B2 Gallery 4th Anniversary Celebration :: The Black Aesthetic Exhibition
B2 Gallery 4th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 11, 2014 | 7pm-10pm | $25
Come celebrate a very special evening - "The Black Aesthetic" Exhibition commemorates the 4th Anniversary of B2 Fine Art Gallery!
Live Music Featuring Akim "The Dream" Finch & Friends
B2 Gallery opened August 2010. To view past exhibition, see: http://www.b2finearts.com/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/
The current exhibition celebrates noted African American Master Abstract Expressionist Artists from the period of 1930-1961.
"The Black Aesthetic" featuring original works by noted African American Master abstract expressionist artists from 1930-1961, associated with the Philadelphia Pyramid Club 1937, Sprial Group 1961 and the Pacific Northwest 1930-1950.
Romare Bearden :: Paul Dusenbury :: Humbert Howard :: Norman Lewis
Richard Mayhew :: Milt Simons :: Thelma Johnson Streat
(September 2, 1911 March 12, 1988)
Artist. Writer. Activist.
During the 1950s, he painted more abstractly, this theme reemerged in his collage works of the 1960s. Founding member of The Spiral Group - formed to discuss the responsibility of the African-American artist in the struggle for civil rights.
Paul R. Dusenbury
Artist. Musician. Teacher.
"Developed his impressionistic painting style depicting atmosphere vistas of Puget Sound waters and landscapes."
- Marianne Hanson
(1905 - 1990)
A landscape painting created in the 1930s was one of two selected for the exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. In 1940, Howard became the Director at
The Pyramid Club in Philadelphia.
Artist. Social Activist. Scholar. Teacher.
"The development of one's aesthetic abilities suffers from such emphasis; the content of truly creative work must be inherently aesthetic or the work becomes merely another form of illustration; therefore, the goal of the artist must be aesthetic development, and in a universal sense, to make in his own way some contribution to culture."
(1934 - )
Artist. Jazz Singer. Professor. Activist.
"Critics admired his use of light, color and form, as they compared him to Claude Monet and Winslow Homer."
- Caitlin Forney, Spring 2008
Artist. Poet. Dancer. Educator. Musician. Composer.
"He forged a career that merged expressionistic painting, jazz music and teaching art to inner-city students."
- Shelia Farr, Seattle Times Art Critic, 1999
Thelma Johnson Streat
(August 12, 1911 May 1959)
Artist. Dancer. Educator.
Gained prominence in the 1940s for her art, performance and work to foster inter-cultural understanding and appreciation.
About the Editor of The Black Aesthetic:
Addison Gayle Jr. (1932-1991), a critic of black American literature and distinguished professor of English at Baruch College and the City University Graduate Center.
Professor Gayle was the editor of "The Black Aesthetic," a 1971 volume of essays, and wrote biographies including "Richard Wright: Ordeal of a Native Son" (1980), which documented the Government's longtime surveillance of Wright because of his political beliefs.
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