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Soul of a Nation – Art in the Age of Black Power: Black Art story at Tate Modern

Until 22nd October 2017

An exploration of Black Art in the United States is being shown at Tate Modern in a large exhibition entitled Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, from 12th July – 22nd October 2017, in London.

Black Art: the new face of USA

Spanning the period 1963–83, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power explores how the category Black Art was defined, rejected and redefined by artists across the United States. This British art museum gives visitors the chance to study some hitherto unseen works of Black Art from the period. On display in the UK for the first time, these works changed the face of American art. The public will be introduced to American artists such as Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar.  Alongside them will also hang the work of prominent British Guyanese painter Frank Bowling. The artist was resident in New York during much of the era of Black Art. Beginning with the establishment of Spiral art collective in 1963, the Tate Modern explores how debate raged among African American artists about this artistic movement.

The community of artists in the 60s

This British art museum looks back on the development of the artistic movement from 1963 to 1983. Black Art is an ideological movement that emerged in the USA at the start of the 60s. In it, African American artists got together to reflect on art and how to relate it to the politics of their community.  The Black Art movement reached its height in the early 70s. The period gave rise to radical creativity in art, music, theatre and poetry. In the visual arts, many artists tackled the question of black identity and the liberation of their community. Most of them created their pictures using photo prints and collages. The works to be shown at Tate Modern provide an insight into the culture and politics of the period. This exhibition looks at the political and social engagement of American artists at the time – at painters who were committed and tried to relate Black Art to the civil rights movement and other campaigns for racial empowerment.

Get more information about Black Art at Tate Modern

Place : Tate Modern

Address : Bankside, London SE1 9TG

District : Southwark

Open hours : Sunday - Thursday: 10am - 6pm. Friday - Saturday: 10am - 10pm

Transport : Metro: Southwark

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