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Tyrone Geter: Black!

The Art of Tyrone Geter: BLACK!
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The art of Tyrone Geter extends the most important 20th century development in African American visual arts—the emergence of a black figurative tradition. Whereas caricature and stereotypic distortions of black physiognomy defined black iconography early in the 20th century, African American artists rejected the depictions and strove to create a positive, empathetic image of black Americans. Meta Warrick Fuller, Augusta Savage, Archibald Motley and others pioneered sympathetic portrayals of blacks and black life in art. The generation that followed—Lois Mailou Jones, Hale Woodruff, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, John Biggers, Herman “Kofi” Bailey, and John Wilson—soon produced a robust figurative tradition that elevated how black people saw themselves. By the third quarter of the century, black representation had become effectively humanized and greatly broadened in its purview. Within Geter’s own generation, muscular figurative expression blossomed with the work of artists such as Calvin Jones, Jon Lockhard, Pheoris West, Paul Goodnight and Barkley Hendricks.

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