Jacob Lawrence was an African-American painter known for his portrayal of African-American life. Lawrence referred to his style as "dynamic cubism," though by his own account the primary influence was ... Wikipedia
Look carefully at Jacob Lawrence's “Street to Mbari,” where the artist captures the flurry of a busy outdoor market in Nigeria. In describing a 1962 trip, Lawrence said: "I became so excited then by all the new visual forms I found in Nigeria—unusual color combinations, textures, shapes, and the dramatic effect of light—that I felt an overwhelming desire to come back as soon as possible to steep myself in Nigerian culture so that my paintings, if I'm fortunate, might show the influence of the great African artistic tradition." It was during a second trip there that Lawrence completed Street to Mbari.
Imagine stepping into this painting. What do you think you might smell, see, taste, and hear if you were to walk down these #streets?#ArtAtoZ
Jacob Lawrence, "Street to Mbari," 1964, tempera over graphite on wove paper, Nesbett/DuBois 2000, Vol. P64, no. 3, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Dyke, 1993.18.1
Today is the final day to see Jacob Lawrence's "Migration Series" at MoMA as part of the exhibition "One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North." Today also would have been Lawrence's 98th birthday.http://bit.ly/1EG7zDV
4/23: In conjunction with the current exhibition "One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North," WQXR host Terrance McKnight curates an evening of music and performance with artists including Jim Davis, Kevin Maynor, Karen Chilton, Bill T. Jones, Alicia Hall Moran, Jason Moran, Damien Sneed, Bill Sims Jr., Ricky Gordon, Bob Stewart, and others.http://bit.ly/1OpCCUO