ACA Galleries, est. 1932

'Visions of America: A Black Perspective'

'Visions of America: A Black Perspective'

Saturday, January 19, 2002Saturday, March 2, 2002


Reception & Booksigning : Saturday, February 2, 4-6 pm

ACA Galleries is pleased to present its current exhibition Visions of America: A Black Perspective, a group show featuring the work of BENNY ANDREWS, ROMARE BEARDEN, BEAUFORD DELANEY, JOSEPH DELANEY, AARON DOUGLAS, BARKLEY HENDRICKS, RICHARD HUNT, JACOB LAWRENCE, RICHARD MAYHEW, FAITH RINGGOLD, CHARLES WHITE and HALE WOODRUFF, among others. The exhibition will open on Saturday, January 19 and continue through March 2.

A reception will take place on Saturday, February 2 from 4 – 6. Benny Andrews and Faith Ringgold will be present to sign their books.

The exhibition examines and celebrates the different aspects of African American artists’ perceptions of America. Contemporary painting and historical works are placed together to contextualize the changing face of African American Art from the Harlem Renaissance to the present day.

The viewer will enjoy a journey that explores various contrasting visions: the rhythmic jazz vibes in the collages of Romare Bearden; the powerful beauty of Richard Mayhew’s landscapes; exquisite figurative realism by Barkley Hendricks and Charles White; Benny Andrews’ spiritual and resplendent collage works; the unique storyquilts of Faith Ringgold, and more.

Cotton Pickers by Hale Woodruff is an important work from 1931. It was originally commissioned by a lintner company in Chicago and painted during his tenure at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Presumed lost for over fifty years, this painting was rediscovered in 1996.

Fruits and Vegetables, a complicated Harlem composition from 1959, by Jacob Lawrence will also be featured.

Selected works can also be viewed at www.acagalleries.com

For more information and photographs contact Dorian Bergen (212) 206-8080.