New Collage!……The Collector / African American Room

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So here we have a new paper collage. I enjoy celebrating the collector in art. This room is called the African American Room.

Each artist is an African American.

On the left we have Alma Thomas. Thomas was one of few African American Abstract Expressionist paintings. She was known for her basic geometric shapes and using bold and vivid color. Alma Thomas lived from 1891 to 1978.

In the middle we have Kara Walker.  For this work I made the dancer Josephine Baker using Kara Walker’s signature paper cut out with black paper. Walker enjoys portraying racism and actions that took place in the 1800s. Slavery and persecution are a repeated topic. I chose to liven up the work by adding some fleur de lis feathers. As an African American woman Josephine Baker chose to move to France and live where she could be seen and celebrated and not worry about her race. Kara Walker was born in 1969.

Lastly on the right we have the wonderful Jacob Lawrence. Jacob Lawrence lived from 1917 to 2000. A key figure in the Harlem Renaissance Lawrence made wonderful works of art celebrating the African American culture and in particular the Great Migration to the northern United States after the tough road of civil rights and freedom taking place in the South.

The work is small measuring 12 inches by 12 inches.

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