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Eric’s Perspective : A podcast series on African American art | Episode #3 feat. Dr. Joy Simmons

Eric’s Perspective : A podcast series on African American art | Episode #3 feat. Dr. Joy Simmons

In this episode, Eric sits down with art collector and patron of African American art; Dr. Joy Simmons who describes her journey of discovering art at a young age while in Medical school. They explore her passion for collecting and supporting African-American artists. Guest Bio: A radiologist at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center for...

August 21, 2020August 21, 2020
Eric’s Perspective : A podcast series on African American art | Episode #2 feat. Phoebe Beasley

Eric’s Perspective : A podcast series on African American art | Episode #2 feat. Phoebe Beasley

In this episode, Eric sits down with renowned artist and longtime friend Phoebe Beasley, for an intimate conversation about her art and what drives her to create. They discuss her journey… from an aspiring young artist to gaining recognition as a celebrated American artist. For more visit: www.ericsperspective.com About the Artist Phoebe Beasley (born June 3,...

August 21, 2020August 21, 2020
Eric’s Perspective : A podcast series on African American art | Episode #1 feat. Michael Massenburg

Eric’s Perspective : A podcast series on African American art | Episode #1 feat. Michael Massenburg

In this episode, Eric sits down with artist and longtime friend Michael Massenburg, for an intimate conversation about what inspired him to become an artist. They discuss his experiences growing up in Los Angeles during the 1965 Watts Rebellion and significant moments that ended up informing his art. They reflect on the untimely death of...

August 21, 2020August 21, 2020
Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)

Jacob Lawrence is one of the most widely acclaimed artists in the United States.  Early in his career he gained acceptance from the mainstream art world and has sustained it ever since.  On the other hand, blocked from attending most art schools due to his race, he was trained as an artist in the black...

Rare Edmonia Lewis Photo Discovered

Rare Edmonia Lewis Photo Discovered

On a fall day in 2011 two Walters Art Museum colleagues walked into a Baltimore antique shop.  Jacqueline Copeland, deputy director for audience engagement, and Joaneath Spicer, curator of renaissance and baroque art, were looking for old photographs of persons of African descent for an exhibition to run parallel with a major exhibition that Spicer...

January 22, 2020January 22, 2020
Emilio Cruz

Emilio Cruz

Emilio Cruz has been described as an Expressionist painter. Expressionism is a style of painting that stresses the artist’s emotions over strict adherence to the rules of realism and proportion. Cruz draws on ideas and beliefs from many different cultures to create his art. Western philosophy, Eastern philosophy, art history, paleontology, myths, and his own...

January 21, 2020January 22, 2020
Artis Lane

Artis Lane

The sculptor Artis Lane is primarily concerned with portraying what she sees as enduring spiritual truths. These truths are that the growth of spiritual awareness is continuous and that nobody ever arrives at perfection. In addition, spiritual awareness connects humans with a universal force. Because Lane sees the physical body as a vehicle for a...

January 21, 2020January 22, 2020
Charles White (1918-1979)

Charles White (1918-1979)

Charles White is considered one of the finest artists in the American canon. He possessed great technical skill and talent as well as the ability to infuse his work with spirituality and purpose.  Eschewing the prevailing art styles and trends, he chose instead to focus on the lives and struggles of African Americans. “In his search...

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