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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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:…

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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 …

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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 …

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