6/2/20 Power Five #blackouttuesday

In solidarity, here are some of my favorite black artists and musicians for you to learn from and enjoy the amazing work they do.

1. Kehinde Wiley – Received mainstream attention for President Obama’s portrait. Not only talented in painting but stained glass, and even sculpture.

2. Blue the Great Incredible basketball courts, intricate paintings, and now has his own Nike shoe.

3. Amy Sherald – The artist behind Michelle Obama’s incredible portrait, Amy is one of the most talented artists in the country. As you look through her works, you’ll notice that the skin tones she uses widely vary but generally have a grey tone to them. This is her way of trying to comment on color and race in the world today.

4. Archibald Motley – Once you see one of his paintings in a museum, you’ll start to notice them everywhere. His works portray life for black Americans in the 20s and 30s as “a means of affirming racial respect and race pride.” Despite his death in 1981, Motley’s work resonates and brings hope for a new renaissance period for black people and culture.

5. Jean-Michel Basquiat – Last year, the Guggenheim has one of the best art exhibitions I’d ever seen. “Defacement” told the story of the murder of Michael Stewart in 1983 through pieces by his friends Basquiat and Keith Haring. Police brutality is not a new phenomena and cases like Stewart’s are happening everyday. Highly recommend picking up a copy of the Guggenheim’s exhibition book so you can see the paintings for yourself.

Basquiat – Defacement