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Benny Andrews

Benny Andrews (American, 1930–2006)
Rehearsal (Music Series), 1997

Oil and collage on canvas
46” x 42”
Bank of America Collection


© 2021 Estate of Benny Andrews / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY

Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold (American, b. 1930)
Coming to Jones Road #3: Aunt Emmy, 1999

Acrylic on quilt
67 1/2” x38”
Bank of America Collection

© 2021 Faith Ringgold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Dawoud Bey

Dawoud Bey (American, b. 1953)
A Woman Waiting in the Doorway, 1976, from Harlem, U.S.A., 1979

Printed 2005
Carbon pigment print, 5/15
6 1/2” x 9 1/2”
Bank of America Collection
© 2021 Dawoud Bey

Dewey Crumpler

Dewey Crumpler (American, b. 1949)
Blue Feel, 2018

Acrylic and mixed media on paper
22” x 30”
Bank of America Collection

© 2021 Dewey Crumpler

Willie Cole

Willie Cole (American, b. 1955)
Satisfaction Guaranteed, 2002

Iris print, 3/12
46” x 34”
Bank of America Collection

© 2021 Willie Cole
Digital image © Whitney Museum of American Art / Licensed by Scala / Art Resource, NY

Jamel Shabazz

Jamel Shabazz (American, b. 1960)
Knowledge is Power (Coney Island, Brooklyn), 1980

Color coupler print, 9/9
13 x 19 1/2”
Bank of America Collection<

© 2021 Jamel Shabazz

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CURRENT EXHIBITION

Vision & Spirit: African American Art Works from the Bank of America Collection

Vision & Spirit: African American Art is composed of more than 100 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and mixed-media works by 48 artists born in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Curated in partnership with the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the exhibition highlights key aspects of these artists’ lives, as well as the important objects they created. Vision & Spirit focuses on these talented individuals’ strength and spirit as creative forces whose work continues to shape our understanding of the world.

The wide variety of artists represented in the exhibition look forward, contribute to progress and guide the visitor toward greater equity and understanding. The theme of Vision & Spirit is resilience and how African American artists have shown this through their work. The exhibition explores the meaning of resilience: Is it perseverance? Is it staying power, or is it something much deeper? In any case, resilience embodies strength and humanity.

Artists in the exhibition include Henry Clay Anderson, Chelle Barbour, Romare Bearden, Dawoud Bey, Willie Cole, Murry DePillars, Jacob Lawrence, Whitfield Lovell, Gordon Parks, Faith Ringgold, Jamel Shabazz and James VanDerZee.

Artists have always mattered. Whether it’s Lorna Simpson, whose work challenges narrow, conventional views of identity, history and memory using the African American woman as a visual point of departure, or Dewey Crumpler, whose examinations of the lure of contemporary pop culture in his mixed-media works explore global consumer capitalism, they inspire other artists to push forward and develop new ideas.

Vision & Spirit inspires viewers to go on a journey of excavation and discovery. Passion, ingenuity and beauty are brought forth by the creative geniuses in this exhibition. Art is a two-way conversation; viewing art is not a passive act. The artist speaks through their work, and, by way of their experience, the viewer has the opportunity and privilege to listen, reflect and to be transformed.

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CURRENT EXHIBITION

Vision & Spirit: African American Art Works from the Bank of America Collection

Vision & Spirit: African American Art is composed of more than 100 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and mixed-media works by 48 artists born in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Curated in partnership with the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the exhibition highlights key aspects of these artists’ lives, as well as the important objects they created. Vision & Spirit focuses on these talented individuals’ strength and spirit as creative forces whose work continues to shape our understanding of the world.

The wide variety of artists represented in the exhibition look forward, contribute to progress and guide the visitor toward greater equity and understanding. The theme of Vision & Spirit is resilience and how African American artists have shown this through their work. The exhibition explores the meaning of resilience: Is it perseverance? Is it staying power, or is it something much deeper? In any case, resilience embodies strength and humanity.

Artists in the exhibition include Henry Clay Anderson, Chelle Barbour, Romare Bearden, Dawoud Bey, Willie Cole, Murry DePillars, Jacob Lawrence, Whitfield Lovell, Gordon Parks, Faith Ringgold, Jamel Shabazz and James VanDerZee.

Artists have always mattered. Whether it’s Lorna Simpson, whose work challenges narrow, conventional views of identity, history and memory using the African American woman as a visual point of departure, or Dewey Crumpler, whose examinations of the lure of contemporary pop culture in his mixed-media works explore global consumer capitalism, they inspire other artists to push forward and develop new ideas.

Vision & Spirit inspires viewers to go on a journey of excavation and discovery. Passion, ingenuity and beauty are brought forth by the creative geniuses in this exhibition. Art is a two-way conversation; viewing art is not a passive act. The artist speaks through their work, and, by way of their experience, the viewer has the opportunity and privilege to listen, reflect and to be transformed.

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© 2021 Estate of Benny Andrews / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY

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