Sunday, February 18, 2018


By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
William H. Johnson, "John Brown Legend," ca. 1945, oil on board, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.1145
Black History Month 2018 will long be remembered: the Obama portraits painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald; the release of "Black Panther" movie; and also because of a new exhibition of works by William Henry Johnson (1901 – 1970) in Wash., D.C. Born in the Deep South, William Henry Johnson is best known for his colorful, neo-folk depictions of African American life exemplified in his “John Brown Legend,” “Lamentation,” and “Jesus and the Three Mary’s.” During Johnson's career, he explored realism, impressionism, expressionism, and, finally, his powerful folk style. Don't miss William Henry Johnson in “Outliers and American Vanguard Art” at the National Gallery of Art through May 2018.

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Portrait of Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC
Portrait of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC
The portraits of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were unveiled February 12 at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Hollywood released "Black Panther" movie this weekend