Friday, January 12, 2018

Revelations: Art From the African American South

The show Revelations: Art from the African American South, up at the de Young Museum through April, is completely wonderful and, if you're in the Bay Area, absolutely not to be missed.

It starts off with a huge room full of Gee's Bend Quilts, which I'd never seen in person before, and which in the flesh were so emphatically, powerfully beautiful I could not wipe the grin off my face. Then it move on to several wonderful galleries of sculpture and painting. Here are some of my favorites.

Quilt above is by Jessie T. Pettway

Annie Mae Young

Annie Mae Young

Gearldine Westbrook

Plummer T. Pettway

Rosie Lee Tompkins, Willia Ette Graham, and Johnnie Wade

Willie Abrams

Mary Lee Bendolph

Deborah Pettway Young (this one is two-sided, here is one side)

Deborah Pettway Young (and here is the other side)

Annie Mae Young

Florine Smith

Leonardo Drew

Thornton Dial

Thornton Dial

Cornelia Parker

El Anatsui

El Anatsui (detail)

Lonnie Holley

Mose Tolliver

Purvis Young

Ronald Lockett

John Bankston

Joe Light

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