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African American History Month 2017 #3

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Karl Cole

Today’s artist to mark the fortieth anniversary of the exhibit Two Centuries of Black Art is Jacob Lawrence. His style is truly one of the most unique, personal styles to come out of the Harlem ...

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African American History Month 2017 #2

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | Karl Cole

Today my series about the exhibit Two Centuries of Black Art (1976–1977) continues with the work of Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891–1978). She has always been one of my painting heroes. Not only ...

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African American History Month 2017 #1

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | Karl Cole

The landmark first retrospective exhibition of African American artists from slavery to contemporary took place forty years ago. Between September of 1976 and August of 1977, the exhibition Two Centur ...

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African American History Month 2015 II

Monday, February 23, 2015 | Karl Cole

The G.I. Bill after World War II (1939–1945) allowed unprecedented numbers of African Americans to attend art schools. Since African Americans served with distinction in both WWII and the Korean ...

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African American History Month 2015 I

Monday, February 9, 2015 | Karl Cole

African American artists in the 21st century have embraced every art form, style, and new development, as well as pioneering many on their own. They have the added distinction of contributing a unique ...

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African American History Month 2014 IV

Monday, March 3, 2014 | Karl Cole

I know that February is over, but I wanted to present one more African American artist who has such a compelling body of work. Marion Perkins’ sculpture presents the rich tradition of African sc ...

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African American History Month 2014 III

Monday, February 24, 2014 | Karl Cole

After the Harlem Renaissance (1920s–1930s) and World War II (1939–1945), African American artists continued to seek a way to emphasize the validity of African American art in the modern ar ...

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African American History Month 2014 II

Monday, February 17, 2014 | Karl Cole

Richard Mayhew is one of my favorite artists because (hello!) he specializes in landscapes. He’s also been in the forefront of the effort to promote African American art without it having to exp ...

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African American History Month 2014 I

Monday, February 10, 2014 | Karl Cole

I’m always excited when I learn about a new artist! I’d never heard of Kermit Oliver, but discovered his story when we acquired an image of his work from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. ...

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African American History Month 2013 IV

Monday, February 25, 2013 | Karl Cole

To close out African American History Month, I’ve been looking at the work of Lisa Corinne Davis. What is great about many contemporary artists is that their work often defies any categorization ...

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