AfriGeneas Heritage Arts & Crafts Forum
Black Artists and the March Into the Museum
The painter Norman Lewis rarely complained in public about the singular struggles of being a black artist in America. But in 1979, dying of cancer, he made a prediction to his family. “He said to us, ‘I think it’s going to take about 30 years, maybe 40, before people stop caring whether I’m black and just pay attention to the work,’ ” Lewis’s daughter, Tarin Fuller, recalled recently.
Lewis was just about right. In the last few years alone, his work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Art in Washington; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. This month the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts opened the first extensive survey of Lewis, an important but overlooked figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement — and a man who might well have been predicting history’s arc for several generations of African-American artists in overcoming institutional neglect.
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it's about time & Thanks to people like Oprah, Grant Hill, October Art Gallery, Thelma Harris Art Gallery,the Collecting Cosby's, Harry Belafonte, The Reginald Lewis Museum, Tom Joyner Foundation, blogs like Black Artists News & publications like Black Renaissance Noire & Many Others