Art Galleries at Black Studies presents "Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure: Celebrating the Gordon Gift" closing day
"Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure: Celebrating the Gordon Gift" is one of two exhibitions on master American artist Charles White being mounted at the University of Texas at Austin. The exhibitions celebrate a major donation of White’s artworks by Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon in 2014, just as they participate in the centennial commemoration of the artist’s birth.
Containing a painting, several large-scale drawings, and a number of prints by master American artist Charles White (1918-1979), the gift represents a major boost to the reputation of the campus’ already prodigious collections, contributes to a more holistic understanding of American modernism, and makes UT a crucial destination to research Charles White, African American art, and American social realism.
"Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure: Celebrating the Gordon Gift" examines White’s influence on his students, in particular Kerry James Marshall, as well as on younger generations of artists - such as Deborah Roberts, Michael Ray Charles, and Vincent Valdez - who also portray the human body. Particularly compelling is why these artists depict minoritized individuals and what political work such representations do.