NEWS: Royal Academy of Arts Announces Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers: Black Artists from the American South Exhibition

This newly announced exhibition will run at the Royal Academy of Arts from the 17th March 2023.

Thornton Dial,Stars of Everything, 2004.Souls Grown Deep Foundation © 2022 Estate of Thornton Dial / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London. Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio.

On display in The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries from the 17th March until the 18th June 2023, this newly announced display will showcase unique African American artistic traditions and methods of visual storytelling. 

Featuring around 64 pieces of work by 34 artists from the mid-20th century to the present, this exhibition will reveal how the distinctive creativity of the artists has brought about artworks whose subjects and materials often reverberate with the South’s painful history – the inhuman practice of enslavement, the cruel segregationist policies of the Jim Crow era, institutionalised racism as well as the Civil Rights Movement.

Featuring works in a variety of media including assemblages, sculpture, paintings, reliefs, and drawings, this display features works that have been mainly drawn from he collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia. Although these artists are now well known in the United States, most of the works in this exhibition will be shown for the first time in Europe. Artists whose work features in the exhibition includes: Mary Lee Bendolph (b. 1935), Thornton Dial (1925-2016), Ralph Griffin (1925-1992), Lonnie Holley (b. 1950), Ronald Lockett (1965-1998), Joe Minter (b. 1943), Loretta Pettway (b. 1942), Nellie Mae Rowe (1900-1982), Mary T. Smith (1905-1955), James ‘Son Ford’ Thomas (1926-1993) and Purvis Young (1943-2010)

To find out more and book tickets visit: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/souls-grown-deep

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