Charles White: A Retrospective

Charles White: A Retrospective
Library Shelf Location 18.WHIT
Publication Date Jun 2018

Charles White (1918–1979), born in Chicago and educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was one of the preeminent artists to emerge during the city’s Black Renaissance of the 1930s and 1940s. A passionate mural and easel painter and superbly gifted draftsman, White powerfully interpreted African American history, culture, and lives in striking works that transcend racial categorization. His essential quest was to discover the truth, beauty, and dignity of life and people, using an expressive and highly accessible realism.

Presented on the 100th anniversary of White’s birth, Charles White: A Retrospective marks the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work since 1982, and unites a selection of the artist’s most important paintings, drawings, and prints. The exhibition examines the development of White’s practice, from his emergence as a force in the Chicago art world through his mature career as an artist, activist, and educator in New York and Los Angeles. The exhibition deepens understanding of White’s artistic production through the close examination of his early and later work, looking in particular at his output through the lens of Chicago’s unique cultural and artistic communities and the city’s broader contributions to American art history. Together, the featured works speak to White’s universal appeal and continued relevance to audiences today. 

ISBN 9780300232981
Quantity 1
Pages 224p; 23.6 x 3 x 31 cm
Authors Sarah Kelly Oehler, Esther Adler, Ilene Susan Fort, Kellie Jones, Mark Pascale
Format Hardback
Publisher Yale University Press, New Haven and London
Related Artist Charles White
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Painting
Keyword African American Art
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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