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Ernie Barnes: the overlooked legacy of the athlete turned celebrity artist | The Guardian

Ernie Barnes: the overlooked legacy of the athlete turned celebrity artist | The Guardian

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Historically noted as the first professional American athlete to become a painter, the artistic legacy of football player Ernie Barnes still remains overlooked.

But now, as part of a long overdue survey, his art is on view in Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective, which runs at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles until 8 September. Over 50 paintings, photos and ephemera – including his football helmet, the chair from his studio, and his paintbrushes – are on view, detailing his career, hidden from the spotlight. This is despite creating album covers for Marvin Gaye, receiving a commissioned by Kanye West and being named the official artist of the 1984 Olympics.

“He’s not a part of art history,” said Bridget R Cooks, who co-curated the exhibition with Vida L Brown. “Barnes is not someone in any art history book that I own or have seen, but he has influenced thousands of people through the popular vehicles he accessed for his work.”

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By Nadja Sayej, The Guardian
Featured Image, Ernie Barnes’ The Sugar Shack. Photograph: Courtesy of the Ernie Barnes estate.
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