Rising Self: My Personal Experience with PROCESSION, The Art of Norman Lewis

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Image Credit:Norman Lewis (1909–1979), Girl with Yellow Hat, 1936, Oil on burlap© Estate of Norman W. Lewis; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NYCourtesy of Leslie Lewis and Christina Lewis Halpern from the Reginald F. Lewis Family Collection

From The Dallas Weekly

During the summers, I flock to art exhibitions all over the country. It’s rather interesting that there is one museum from my hometown that I never visited before and felt like it was the opportune time to check out, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. Some of the best treasures avail themselves when one is in need of creative inspiration: PROCESSION, The Art of Norman Lewis exposed me to a new way of appreciating blackness, by placing myself in the experience depicted in his work, now on view at the #amoncarter through August 21, 2016. From the museum’s website, “This is the first comprehensive museum exhibition on the work of Norman Lewis.”

Norman Lewis was born (July 23, 1909) in Harlem, New York. He was an African American painter, teacher, and scholar and was an influential figure in the Harlem art community. The artist’ work is rooted in the abstract expressionist movement, and as a socially conscious black activist, he depicted important moments about the civil rights movement in his work. The museum is exhibiting 65 artworks by the artist that details the struggles, triumphs, and life of African-American’s (1930’s – 1970’s). Mentally, I was in artistic heaven while viewing the humbling and engaging exhibition that curtails the experiences of black people in America by one man’s visual conception regarding social issues and migrating to a new awareness in his professional career as an artist. Norman Lewis’ paintings speak to you instantaneously.

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