Meet: Augusta Savage, a sculptor who overcame the objections of her father (a Methodist minister opposed to graven images), lack of funding, and racism to become a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance, the founder of several art schools and an educator of many students including Jacob Lawrence.
Augusta Savage with her sculpture Realization, circa 1938 / Andrew Herman, photographer. Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Meet Ellis Wilson: born in Mayfield, Kentucky, in a black neighborhood known as “the Bottom,” studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and won a Guggenheim Fellowship which allowed him to travel through the South painting portrayals of African Americans in their daily lives. Children of the ’80s may recognize his painting The Funeral Procession because it hung in the Huxtables’ living room on The Cosby Show.
The Like Above All Inches, 2013
[oil on canvas; 78.74 x 98.43 inches]