Charles White: A Retrospective

Museum of Modern Art

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Charles White, Sound of Silence, 1978. Lithograph. The Art Institute of Chicago, Margaret Fisher Fund. © The Charles White Archives. © The Art Institute of Chicago.

“Art must be an integral part of the struggle,” Charles Whiteinsisted. “It can’t simply mirror what’s taking place. … It must ally itself with the forces of liberation.” Over the course of his four-decade career, White’s commitment to creating powerful images of African Americans—what his gallerist and, later, White himself described as “images of dignity”—was unwavering. Using his virtuoso skills as a draftsman, printmaker, and painter, White developed his style and approach over time to address shifting concerns and new audiences. 
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