National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: African American Artists: Collection Highlights

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image of Street to Mbari image of Sir Charles, Alias Willie Harris image of African Nude
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image of Untitled: Four Etchings [A] image of Freedom, a Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times image of Tree
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The Gallery's collection of American art includes nearly 400 works by African-American artists. This online tour offers commentary on a selection of twenty-two paintings, works on paper, and sculpture ranging from a colonial portrait by Joshua Johnson of Baltimore to modern and contemporary pieces by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, Barkley Hendricks, Willie Cole, Kara Walker, and Lorna Simpson.


1Jacob Lawrence, Street to Mbari, 1964
2Barkley Leonnard Hendricks, Sir Charles, Alias Willie Harris, 1972
3James Lesesne Wells, African Nude, 1980
4Glenn Ligon, Untitled: Four Etchings [A], 1992
5Kara Walker, Freedom, a Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times, 1997
6Bob Thompson, Tree, 1962
7Willie Cole, Domestic ID, V, 1992
8Sam Gilliam, Relative, 1969
9Alma Thomas, Red Rose Cantata, 1973
10Martin Puryear, Lever No. 3, 1989
11Martin Puryear, Profile, 2002
12Charles White, Mother, 1945
13Romare Bearden, Tomorrow I May Be Far Away, 1967
14Howardena Pindell, Untitled, #20, 1974
15Joseph Norman, Slum Gardens No. 3, 1990
16Lorna Simpson, Untitled (Two Necklines), 1989
17Lorna Simpson, Two Pairs, 1997
18Fred Wilson, Exchange, 2004
19Horace Pippin, Interior, 1944
20Joshua Johnson, The Westwood Children, c. 1807
21Jacob Lawrence, Daybreak - A Time to Rest, 1967
22Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Seine, c. 1902