FIRST CHARLES WHITE now ARCHIBALD MOTLEY ... Why Black Art In America™ ? December 29 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Archibald Motley  . . .

Jazz Age Modernist, the first retrospective of the artist to travel to the West Coast -- comprising approximately 45 paintings, Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is a full-scale survey of one of the most important Harlem Renaissance artists active outside of New York City. The exhibition surveys Motley’s entire career—including periods the artist spent in Chicago, Paris, and Mexico—and presents the painter’s visual examination of African American culture during the Jazz Age, a time when society and attitudes were shifting.

"This is a rare opportunity for Los Angeles audiences to see the lively and incisive paintings of Archibald Motley," said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director.

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There is a move on the part of established museums to acquire the AFRICAN AMERICAN MASTERS for their institutions. The new curatorial decisions are coming from a new breed of curators who are moving outside of the box. 


A Charles White painting, Goodnight Irene, that once belonged to Harry Belafonte, has been acquired for the permanent American collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This effort was headed by Curator Stephanie Fox Knappe  "I realized it had the potential to resonate with the museum’s mission to nurture excellence, inspire creativity, and build community through the power of art.” 

Now added to the Charles White acquisition is the news of,  Jazz Age Modernistthe first retrospective of the artist to travel to the West Coast.  This trending will continue to become visible. So follow the bouncing ball and let's see whose court it lands in . . .