Artist Jacob Lawrence
In recognition of Black History Month, I give to you one of my (new) favorite artists. I’m sad to say that the images you see here are poor representations of artist Jacob Lawrence‘s work. His work is definitely something that needs to be seen in person. We have a few pieces of his work here in Seattle at the SAM, and I have to say they captivated me. Mesmerized me. His sublime use with intensity of color and dynamic cubism is something to behold. There is a flow, a life to his works that defies description. I found myself back at ‘The Strike’ and ‘The Long Stretch’ over and over again.
His work is actually more important in a historical context than it is in an artistic one. Lawrence’s The Migration of the Negro is a look at a part of American history that was largely ignored or unnoticed. Migration is a 60 panel series depicting the exodus of of black labor from the South to the North during the years of World War I. Please click on the link and take the tour. It’s an awesome experience. Lawrence’s work also covered other controversial subjects like war and the hard life of African Americans in Harlem. The works I mentioned above (‘The Strike’ and ‘The Long Stretch’) are tributes to Jackie Robinson‘s breaking of the color barrier of Major League Baseball.
To Jacob Lawrence’s dedication to his beliefs, heritage and to all the working class with his simple, humble and powerful work, Give Us Art! salutes you! May you Rest In Peace.
Art & Attitude,