Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Robert Colescott

From Tuesday's NYT:

When asked if he didn’t feel an obligation to serve “the black community,” Mr. Colescott replied, “The way that one serves is to serve art first,” adding that “the way you serve art is by being true to yourself.”

- Robert Colescott, an American figurative painter whose garishly powerful canvases lampooned racial and sexual stereotypes with rakish imagery, lurid colors and almost tangible glee, died Thursday at his home in Tucson. He was 83.

pictured above: “George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page From an American History Textbook,” 1975

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