-star-still-shines-brightly/

Robinson, Shantay. “Studies in Blackness: Paul Stephen Benjamin at the High and Gallery 72.” Burnaway, 29 Mar. 2016, https://burnaway.org/review/studies-in-blackness-paul-stephen-benjamin-at-high-gallery/

2015

Robinson, Shantay. “Sheila Pree Bright:  In the Eye of Change.” Burnaway, 24 June 2015, https://burnaway.org/feature/sheila-pree-bright-in-the-eye-of-change/

2014

Robinson, Shantay. “INTERVIEW: Visual Artist Michi Meko – Conjuring Super Powers.” AFROPUNK, 14 Mar. 2014, https://afropunk.com/2014/03/interview-visual-artist-michi-meko-conjuring-super-powers/