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African-American Artists: 6 of 313 Total Artists
Basquiat, Jean-Michel Biography, Art & Analysis

Basquiat, Jean-Michel

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Basquiat, Jean-Michel Famous Art

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American painter who rose to fame in the 1980s, and was the first African-American artist to gain international acclaim. His emotionally-charged paintings gave rise to graffiti art and the Neo-Expressionist movement, and are still considered among the most avant-garde artworks of the late-20th century.

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Bearden, Romare Biography, Art & Analysis

Bearden, Romare

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Bearden, Romare Famous Art

Romare Bearden celebrated the black American experience, which he integrated into greater American modernism. He found his own voice by creating collages made up of cut and torn photographs found in popular magazines that he then reassembled into visually powerful statements.

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Jacob Lawrence Biography, Art & Analysis

Jacob Lawrence

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Jacob Lawrence Famous Art

Jacob Lawrence was an African-American painter who created compelling stories of African American experiences and the history of the United States.

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Lewis, Norman Biography, Art & Analysis

Lewis, Norman

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Lewis, Norman Famous Art

Norman Lewis, a leading African-American painter, was an important Abstract Expressionist, who also used representational strategies to focus on black urban life and his community's struggles.

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Ringgold, Faith Biography, Art & Analysis

Ringgold, Faith

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Ringgold, Faith Famous Art

Ringgold is an African-American artist, author, and activist, best known for her painted story quilts. Her quilts blur the line between "high art" and "craft" by combining painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling.

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Walker, Kara Biography, Art & Analysis

Walker, Kara

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Walker, Kara Famous Art

Kara Walker is a contemporary African-American artist who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black silhouettes.

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African-American Artists: 6 of 313 Total Artists



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