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African American History Month 2021 III

Monday, February 15, 2021 | Karl Cole

For my ongoing celebration of African American History month, let’s honor the life and work of Hughie Lee-Smith. He was one of many artists who matured during the Harlem Renaissance (1918– ...

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National Illinois Day

Monday, December 7, 2020 | Karl Cole

Being an art historian originally from Illinois, you just know that I have to celebrate National Illinois Day with some art. I chose two fascinating artists from Chicago. ...

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African American History Month 2017 #7

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Karl Cole

Let’s continue our look at the exhibit Two Centuries of Black Art with the work of Aaron Douglas. My first “wow!” moment for the work of Aaron Douglas came when I saw a series of rel ...

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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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Music

Monday, January 18, 2016 | Karl Cole

An artist picking up his artwork from the latest exhibit in the Davis Art Gallery, In Vision: 2D and 3D Landscape, proposed an idea for an exhibition of art related to jazz music. I’m sure the a ...

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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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An Ode to Mothers

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Karl Cole

In my ode to mothers, after Mother’s Day, I dedicate this blog to my blessed mother who passed several years ago, and my dear mother-in-law. When I think of how much grief my mother put up with ...

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African American History Month 2010 III

Monday, February 22, 2010 | Karl Cole

Like the artists of the Harlem Renaissance, African American artists of the late 1900s and early 2000s often focus on the relationship between African art and African Americans. For the majority of co ...

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African American History Month 2010 II

Monday, February 15, 2010 | Karl Cole

The first time I saw the paintings of William H. Johnson, they were works from his expressionist period, the first time he lived in Europe (1926–1929). Needless to say, it was one of those &ldqu ...

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African American History Month 2010 I

Monday, February 8, 2010 | Karl Cole

To celebrate African American History Month, I’m going to feature black artists the month of February. Naturally, I’m going to start with one of my favorites, Horace Pippin. ...

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