One name and artist stood out while watching the new HBO Black History Month doc, “Black Artists: In the Absence of Light.”
Jacob Lawrence, who died in 2000, worked in abstract realism and created this vivid, almost animated impressions of African American life.
Perhaps my snooping Facebook algorithm saw my mention of Lawrence on that review (search box on the right side of this site’s page), because all of a sudden I was bombarded with online ads from the St. Petersburg (FLA) Museum of Art. They have some Lawrences on display, as well as a few other notable African American artists’ work. These are on loan and are in their permanent collection, should you — like me — use films as tips on where to visit, what to read, what to see.
The top painting is “In the Black Belt,” a large cross section of life whirled into a single painting.
The second is “The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots, @1920.
Here’s Randall Dave
y’s portrait of the great baritone and actor Paul Robeson.
George Luc’s “The Musician “
And Fletcher Martin’s “The Undefeated.”