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Professor Richard J. Powell Reflects on Archibald Motley's 'Portrait of My Grandmother' at the National Gallery of Art

Professor Richard J. Powell Reflects on Archibald Motley’s ‘Portrait of My Grandmother’ at the National Gallery of Art

  BEFORE HE PAINTED hotly colored Jazz Age scenes set in Chicago and Paris, Archibald Motley Jr. (1891-1981), made a loving portrait of his paternal grandmother embedded with history and the nuances of her life experience. Emily Sims Motley (1842-1929) was an ex-slave born in Kentucky. “This painting…is in some ways an outlier from those...
Latest News in African American Art: Philadelphia Mural Honors Couple That Sought to 'Improve Negro Race,' Detroit Art Week, Rashid Johnson Wins Aspen Award

Latest News in African American Art: Philadelphia Mural Honors Couple That Sought to ‘Improve Negro Race,’ Detroit Art Week, Rashid Johnson Wins Aspen Award

Dickerson Building Mural by Ernel Martinez | via Philadelphia Mural Arts Program   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   NEWS The legacy of George Edward Dickerson and Addie Whiteman Dickerson, a civic and politically active Philadelphia couple...
Valerie Gerrard Browne: Heir to Painter Archibald Motley Reflects on the Legacy of the 'Jazz Age Modernist'

Valerie Gerrard Browne: Heir to Painter Archibald Motley Reflects on the Legacy of the ‘Jazz Age Modernist’

“Black Belt,” 1934 (oil on canvas) by Archibald J. Motley Jr. | Collection of the Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.   THE FIRST GALLERY OF THE EXHIBITION “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” features a series of striking portraits. Among the group is an image of the artist’s grandmother. The narrow, vertical...
Popular on Culture Type: Top 10 Posts of 2015

Popular on Culture Type: Top 10 Posts of 2015

THIS YEAR’S MOST POPULAR POSTS, based on number of views, tended to be exhibition roundups and Culture Talk conversations with art world figures. The top Culture Type post by far, however, was a report published in March about the number of black artists slated to participate in the 56th annual Venice Biennale. It garnered more...
Art & Antiques: An Overdue Look at Archibald Motley, Modernist 'Mix Master'

Art & Antiques: An Overdue Look at Archibald Motley, Modernist ‘Mix Master’

  THE MOTIVATION BEHIND MOUNTING “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” has everything to do with exposure, recasting the legacy of an important 20th century painter. Based in Chicago, Archibald Motley (1891-1981) painted captivating portraits, lively street scenes and spirited social gatherings with a modern perspective. His canvases capture African American life with wry humor and...
Culture Talk: Duke Professor Richard J. Powell on Archibald Motley

Culture Talk: Duke Professor Richard J. Powell on Archibald Motley

  THE NASHER MUSEUM OF ART at Duke University is infused with Chicago jazz and Paris blues. Since January 19, the museum has been exhibiting 45 paintings by Chicago artist Archibald J. Motley Jr. (1891-1981). “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” presents a rare opportunity to experience the work of one of the 20th century’s most...