Charles White exhibition
MoMa - Musem of Modern Art in New York, will host it from October 7 to January 13, 2019 of Charles White.
One of the most interesting aspects of this exhibition, right in the city where White lived and worked, is that every institution has the opportunity to highlight the message left to the city of New York.
The retrospective, which includes about eighty works including paintings, drawings, large prints and eighteen photographs, includes the "Five American Negroes" mural (1939-40).
The MoMA took a long time to make this retrospective; the main challenge was to find the artist's works because, currently, Charles White does not have a complete catalog and many works are coming to the market only now.
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Charles Whitewas born in 1918. He was an African-American graphic artist, painter, and instructor.
In 1937 he won a scholarship at the Art Institute, where he was introduced to the work of Mexican muralists by his teacher, Edward Millman, who had studied with Diego Rivera.
In 1940, the "Chicago Black Renaissance" was at its peak, led by writers such as Richard Wright (author of the famous Negro Boy) and Gwendolyn Brooks and by artists such as White himself, Archibald John Motley and Eldzier Cortor.
The scene revolved around the South Side Community Art Center, which opened that year with the support of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project (WPA).
White grew up in Chicago on the South Side, starting to paint as a boy.
He studied violin for many years acquiring a permanent love for music.
An avid reader, Charles White once said "A book that fascinated me and opened up new vistas, was Dr. Alain Locke's The New Negro. I had never realized that Negro people had done so much in the world of culture, that they had contributed so much to the development of America, it became a kind of secret life, a new world of facts and ideas."
The ACA Galleries of New York, which organized the first solo show in White in 1946, and the Heritage Gallery in Los Angeles, which represented the artist after his move to the West Coast from New York in 1956, were fundamental in this research. But his paintings were also found in Germany and Russia.
In Los Angeles, White taught at the Otis College of Art and Design; among his students, Kerry James Marshall, who considers him his mentor.
For more than forty years Charles White (1918-79) has dedicated himself to the interpretation of the African-American experience in paintings, murals and works on paper.
His artworks are incredibly deep to skilled draftsmanship and artistic sensitivity and power that has reached and moved millions.
His meticulously executed drawings and paintings speak of and affirm the humanity and beauty of African American people and culture. Common subjects of his artwork included scenes depicting African-American history in the United States, socio-economic struggles, human relationships, and portraits.
When Charles White died
He continued to teach, went back to working intensely on the graphics and exhibited his work until his death.
Charles White in 1979.
Title Exhibition: Charles White. A retrospective
Curator: Esther Adler and Sarah Oehler Kelly
Location: MoMa Museum of Modern Art, New York
Date: from October 7 to January 13, 2019
Info and tickets: www.moma.org