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John Biggers (1924-2001)

John Biggers (1924-2001)

Samella Lewis says John Biggers searches for his African heritage through his art. He typically uses everyday objects, such as an anvil or washboard, as meaningful symbols of the connection between the earth and humankind. Jeanne Zeidler also points out that from the beginning of his career, John Biggers’s inspiration for his artwork has come from southern...

Romare Bearden (1914-1988)

Romare Bearden (1914-1988)

Romare Bearden is one of the most celebrated artists in the United States. In the St. James Guide to Black Artists, Dorothy Valakos says that the wellsprings of Bearden’s work are, “the ceremonial dimension of the everyday lives of people of color, at work, at church, at play; and the blues aesthetic, the affirmation of the black...

Archibald Motley, Jr. (1891-1981)

Archibald Motley, Jr. (1891-1981)

Archibald Motley, Jr. (1891-1981) is one of the most well-respected artists in the United States. His contribution to American culture is immeasurable. Not only did he create an impressive body of paintings and writings that document the African American experience in the 20th century, he also helped to build bridges between Americans of African descent...

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