Untitled, c. 1966-1967Oil on canvas28 1/2 x 50 1/2 inches (72.4 x 128.3 cm)
Framed: 30 1/4 x 52 inches (76.8 x 132.1 cm)
“I try to deal with truth as truth … in a very spiritual sense—not ‘spiritual’ meaning religiously spiritual, but ‘spiritual’ in the sense of the inner-man.”
Charles White (1918–1979) is celebrated for his prodigious body of work that resolutely depicts the American experience, combating racial and economic injustice with images of strength and resolve.
Untitled (c. 1966–1967) is a powerful mature work. Made in the last part of White’s career, it is a rare example of an oil painting by the artist, whose health forced him to focus on drawing in the second half of his life.
An artist, educator, and political activist, White was an integral part of the intellectual milieu in his hometown of Chicago, and later in New York and Los Angeles.
In 1956, White moved with his wife to California, where he became the first full-time Black faculty member at his alma mater, the Otis Art Institute. Among those he mentored there were Kerry James Marshall and David Hammons, who have testified to White’s crucial influence on their work.
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