Celebration: A Black History Exhibition at Essie Green Galleries
Reception this Saturday, February 18th, 2012, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Essie Green Galleries
New York, NY (Entrance is on the garden level on 148th St.)
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, February 18th, 2012 – A suite of silkcreen prints by Phoebe Beasley, along with works by notable artists Charles Ethan Porter, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Romare Bearden, and William S. Carter, among others, will be featured in the exhibition, Celebration: A Black History Exhibition, at the renowned Essie Green Galleries, February 11th – March 10th, 2012.
Phoebe Beasley completed a collaboration with Dr. Maya Angelou in which she created several striking collage-like color silkscreen prints from poems by Langston Hughes for a limited edition portfolio and book. Dr. Angelou selected the poems and titled the masterful compilation, Sunrise is Coming After While.
The beauty of Beasley's work lies in its truth. Her paintings tell stories about the lives of real people: the frailty of old age, the plight of the underclass, moments of intimacy, love, and humor. Her work was described as "a visual facet of humanism," quoted in the Chicago Defender. "You have to subordinate emotion to good composition," Beasley described her approach to the Atlanta Constitution. "You try to put history in it but you need the composition, too."
Beasley's work is known worldwide and was showcased at the Holler Museum in Bonn, West Germany. Her work also appeared at the Eva Dorong Gallery in West Hollywood, California, the Phoenix Arts Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, Howard University Museum of African-American Art, Artis Lane Gallery, American Telephone and Telegraph Exhibit and the Gallery/Tanner In addition, she has an impressive list of celebrity collectors, including Maya Angelou, Bill Russell, Oprah Winfrey, Ron and Charlayne Hunter Gault, Gordon Parks, and Marla Gibbs.
Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Beasley is the only artist to receive two Presidential Seals on her artwork, one from President Bush in 1989, and from President Clinton in 1993. She was also honored by the State Department for her participation in the Arts in Embassies Program, and has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States, including a show mounted by the Smithsonian Institution entitled, In The Spirit of Martin, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The founders of Essie Green Galleries were mentored by acclaimed artist Romare Bearden. Following his guidance, the gallery specializes in exhibiting the works of America’s Black Masters since 1978.
Essie Green Galleries is located at 419A Convent Avenue, New York, NY, 10031 in the Sugar Hill Historic District of Harlem. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-6pm. For more information please contact Sherman Edmiston, 212-368-9635 or visit www.essiegreengalleries.com.