Art in the Age of Black Power


Benny Andrews. “Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree?,” 1969. Oil on canvas. (Private Collection/Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — In July, a month before white racists gathered in Charlottesville for a torchlight parade followed by a violent Unite the Right rally, the Tate Modern in London opened an exhibition called “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.” It was a resounding success, not just because the subject was newly topical but because it galvanized audiences with its emotional and visual power.





Elizabeth Catlett. “Black Unity,” 1968, made with cedar. (Edward C. Robison III/Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art)