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African-American Art: 20th Century Masterworks, VI

January 14 – March 6, 1999

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Press Release

Artists included in this exhibition: Charles Alston, Benny Andrews, Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, Selma Burke, Elizabeth Catlett, Eldzier Cortor, Harold Cousins, Allan Crite, Beauford Delaney, Sam Gilliam, Palmer Hayden, Richard Hunt, Malvin Gray Johnson, Sargent Johnson, William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee-Smith, Norman Lewis, Betye Saar, William Edouard Scott, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Bob Thompson, Bill Traylor, James VanDerZee, Charles White, and Hale Woodruff

This is the sixth annual exhibition in an ongoing series which explores and celebrates the vast accomplishments of twentieth-century African-American artists. African-American Art: 20th Century Masterworks, VI presents rare museum caliber works, many recently discovered and never before exhibited.

Historically, in the United States, African-American artists have encountered a society which relegated them to its periphery, but the tide has begun to change. In recent years, there has been a remarkable surge of exhibitions, publications, and articles which have dramatically increased exposure and with this exposure has come the possibility for long overdue recognition. Presenting more than forty historic works by more than thirty artists, this exhibition aspires to continue the trend toward increasing education, awareness, and much-deserved appreciation.