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A ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive of work by Charles White will ex­plore his mas­tery across many medi­ums

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A ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive of work by Charles White will ex­plore his mas­tery across many medi­ums

Mark­ing a cen­tury since the birth of Charles White in 1918—and 36 years since the last ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion on the artist’s work—the Art In­sti­tute of Chicago is now pre­sent­ing Charles White: A Ret­ro­spec­tive, which will ex­plore and ex­am­ine the Chicago artist and how he pushed the boundaries of his me­dia and fig­u­ra­tive tra­di­tion in Amer­i­can art at a piv­otal time in Amer­i­can his­tory.

The ret­ro­spec­tive con­tin­ues through Septem­ber 3 and then trav­els to the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in New

York from Oc­to­ber 7 to Jan­uary 13, 2019, be­fore fi­nally mov­ing to the

Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art in spring 2019.The ret­ro­spec­tive es­sen­tially trav­els along the same route as White’s own jour­ney: he was born in Chicago, worked heav­ily in New York and then lived the last part of his life Los An­ge­les.

White, who died in 1979, promi­nently fea­tured African-amer­i­can sub­ject mat­ter that spoke to the cul­tural iden­tity of black Amer­i­cans.the artist, who was black him­self, was also painting as­pects of his own life and ex­pe­ri­ences as he came up in Chicago in the late 1930s as an artist for the Illi­nois af­fil­i­ate of the Works Progress Ad­min­is­tra­tion. white would later

Charles White (1918-1979), Har­vest Talk, 1953. Char­coal, Wolff’s car­bon draw­ing pen­cil and graphite, with stump­ing and eras­ing on ivory wood pulp lam­i­nate board, 26 x 39 in. The Art In­sti­tute of Chicago. Re­stricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hart­man. © The Charles White Ar­chives Inc.

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