Blackshear, Mark Lee. (b. Brooklyn, NY, 1953; active Brooklyn, NY, 2014)

Bibliography and Exhibitions


Three Days as the Crow Flies.
New York: Atria Books, 2003.
304 pp. First novel. Includes paintings by Simmons prefacing each chapter and photography by Mark Blackshear. The story is set in the East Village in the 1980s. Crow Shade, a black cocaine addict, steals three paintings and a book manuscript produced by a friend in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn and attempts to sell them in the East Village, passing them off as his own work. This results, of course, in his being 'discovered' as the next 'big thing.' In the process he meets an eclectic assortment of characters. 8vo (8.1 x 5.3 in.), cloth, d.j. First ed.


BROOKLYN (NY). Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Kamoinge, Inc: Black Music from Bebop to Hip Hop.
January 11-31, 2006.
Group exhibition. Co-curated by Danny Simmons and Mark Lee Blackshear. Photo exhibition of images of musicians. Included: Salimah Ali, Anthony Barboza, Mark L. Blackshear, Spencer Anthony Burnett, Adger W. Cowans, Gerald Cyrus, June Delairre, Colette Fournier, Russell K. Frederick, Wayne Lawrence, Herb Robinson, Radcliffe Roye, Jamel Shabazz, Ming Smith, and Frank Stewart.

CHICAGO (IL). Nordstrom, and other loactions.
February, 2006.
Group exhibition by Kamoinge photographers. Included: Salimah Ali, Anthony Barboza, Mark Blackshear, et al.

CHICAGO (IL). Nordstrom, and other loactions.
Highlighting Style, Spirit and Pride of African American Musicians.
February, 2007.
Group exhibition by Kamoinge photographers, a Black History Month exhibition sponsored by Nordstrom. Included: Salimah Ali, Anthony Barboza, Mark Lee Blackshear, Adger Cowans, Gerald Cyrus, Colette Fournier, Herbert Randall, Herb Robinson, Radcliffe Roye, Jamel Shabazz, and Shawn Walker. [The exhibit was on display at the following Nordstrom stores: San Francisco Centre, Arden Fair, CA; Sacramento, CA, Fashion Valley, San Diego, CA, Galleria at South Bay, Redondo, CA; Park Meadows, Littleton, CO; King of Prussia, PA; Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL; Circle Center, Indianapolis, IN; Southpoint, Durham, NC; Dallas Galleria and Houston Galleria, TX; Perimeter, Atlanta, GA; Pentagon City, Arlington, VA; Lloyd Center, Portland, OR; Downtown, Seattle, and Southcenter, Tukwila, WA.]

HAMPTON (VA). Hampton University.
The International Review of African American Art Vol. 19, no. 4 (2004): Special Tribute to Charles Alston.
This issue includes "What are the factors that contribute to outstanding success in visual art? What is the worth of the art?" Discussion by art historians Richard Powell and Nicole Gilpin Hood, curators Valerie Mercer and Jacqueline Serwer, collector Harriet Kelley, appraiser Michael Chisolm, art advisor Halima Taha, and gallery directors Eric Hanks, George N’Namdi, Michael Rosenfeld and Sande Webster. This issue also includes: "Charles Alston - an appreciation" by Lemoine Pierce; "Rescuing Two Harlem Renaissance Artists: Malvin Gray Johnson and Allan Freelon" by Kenneth Rodgers; "Courting Art ( NBA players who collect and the aesthetics of the game)" by Steve Prince; art news and reviews. Artists include: Charles Alston (17 works), William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kerry James Marshall (4), Romare Bearden (3), Horace Pippin (2), Robert S. Duncanson, Robert Colescott, Sam Gillian, Norman Lewis, Faith Ringgold, Richard Mayhew, Henry Tanner, Michael Massenburg, Edward Clark, Nanette Carter, Al Loving, Eric Mack, James Brantley, Beauford Delaney, Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Malvin Gary Johnson, Allan Freelon, Williams T. Williams, Elizabeth Catlett, Charles Sebree, Steve Prince, Chakaia Booker (3), Laylah Ali, Julie Mehretu, Terry Adkins, Nadine Robinson, Jean Shin, Hale Woodruff (2), Ben Jones, Lorraine Bolton, Marianetta Porter, Chandra Cox, Linda Bolton, John Biggers, John Wilson, Samella Lewis (2), Coco Fuso, Mark Blackshear, Herbert Gentry, Elisabeth Atnafu, John Vachon, and Barbara Norfleet. 4to, wraps.

NEW YORK (NY). Corridor Gallery.
June 22-July 26, 2007.
Group exhibition curated by Jamel Shabazz. Included: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Mark Blackshear, Cynthia Edorh, Kerika Fields, Akintola Hanif, Terence Jennings, Kalalea, Nsenga Knight, Wayne Lawrence, Stanley Lumax, Jr., Monique Schubert, Jamel Shabazz, et al.

NEW YORK (NY). HP Gallery at Calumet Photo.
KAMOINGE Photographers Group Show: In the Moment.
February 1-20, 2010.
Group exhibition of work by 24 photographers drawn from the current members of the Kamoinge Collective: Anthony Barboza, Adger W. Cowans, Salimah Ali, Mark Lee Blackshear, Spencer Anthony Burnett, Gerald Cyrus, C. Daniel Dawson, June DeLairre Truesdale, Albert Fennar, Collette Fournier, Russell K. Frederick, Ronald Herard, Jerry Jack, Wayne Lawrence, Darryl Sivad, Ming Smith, Toni Parks, John Pinderhughes, Radcliffe Roye, Herbert Randall, Eli Reed, Herb Robinson, Jamel Shabazz, Frank Stewart, Shawn Walker, and Budd Williams.

