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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...

Keinyo White (b. 1970)

Keinyo White (b. 1970)

When asked if he has an artist’s statement, Keinyo White replied: “I don’t have one. I spent a lot of time in my 20s trying to live up to some sort of grand artistic vision and it only ended up impeding my painting. So now I just paint what I feel like painting without regard...

Walter Williams (1920-1998)

Walter Williams (1920-1998)

According to Rene Hanks in The Other Side of Color, Walter Williams did not start creating art until he was 30 years old, when he used his veterans benefits to enroll in art classes at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. There he studied under Ben Shahn, Reuben Tam and Gregorio Prestopino. In 1962 he moved...

Charles Sebree (1914-1985)

Charles Sebree (1914-1985)

According to Terry Bain in the St. James Guide to Black Artists, Charles Sebree cites his uncle, John Robinson, as the primary inspiration for his interest in art. Robinson drew stick figures and cartoons in his spare time. Bain says, “the cartoon like qualitities of ‘doodling’ remain in [Sebree’s] work,” even though Sebree was formally...