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"I am not a Black artist. I am an artist."-Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960-1988 Death by heroin overdose...

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Inge Ruth Hardison was an African-American female sculptor and artist of the 1930’s. She was known for her unique collection of busts called Negro Giants in History. The busts were meant to give honor to the blacks that were not then depicted in the National Hall of Fame in Washington DC. Inge Hardison was also the only woman among the six artists who formed the Black Academy of Arts and Letters.

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frank morrison | Frank Morrison — Urban Jazz | The Painted Note Gallery

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Janet Collins (1917-2003): dancer, choreographer, painter. "As a prima ballerina in 1951, she became the first Black artist to perform on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Starring in the 1951 production of Cole Porter’s Out of This World, Collins won the Donaldson Award, signifying the best dancer on Broadway." Reference: Black Women in America An Historical Encyclopedia Vol 1&2, edited by Darlene Clark Hine ©1993, Carlson Publishing Inc., Brooklyn, NY

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Black Artists Who Died In Their Prime

Dorothy Dandridge, singer and actress. First African American to be nominated for an Academy Award

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Kern Alexander Study I, 2011 By Kehinde Wiley. Love the way this artist paints portraits of urban men in classic scenes.

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prinnay: Happy 4th! Enjoy your family and freedom! :D

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Ruud van Empel: Photoworks 1995-2010

Rudolph van Empel graduated Cum Laude from the Academie St. Joost, Breda (1976–1981) as a graphic designer. In the mid-nineties, he decided to develop himself further as a visual artist. His international breakthrough came with his series of works entitled World, Moon, Venus (2005–2008). These were first exhibited , in the George Eastman House. Van Empel constructs his works through staged photography, digital enhancement and collage.

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Geoffrey Johnson, Gold & Black, 2015, Oil on panel, 40 x 30 inches

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A list of African Artists To Inspire Kids To Do Art

A list of African Artists To Inspire Kids To Do Art — Bino and Fino - African Culture For Children

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