Author: Maggie Geier
Kerry James Marshall’s Lost Boys AKA BB
Years before Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Antwon Rose, and so many more African American youths lost their lives, Kerry James Marshall used acrylic and collage to create his Lost Boys portrait series, a memorial to the violent deaths …Read more
Celebrating LGBTQ Artists in the Collection: Larry Calcagno (1913-1980)
In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month last month and our upcoming Pride Celebration Week, July 27-31, The Westmoreland wanted to highlight the work of LGBTQ artists that are in our permanent collection.
Lawrence Calcagno, better known as Larry, was an …Read more
Loïs Mailou Jones’ Moon Masque
Loïs Mailou Jones’ “Moon Masque,” 1971, is a stunning piece of vibrant color and striking design. Masklike profiles and designs drawn from Ethiopian textiles surround a papier-mâché replica of a heart-shaped white Kwele mask from Zaire.
Though stylized, the faces …Read more
Sargent Johnson’s Mask
Internationally renowned sculptor Sargent Johnson was committed to creating positive representations of African Americans and focused on celebrating black female beauty through his work.
“It is the pure American Negro I am concerned with, aiming to show the natural beauty …Read more
Felrath Hines’ Red Stripe with Green Background
Felrath Hines’ “Red Stripe with Green Background,” with its tight geometric lines and bright hues, plays with the viewer’s perception. Red, yellow, and blue horizontal stripes separate a green gradient. A white pyramid bounded by black pierces the green plane …Read more
Beauford Delaney’s Can Fire in the Park
Beauford Delaney’s Can Fire in the Park, a swirling vignette of thickly applied paint in vivid hues, captures an urban scene of a group of men huddling around an open fire in a New York park.
Delaney developed vocabulary …Read more
Palmer Hayden’s The Janitor Who Paints
Artist Palmer Hayden’s The Janitor Who Paints features the common theme of an artist in his studio, but in 1969, he described this painting as “a sort of protest painting” of his own economic and social standing as well as …Read more
A List of Resources and Organizations Fighting Racism and Supporting Equality.
As we bear witness to protests across the nation, calling for justice and equity, we are encouraging our members and readers to learn about racial inequality, historical injustice, and take action. We have compiled a list of the following resources:…Read more
Melvin Edwards’ Tambo
Today we wanted to take a moment and look at artist Melvin Edwards’ Tambo, created in 1933, to commemorate Oliver Tambo, who died the same year. Tambo was the president of the African National Congress (ANC), who, with Nelson …Read more
Norman Lewis’ Evening Rendezvous
Artist Norman Lewis often claimed that art could not help solve society’s problems, but Evening Rendezvous is a painting making a strong social commentary.
The small white marks emerging from gray twilight resemble hooded figures, gathered around a bonfire suggested …Read more