[W]hat did it mean to be a black artist in the USA during the Civil Rights movement and at the birth of Black Power? What was art’s purpose and who was its audience? Answering these questions with over 150 works of art, many of which have never been seen in the UK before is Soul of A Nation: Art In The Age of Black Power showing at the Tate Modern this summer.
Beginning in 1963 with the inception of New York based collective Spiral Group, the exhibition journeys through the ascension of Black Power from artistic representation of political figures such as Malcolm X, the debate between figuration and abstraction, the rise of the Black Panthers and the heightened cultural visibility of black women thanks to early feminist artists Betye Saar and Kay Brown.
Soul of A Nation: Art in The Age of Black Power runs from July 12 – October 22. See a preview of the exhibition in the gallery below and find out more information about how to attend here.
header image: Benny Andrews (1903 – 2006) Did The Bear Sit Under A Tree, 1969, Oil On Canvas with painted fabric collage and zipper, 1270 x 1568 x 57 mm, Emanuel Collection © Estate of Benny Andrews/ DACS, London/ VAGA 2017