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"When I conjure these memories, they are of the present to me . . . because after all, the artist is a kind of enchanter in time." —Romare Bearden on #collage #BlackHistoryMonth #HarlemHistory #BlackArtHistory
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Romare Bearden, “Soul History,” 1969. Collage, graphite, colored pencil, and gouache on masonite. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Abram M. London, M.D., Class of 1957. © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, 1997.210.
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Throughout Black History Month, we’ll share pieces from our collection highlighting black artists whose work has shaped our understanding of culture, race, politics, and art.

In 1945, artist Jacob Lawrence was one of four artists included in the exhibition “Four Modern American Painters” at the ICA (then the Institute of Modern Art). He was 27 at the time, and serving in the Coast Guard on the first racially integrated warship in the United States Armed Forces since the American Civil War.
Lawrence’s work first appeared at the ICA two years earlier in 1943, when the museum mounted the first survey in New England of African American artists, focusing on the Harlem Renaissance and its legacy at a time when Boston was still racially and ethnically divided. That exhibition came just a year after Lawrence’s 60-panel “Migration” series first toured 15 U.S. cities, bringing him national recognition.
Lawrence went on to become a treasured educator and one of the country’s most influential and celebrated modern painters.
#blackhistorymonth #blackarthistory #africanamericanarthistory #jacoblawrence
Acme Newspictures, Inc. photograph. Courtesy the New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress). Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, NYWT&S Collection, LC-USZ62-129809.

Quick charcoal sketch of the king for black history month #blackarthistory #martinlutherking #milesofart911 #nextbasquiat

"Bedtime" 1940 by Charles L. Salle (1911-2006) . Salle was the first African Anerican graduate of the Cleveland School of Art and this painting was featured on James A. Porter's seminal volume "Modern Negro Art" in 1943 . @clevelandmuseumofart @studiomuseum #blackarthistory

Jacob Lawrence was one of the most important artists of the 20th century, widely renowned for his modernist depictions of everyday life as well as epic narratives of African American history and historical figures. 🎨

Born in 1917 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Lawrence moved with his family to Harlem in 1930, where he came into contact with some of the greatest artistic and intellectual minds of his generation. In the previous decade, Harlem had experienced the remarkably creative period known as the Harlem Renaissance, and the neighborhood was still the focal point of African-American culture. Before he was twenty years old, Lawrence had developed a powerful, concise style that expressed all of the vibrancy and pathos of the neighborhood and its occupants. #blackarthistory

Elizabeth Catlett worked with artists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. She was also very politically active, so much so that she was arrested in 1949. #constructingidentity
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As part of the Constructing Identity exhibition, every weekend through June we will be highlighting 80 artists that have explored how race influences identity and community by pushing both cultural boundaries and racial stereotypes. ⠀

#blackart #blackartist #blackarthistory #blackartistsmatter #africanamericanart
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Elizabeth Catlett (American, 1915-2012), Blues Player, 1995, lithograph on paper, 22 1/2 x 17 1/4 in. © Elizabeth Catlett/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

#BlackHistoryMonth #BlackArtHistory Betye Saar (American, born 1926). "Black Girl's Window." 1969. Wooden window frame with painted pasted papers, lenticular print, framed photograph, and plastic figurine. The Modern Women's Fund and Committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds, 2013.

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"The Survivor" (874/1000) by @howard1867 alum Elizabeth Catlett. probably the only piece we own by an artist with international stature. #blackart #blackartmatters #blackarthistory #themckinneycollection

#BLACKartHISTORY:
In 2015 the Black Art Street Festival (formerly Tema Art & Fashion Festival) brought Dr. Kwame Nkrumah back to Tema through a mural by Versatile Artist MOH AWUDU.
TEMA was built by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in the 1960's to drive Ghana's industrial revolution.
Visit Tema Community 4 Kaiser Flat and see this beautiful mural.
#blacktivity #basfest17 #december #KwameNkrumah #tema #ghana🇬🇭 #art🎨 #mural #blogger #taff16 #throwback #throwbackthursday

