8 Cities Nationwide Will See His Work

Jacob Lawrence, The Card Game, 1953. Tempera on board, 19 x 23.5 inches. Gift of Dr. Walter O. and Mrs. Linda J. Evans. SCAD Museum of Art Permanent Collection. © 2017 Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society, New York.
The Card Game by Jacob Lawrence, tempera on board

The Art of Jacob Lawrence Comes Into Focus

The work of the first African American to be represented by a major commercial gallery in America, Jacob Lawrence, is the keystone of an exhibition that starts its eight-city exhibition tour this month. Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art organized the show, titled Lines of Influence. 

Inner Circles and Influencers

The exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Lawrence’s birth. It delves into his personal and professional touchstones as well as his own ripple effect.

To that end, the exhibition is sectioned thematically not chronologically.  It first presents Lawrence’s work alongside his mentors, contemporaries and influencers including Diego Rivera, Marsden Hartley and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence.

The output of artists influenced by Lawrence are also included: Derrick Adams, Sanford Biggers and Kara Walker among them.

Panel 58, Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence
Lawrence’s Migration Series (Panel 58, above) is one of his most famous bodies of work.

According to the exhibition press release, the artist was a student of Charles Alston. He was heavily influenced by writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance.

From 1941 until 1953, Lawrence exhibited at Edith Halpert’s Downtown Gallery in New York. In the 1950s and early 1960s, he was a regular participant in annual exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His Migration Series is one of his most famed bodies of work.

The exhibition is up in Savannah until Feb. 4, 2018, and then travels to seven cities.


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