2010-2013 Resource Library articles and essays with the topic "African-American Art"


Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery (5/25/13) Alternately impassioned, sardonic, ecstatic, and coolly ironic, the nearly 60 works on view at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) presented layer upon layer of deeply felt emotions regarding the Biblical traditions that many enslaved Africans encountered for the first time in the United States. Yet surprisingly often to some, the adopted Christian teachings were and remained for generations grounded in beliefs native to West and Central Africa, the original homes of hundreds of thousands of Africans who were brought to North America in bondage.

Robert S. Duncanson: The Spiritual Striving of the Freedmen's Sons, essay by Joseph D. Ketner II (5/19/11) Robert S. Duncanson was the first American landscape painter of African descent to gain international renown and occupies a critical position in the history of art. Widely celebrated for his landscape paintings, Duncanson began his career in the family trades of house painting and carpentry, before teaching himself art by painting portraits, genre scenes, and still-lifes. His success is remarkable as a "free colored person" who descended from generations of mulatto tradesmen, to graduate from skilled trades and participate in the Anglo-American art community.

Print Portfolios: From the Paul R. Jones Collection at the University of Alabama (2/3/11) This is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of 20th-century African-American Art in the world, amassed over decades by Paul Raymond Jones (1928-2010), who was described by Art & Antiques magazine as "one of the top collectors in the country."  The collection includes works of art in a variety of media from more than 600 artists.

Macy's Presents American Artists of Color (2/3/11) This exhibition, drawn from the Huntington Museum of Art's permanent collection, presents works by African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic-American artists either from or working in the United States. The exhibition will include paintings, prints and sculpture dating from the early years of the 20th century up to the present. Artists include Henry Ossawa Tanner, Yasuo Kunioshi, and Enrique Chagoya, among others.

The Chemistry of Color: Contemporary African-American Artists (3/9/10) Chemistry of Color and its accompanying catalogue chronicle the accomplishments and struggles of African-American artists in the latter half of the 20th century with approximately 72 works by a number of preeminent modern artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold and Betye Saar. The Columbia Museum of Art exhibition includes works by 41 artists including Moe Brooker, James Brantley, Charles Searles, Sam Gilliam and others who have made major contributions to the development of American art.


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