Black History Month 2016 - Images of Dignity or Image Of Dignity (Working Title)

All of his art is a testimony to the vitality of American culture, and his art is tremendously American. He is an artist of world renown and ... this work has a universality which transcends the various schools of painting and which will withstand the merciless test of time and space from here to the very end of time."

- Harry Belafonte (Images of Dignity: The Drawings of Charles White. ")

"There is a powerful, sometimes violent beauty in his artistic interpretation of Negro Americana. There is the poetic beauty of Negro idiom. This is the artist's most profound contribution, and it is significant that his art has never strayed far afield from the roots which gave birth to the artist himself." 

- Harry Belafonte (Images of Dignity: The Drawings of Charles White. ")

"Charles White's work has force and conviction," "Something of the throbbing emotion of Negro spirituals comes through. A restrained stylization of the big forms keeps them from being too overpowering. This is very moving work." In the ensuing years, collectors and museums in the United States and Europe acquired and exhibited many of his pieces. - New York Times Critic

At the heart of White's work was his need to explore the universal conflicts that plague all humankind. Human relationships, social or economic struggles, love and hate, justice and injustice were among the themes of his work. "I deal with ideas as an educator or a philosopher," White is quoted as saying in the 1971 exhibition catalog. "This is my life's work, and I treat this responsibility very seriously."

Charles White was born on April 2, 1918, in Chicago, the sole child of Ethel Gary and Charles White, Sr., a Creek Indian. As a boy, White drew what was around him in his Chicago neighborhood; dilapidated buildings and trash-strewn streets were the subjects of his childhood drawings.


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