Contemporary African-American art has been energizing since the
1970's, and recently has taken off, in the waning years of the 20th century. Long
ignored, African American art and artists have been marginalized since the 1700's in
America. Until the 1970's, even the few established modern artists, such as Jacob
Lawrence and Romare Bearden, received scant attention at our major museums.
But all that is changing.
Today not only is
African-American art being recognized for its intrinsic values, but also in a cultural
context that is an integral part of mainstream American society. This is amply
evident in music and sports, where African-American contributions are well
established. As our society continues to assimilate and broaden it's cultural and
artistic perceptions, contemporary art will similarly benefit from the African-American
are at a cultural and artistic vortex.
The artists featured here
are just a few of the deeply inspired and powerful African-American artists expressing a
new America. Such a flowering of talent and motivation will surly become a part of
our collective art history.