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OP THE ART OF ARCHIBALD J. MOTLEY, JR. Jontyle Theresa Robinson and Wendy Greenhouse. Chicago Historical Society, 1991. 180 pp. with 106 ills. (70 col.). 26 x 22 cm. LC 91-28552 ISBN 0913820156 In English.
Accompanying the first significant exhibition devoted to the work of African American artist Motley (1891-1981), a Chicago painter best known for his colorful tableaux of the 1930s and 40s depicting nightlife in the city's black neighborhoods, this catalogue features illustrations and individual discussions of nearly 70 paintings, ranging from early portraits in the tradition of the Ash Can School to modernist renderings of nightclub scenes and late studies of Mexican village life. A substantial biographical essay describing the artist's training at the School of the Art Institute, his sojourn in Paris and his pioneering exploration of black themes is accompanied by a discussion of the history of Chicago's African American community from 1890 to 1940 and the problematic status of the city's black artists during the period.
Artist(s):Motley, Archibald John
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945 — Painting — African American Artists
Plans: 02,03,22
Worldwide Number: 023350
Paperbound Out of Print / No Longer Available.

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