NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, April 17th, 2010 - The works of notable artists Romare Bearden, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Norman Lewis, Charles Sebree among others, will be featured in the exhibition, The Artist Emerging (Their Early Years), at the renowned Essie Green Galleries, April 17th - May 22nd , 2009.
This exhibition chronicles the early years of todays most respected African-American fine artists, when they were among the emerging artists of their time. From these beginnings the featured artists began to establish themselves, and define their work.
Charles Alstons career began while still a student, illustrating album covers for Duke Ellington and book covers for Langston Hughes. In his thirties he gave up commercial illustration. The Metropolitan Museum bought one of his paintings for their permanent collection when he was forty.
Norman Lewis was the first major African-American member of the movement known as Abstract Expressionism. His first solo exhibition was at the Willard Gallery in 1949; he was forty years old.
Romare Bearden was recognized as an artist with his first solo exhibition when he was twenty eight. In 1945 the Museum of Modern Art bought He is Arisen. He was thirty three.
Charles Sebree was a part of Chicagos black Renaissance movement, comparable to the Harlem Renaissance. At twenty four, Sebree was honored that Gertrude Stein, Ferdinand Leger and Picasso encouraged him by saying that he was on the right track.
At twenty years old, in 1879, Henry Ossawa Tanner enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. At thirty five years old his exposition-sized canvas, The Banjo Lesson, was accepted into the Paris Salon of 1894.
As emerging contemporary black artists they were confronted by often unwelcoming, even hostile climate of early twentieth century America. However, these early trials and struggles experienced helped forge the artistic presence that we celebrate today.
The founders of Essie Green Galleries were mentored by acclaimed artist Romare Bearden. Following his guidance, the gallery specializes in exhibiting the works of Americas Black Masters since 1978.
Essie Green Galleries is located at 419A Convent Avenue New York NY, 10031 in the Sugar Hill Historic District of Harlem. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-6pm. For more information please contact Sherman Edmiston, 212-368-9635 or visit www.essiegreengalleries.com.
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