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How Jacob Lawrence Captured the African American Experience With ‘The Migration Series’ | My Modern Met

New York City has always attracted avant-garde artists. From the energetic Abstract Expressionists to the pioneers of American Pop Art, forward-thinking creatives have flocked to the city that never sleeps for decades. While each and every modern movement cultivated in the Big Apple has made its mark on the history of art, the Harlem Renaissance enabled an entire population to flourish. Throughout the 1920s and into the 30s, New York City’s Harlem neighborhood thrived as a cultural hub for African Americans. During this “golden age,” the arts thrived, culminating in a cultural movement that saw the creation of one of […]

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African Fabrics Connect to Form Quilted Portraits of Black Figures by Bisa Butler | Colossal

Brooklyn-based artist Bisa Butler (previously) uses brightly colored cotton, wool, and chiffon fabrics with bold patterns to piece together quilts featuring detailed portraits of Black people. The materials and themes connect American subjects with their African roots and tell visual stories of history and culture. Butler is a New Jersey-born African American artist with Ghanian heritage. A closer look at her portraits reveals intricate mosaics of shapes and patterns and complex multi-hued skin tones. For her James Baldwin-inspired piece “I Am Not Your Negro,” Butler created a portrait of a man seated in a pose similar to Rodin’s “Thinker” and […]

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New exhibit chronicling iconic black women opens at Seattle museum | KOMO News

SEATTLE — A new exhibit chronicling iconic black women debuts Friday at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle. Seattle artist Hiawatha D. calls his new exhibit ‘Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman’. KOMO News cameras were given a sneak peek inside the gallery before many of the paintings were hung to learn more about how the collection came about. Hiawatha says the series, particularly its title, was inspired by the 1851 well-known speech and rebuke ‘Ain’t I a Woman’ by abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Northwest African American Museum The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) serves to present and preserve […]

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A recently found Ben Enwonwu painting has sold at seven times its valuation for $1.4 million | Quartz Africa

When a man found the almost forgotten portrait of his mother in their family house in Texas, he had no idea just how life-changing his discovery would be. The portrait, Christine, was by one of the most revered African artists of the 20th century, Ben Enwonwu. The captivating sitter was Christine Elizabeth Davis, an American hair stylist of West Indian descent. The painting was completed in under a week as Christine was able to hold her pose for as long as needed. Christine, who was in her mid-30s at the time, passed away in Texas thereafter. But the painting remained […]

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5 & 3/4 Questions: Erin Robinson | Adobe

Erin Robinson (Brooklyn Dolly) Curent Residence: New York & Washington, D.C. Country of Origin: United States Instagram: @brooklyndolly Etsy Etsy.com/shop/brooklyndolly Describe yourself and your work. I am in my head a lot…a perpetual daydreamer of sorts. It’s quite a high when I get truly inspired. My mind goes into overdrive, and I can barely physically keep up! I tend to scribble numerous miscellaneous thoughts on Post-its and on my left hand. My work, I usually describe as sometimes hauntingly beautiful, bold, graphic, vibrant, textured, and always magical. As a woman of color, I also like to illustrate women that represent […]

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