Black Contemporary Artist Continuing our Creative Tradition

For thousands of years people of African descent have created wonderful pieces of visual art, most of which was stolen by “archaeologist” and is held  in museums throughout the Western world. In spite of the classism and racism that is prevalent in the art world there are many Black artist who are continuing our creative tradition and pushing artistic boundaries. Though many of us know that we dominate music, dancing and singing it should also be noted that from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Kara Walker Black artist  have and are currently making valuable contributions to the art world. Most often Black art is not just “art for art’s sake” but a visual call to justice. View these wonderful pieces of of art below:

By Kara Walker

The piece above  is a powerful reflection on the destruction of the Black family that occurred during slavery, though uncomplicated it shows the terror of slavery. Instead of featuring the male slave master this piece shows the role white women played in slavery thus challenging the traditional slave narrative.

“Apparitional Visitations” by Suzanne Jackson, 1973

This piece by Suzanne Jackson is a beautiful reflection on the inner spirit of the Black woman.

“Sleep” by Kehinde Wiley Photo by AP Photo/Corcoran Gallery of Art

This piece is a powerful and beautiful representation of the Black man. “Sleep” was featured in the 30 Americans’ exhibit at  Washington’s Corcoran Gallery of Art. 30 Americans’ was an exhibition of Black male contemporary artist that focused on sexuality, racism and historical identity.

“No Time for Jivin” by John Outterbridge, 1969

Rugged with a splash of red this piece gets straight to the point.

Black Contemporary Art on the web:

Black Contemporary Art

The Studio Museum of Harlem

‘30 Americans’ Brings Work of Contemporary Black Artists Together in D.C. by Jorge Rivas

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