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Reckoning with “The Incident”: John Wilson’s Studies for a Lynching Mural.
Jonathan Kantrowitz, African-American Art – 2 weeks ago
John Wilson, Compositional study for The Incident, 1952. Opaque and transparent watercolor, ink, and graphite, squared for transfer. Yale University Art Gallery, Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund. © Estate of John Wilson John Wilson, Negro Woman, study for The Incident, 1952. Oil on Masonite. Clark Atlanta University Art Collection, Atlanta Annuals. © Estate of John Wilson. Courtesy Clark Atlanta University Art Collection On September 25, the Yale University Art Gallery opened to visitors for the first time in nearly seven months with new covid-19 safety measures in place. “Our wor…
African Modernism in America
Jonathan Kantrowitz, African-American Art – 2 months ago
Peter Clarke (South African, 1929-2014) That Evening Sun Goes Down, 1960. Gouache on paper. Fisk University Galleries, Nashville. Gift of Harmon Foundation. Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993) Profile,1960. Fisk University Galleries, Nashville. Gift of Harmon Foundation. (c) 2020 Gerard Sekoto, DALRO / Johannesburg, VAGA at ARS NY. A traveling exhibition planned for late 2022 will illuminate *African Modernism in America, 1947–1967. *The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and Fisk University Galleries in Nashville, which will be the first venue. *African …
Dox Thrash
Jonathan Kantrowitz, African-American Art – 2 months ago
Also see: https://www.hydecollection.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Thrash-online-exhibition2.pdf [image: Dox Thrash, “Saturday Night,” c. 1944-45, etching. Courtesy of Dolan/Maxwell, Philadelphia.] *Dox Thrash, **Saturday Night,* c. 1944-45, etching. Courtesy of Dolan/Maxwell. Philadelphia-based artist *Dox Thrash* (1893–1965) was both a pioneering printmaker and a noted participant in the “New Negro” movement of the 1930s and ’40s. A veteran of World War I as well as the minstrel stage, he trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before making his way to Philadel…
Jacob Lawrence
Jonathan Kantrowitz, African-American Art – 2 months ago
The paintings of Jacob Lawrence express his lifelong concern for human dignity, freedom, and his own social consciousness. His images portray the everyday reality, the struggles and successes of African American life. Using art as an instrument of protest, Lawrence aligned himself with the American school of social realism and Mexican muralist tradition. [image: Image result] *”Carpenters”* lithograph by Jacob Lawrence in the Bruce Museum exhibition”ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection.” photo: Joel Breger Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Lawrence grew up in Harl…
Archibald Motley
Jonathan Kantrowitz, African-American Art – 2 months ago
Twitter – Facebook Archibald Motley (1891–1981) was born in New Orleans and lived and painted in Chicago most of his life. But because his subject was African-American life, he’s counted by scholars among the artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Many of Motley’s favorite scenes were inspired by good times on “The Stroll,” a portion of State Street, which during the twenties, the *Encyclopedia of Chicago* says, was “jammed with black humanity night and day.” It was part of the neighborhood then known as Bronzeville, a name inspired by the range of skin color one might see the…
William H. Johnson
Jonathan Kantrowitz, African-American Art – 2 months ago
William H. Johnson, *Jitterbugs (I), *ca. 1940-1941, gouache and pen and ink on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.1063 *Jitterbugs (II)* William H. Johnson, ca. 1941, oil on paperboard. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation. 1967.59.611 By almost any standard, William H. Johnson (1901–1970) can be considered a major American artist. He produced hundreds of works in a virtuosic, eclectic career that spanned several decades as well as several continents. It was not until very recently, however, that his wo…
Red Grooms
Jonathan Kantrowitz, African-American Art – 2 months ago
For over fifty years, American artist Red Grooms (born 1937) has used his brush to capture the great panorama of life. And for over fifty years people have delighted in his luscious, loud, laughing depictions that so uniquely celebrate the famous and the anonymous, the meaningful and the absurd, the high and the low, of twentieth-century America. *Red Grooms, Cedar Bar, 1986. Colored pencil and crayon on five sheets in artist’s wood frame. Yale University Art Gallery, Charles B. Benenson, b.a. 1933, Collection* Executed in colored pencil and watercolor on five large sheets of pa…
Romare Bearden
Jonathan Kantrowitz, African-American Art – 3 months ago
Romare Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, the seat of Mecklenburg County, on September 2, 1911. About 1914, his family joined in the Great Migration north, settling in New York City, which remained Bearden’s base for the rest of his life. He became a prolific artist whose works were exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. He was also a respected writer and an eloquent spokesman on artistic and social issues of the day. His many awards and honors include the National Medal of Arts he received from President Ronald Reagan in 1987, one year before he died in 1…
African American Art – Georgia Museum of Art
Jonathan Kantrowitz, African-American Art – 3 months ago
*Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection*,” The Thompsons donated 100 works of art by African Americans to the museum in 2012, on the heels of a traveling exhibition drawn from their collection, “Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art.” “Expanding Tradition” is a second exhibition highlighting the couple’s commitment to collecting art over the last several decades through a new selection of works borrowed from their extensive private collection. “Expanding Tradition” also serves as the inaug…
Charles White.
Jonathan Kantrowitz, African-American Art – 3 months ago
With *Charles White: A Retrospective*, The Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago present the first major museum exhibition of Charles White’s oeuvre in over 30 years, on view at The Museum of Modern Art from October 7, 2018, through January 13, 2019. Covering the full breadth of his career with over 100 multidisciplinary works, the exhibition features drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, and contextual ephemera. Prior to its MoMA presentation, the exhibition will be on view at the Art Institute of Chicago from June 8 through September 3, 2018. Following its MoM…
Horace Pippin
Jonathan Kantrowitz, African-American Art – 3 months ago
Philadelphia Museum of Art A bequest includes three important works by the self-taught African American painter Horace Pippin, including *The Getaway* (1939), a stark winter scene in which a fox makes off with a bird in its mouth; *Study for Barracks* (1945), which conveys the everyday activity of African American combat soldiers in a dugout during World War II; and *The Park Bench* (1946), which is often interpreted as a psychological portrait of the artist and was painted in the last year of his life. *Horace Pippin, Domino Players, 1943. Oil on composition board, 12…