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Archive for Friday, November 30, 2007

Last weekend to view Aaron Douglas exhibit

November 30, 2007

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This weekend marks the final opportunity to view the exhibit Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist at the Spencer Museum of Art. The show represents the first nationally touring retrospective of the work of Aaron Douglas (1899-1979), the foremost visual artist of the Harlem Renaissance. A native of Topeka, Douglas vividly captured the spirit of his time and established a new black aesthetic and Utopian vision. Working from a politicized concept of personal identity, he combined angular cubist rhythms and seductive art-deco dynamism with traditional African and African American imagery to develop a radically new visual vocabulary. In paintings, murals and illustrations for books, his forceful ideas and their distinctive artistic form made a lasting impact on the history of art and the cultural heritage of the nation. The exhibit closes at 5 p.m. Sunday.

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