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African American Drawings

African American drawings have a rich legacy in American art. Historically, these artworks often grapple with the complexities surrounding identity as well as the struggles, challenges, and triumphs in the history of black people in America.

While there are exceptions, African Americans were largely underrepresented within the fine arts until well into the 20th century. This was often a result of racial biases and limited access to formal training. Jacob Lawrence was one of the first African American artists to receive widespread acclaim for his drawings and paintings.

Arguably now more than ever, African American artists are receiving more visibility and gaining greater recognition. Figures including Mark Bradford, Kara Walker, David Hammons, Glenn Ligon, and Kehinda Wiley have... Read more

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