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A New Mosaic: African American Art from the Virginia Museum
 
1/16/16 thru 3/5/16
Piedmont Arts

This exhibition features high-quality photographic reproductions of works by African American artists spanning nearly 200 years, from the 19th century through today. Encounter striking landscapes in the style of the Hudson River School, cityscapes integrating the mode of French Fauvism, the craftsmanship of a 19th-century professional furniture maker, and the contemporary integration of Japanese ukiyo-estyle prints with the symbolism of present-day urban American life. The exhibition showcases the great diversity in style, media, and subject matter of African American art.

The artworks in A New Mosaic were chosen from the VMFA collection providing an opportunity to see art by regional artists that have been in the collection for decades along with more recently acquired pieces by internationally celebrated figures. A New Mosaic demonstrates the growth of the museum’s collection of African American art from the first acquisition in the 1940s to almost the present day. While this exhibition is SOL-based and perfect for K – 12 students, anyone interested in art will enjoy the selection of works.

The eleven artists represented are Edward Mitchell Bannister, Leslie Bolling, iona rozeal brown, Thomas Day, Beauford Delaney, Robert S. Duncanson, George H. Ben Johnson, Julie Mehretu, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Charles White, and Kehinde Wiley.


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