Home Posts. During the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights and the Black is Beautiful movements, many women painters of color, particularly African-Americans, rejected and redefined traditional standards of beauty and vitalized the black consciousness, undermining issues of racism, feminism, violence, slavery, and exploitation. From these artists, she refined her method: more vibrant and realistic. Her use of vivid colors, light, and atmosphere is remarkable.
In the past few years galleries, museums, auction blocks, and private collections have been awash in figurative works. After decades of abstraction and conceptual art, painters—many of them not previously part of the art establishment—are showing refreshing new ways of depicting the world, and vibrant new worlds to depict. And in the process they have resuscitated an arguably obsolete genre by representing faces that had been conspicuously absent from museum walls. The movement reached a sort of apotheosis last year when Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald were, respectively, tapped to paint the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama, returning to the origins of their art form as a means to glorify the powerful. The resurgence of figuration is a global phenomenon, one that has blossomed particularly among female artists of African descent, a once-neglected demographic that is suddenly being embraced by the art world. Many of these artists have roots on the continent but international educations and careers. Lubaina Himid, who was born in the Sultanate of Zanzibar but has spent her career in the U.
20 Important African-American Female Artists of the 20th Century
Female artists, regardless of race, are typically overlooked in Western art where the white male dominates. But it must be known that black female artists have been making a valuable imprint on the art world for generations. Black women artists participate in every medium and offer alternatives to the narratives created by the dominant culture.
Black artists have shared exquisite portrayals of the struggles and triumphs of African Americans through their paintings, sculptures and other artwork. Sculptor Augusta Savage was one of the leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance as well as an influential activist and arts educator. The first professional African American and Native American sculptor, Edmonia Lewis earned critical praise for work that explored religious and classical themes.