NEW YORK (NY). Rush Arts Gallery.
It's Bigger than Hip-Hop.
April 14-May 26, 2001.
Group exhibition. Curated by Derrick Adams. Included: Kareem Black, Mark Lee Blackshear, Terry Boddie, Michael Paul Britto, Quashelle Curtis, Keith Duncan, Stevenson Estimé, Cacy Forgenie, Jamal Ince, Lennon Jno-Baptiste, Jayson Keeling, Antoine Louisgrand, Stella Magloire, Diana McClure, Navin June Norling, Richard Rose, Sheila Prevost, Sol Sax, Eddy Steinhauer, Kehinde Wiley, Malik Yusef, et al.

NEW YORK (NY). Rush Arts Gallery.
Urbanicity: Experience and Meaning.
March 14-May 9, 2004.
Group exhibition. Curated by Senait Asfaw. Included: Derrick Adams, Elizabeth Atnafu, Mark Blackshear, Gregory Coates, Lennon Jno-Baptiste, Justine Reyes, et al.

NEW YORK (NY). Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba House.
Experience Returns to Essence.
February 9-March 22, 2008.
Group exhibition by members of National Conference of Artists. Included: O'Neal Abel, Salimah Ali, Abdullah Aziz, Anthony Barboza, Mark Blackshear, Betty Blayton, Kwame Brathwaite, Sikolo Brathwaite, Elombe Brath, Nomsa Brath, Sharon Burton, Doris Colbert-Kennedy, Sadikisha Saundra Collier, Gerald Cyrus, Robert Daniels, Collette Fournier, Russell Frederick, Gaylord Hassan, Kristen Hayes, Linda Hiwot, Hugeaux, Veron Israel, Jerry Jack, MLJ Johnson, Larry Joseph, Charlotte Ka, Wayne Lawrence, Gloria Aziza Lawyer, Gina Lewis, Karl McIntosh, Adrienne Mills, Carolyn Maitland, Dindga McCannon, Adrienne Mills, Louis Mims, Camille Mosley-Pasley, Doris Colbert Kennedy, Hassan Musa, Otto Neals, Ademola Olugebefola, James Phillips, Darlene F (aka Darlene F. Rollins), John Pinderhughes, Aaron Ibi Pori Pitts, Herb Robinson, Amber Robles-Gordon, Radcliffe Roye, Gina Samson, Shawn Walker, James Sepyo, Frank Stewart, and Emmett Wigglesworth.

PHILADELPHIA (PA). African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Saturday Night / Sunday Morning.
April 10-September 17, 2005.
Curated by Deborah Willis. Enormous group exhibition of contemporary Black photographers. Included: Jim Alexander, Linda L. Ammons, Ken Ashton, Harold Baquet, Petrushka Bazin, Bonita Bing, Mark Lee Blackshear, Barbara Blanco, Terry Boddie, Deadra Bryant, Keith Calhoun, Michael Cheers, Carl Clark, Linda Day Clark, Beverly Collins-Roberts, Beverly Cox, Gerald Cyrus, C. Daniel Dawson, Isaac Diggs, Kimara Alan Dixon, Sean Drakes, David C. Driskell, Ken Dunkley, Kerika Fields, Jack Franklin, Russell K. Frederick, Roland Freeman, Jonathan Bruce French, Phyllis Galembo, Wyatt Gallery, Gerard H. Gaskin, Bob Gore, Ronald Gray, Joy Gregory, Lonnie Graham, Gregory Halpern, Thomas Alan Harris & Don Perry, Chester Higgins, Jr., Sylvia Hoke, Curlee Holton, Jessica Ingram, Danielle Jackson, Terrence Jennings, Jason Miccolo Johnson, Lou Jones, Gediyon Kifle, Gloria C. Kirk, Bill Lathan, Melvina Lathan, Ramsess Wayne Lawrence, Nashormeh N. R. Lindo, Harlee Little, Ray A. Llanos, Isabelle Lutterodt, Jati Lindsay, Amanda Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis III, Diana McClure, Chandra McCormick, Cecil McDonald, Jr., Bruce McNeil, Lloyd McNeill, Stephen Marc, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. Julio Nazario, Oggi Ogburn, Kambui Olujimi, D. Michael Platt, Ernie Paniccioli, Gordon Parks, Brian Palmer, Wendy Phillips, John Pinderhughes, Sheila Pree, Faith Ringgold, Bayeté Ross-Smith, Joseph Rodriguez, Kenneth Royster, Sue Ross, Radcliffe Roye, Tasin Sabir, Jeffrey Henson Scales, Meg Henson Scales, Jamel Shabazz, Accra Shepp, Daryl Sivad, Clarissa Sligh, Lester Sloan, Paul D. Somerville III, Lamont Steptoe, Charles "Chuck" Stewart, Frank Stewart, Kasha Stewart, Johnette Iris Stubbs, Noelle Theard, Hank Willis Thomas, George Dalton Tolbert IV, June DeLairre Truesdale, Sheila Turner, Stacey Vasquez, Colette Veasey-Cullors, Richard Watson, Eric Waters, Carrie Mae Weems, Wendel A. White, Carlton Wilkinson, Clarence Williams, III, Milton Williams, William Williams, Razi Wilson, Sarah Wilson. [Traveled to: Leica Gallery, NY; Chatanooga African American Museum.]