Euzhan Palcy
Euzhan Palcy was born on January 13th 1958 in Gros-Morne, Martinique. With the help of her father, she became heavily interested and influenced by the arts, reading books like "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton and "LA Rue Cases Nègres" by Josef Zobel which will be the inspiration for her first film in which she directed at 17 in 1974. She then moved to Paris to continue her studies in 1977 and in 1983 she directed her first feature film "Sugar Cane Alley". The film became huge and with this success, she became the first Black person to win the César Award and in 1989 she became the first Black female director to have a film ("A Dry White Season") be produced by a major studio.
#EuzhanPalcy #BlackHistory #BlackArtHistory #blackart #blackartist #blackartists #blackcreator #blackfilmmaker #blackfilm #blackmovie #blackfilms #blackscreenwriter #blackwriter #blackvideographer #blackdirector #blackbusiness #blackownedbusiness #supportblackart #supportblackbusiness #supportblackartists #blackexcellence

#Repost @thelmagolden
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I first came to know the great artist Frank Bowling through his writing when I was an art history student @smithcollege. I read his 1969 "Discussion of Black Art" and many of his other writings in the bound volumes of Arts magazine in the Hillyer Art Library in the late 1980s almost 20 years after he wrote these words. Read them again yesterday as I have many times over the intervening years , in the excellent exhibition of Bowling's work "Mappa Mundi" curated by Okwui Enwezor at @haus_der_kunst Munich. Still resonant. The first paragraph .." The art scene is full of things that everyone knows about; grapevine truths that people carry around [rather in the manner of beasts of burden] like guilty secrets. "Guilty" because, although everyone is free to air these general truths, they are only tempted to do so under duress or in instances of extreme passion – offensively or defensively. One of these guilty secrets is the neglect of the black artist. By a rare piece of luck [perhaps it's an historical imperative] we have had a spate of black shows: individual, collective, old, new. But it is neither possible nor desirable to separate this sudden appearance of black shows from the extant political mood. And since art and politics are, in this case, inseparable, there is no better time than now to create standards." Frank Bowling Arts Magazine April 1969 #FrankBowlingHDK #OkwuiEnwezor #blackarthistory #frankbowling

I first came to know the great artist Frank Bowling through his writing when I was an art history student @smithcollege. I read his 1969 "Discussion of Black Art" and many of his other writings in the bound volumes of Arts magazine in the Hillyer Art Library in the late 1980s almost 20 years after he wrote these words. Read them again yesterday as I have many times over the intervening years , in the excellent exhibition of Bowling's work "Mappa Mundi" curated by Okwui Enwezor at @haus_der_kunst Munich. Still resonant. The first paragraph .." The art scene is full of things that everyone knows about; grapevine truths that people carry around [rather in the manner of beasts of burden] like guilty secrets. "Guilty" because, although everyone is free to air these general truths, they are only tempted to do so under duress or in instances of extreme passion – offensively or defensively. One of these guilty secrets is the neglect of the black artist. By a rare piece of luck [perhaps it's an historical imperative] we have had a spate of black shows: individual, collective, old, new. But it is neither possible nor desirable to separate this sudden appearance of black shows from the extant political mood. And since art and politics are, in this case, inseparable, there is no better time than now to create standards." Frank Bowling Arts Magazine April 1969 #FrankBowlingHDK #OkwuiEnwezor #blackarthistory

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series
Panel 57/60

#themigrationseries #JacobLawrence #painting #art #arthistory #blackarthistory

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series
Panel 51/60

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Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series
Panel 22/60

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Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series
Panel 17/60

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Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series
Panel 11/60

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This book is so wonderful. It has the complete migration series with accompanying commentary for each panel. It explains the cause and effects of the northern migration of southern blacks during Jim Crow. I wish that people took the time to truly understand art history. Art history is world history.
Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series
Panel 10/60

#art #painting #JacobLawrence #themigrationseries #blackarthistory #arthistory

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