Sunday, March 11, 2018


By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
"Adam & Eve" (1937) by Mahmoud Saïd (Egyptian, 1897-1964)
It’s been a week of unusual conversations about race. On Wednesday, Ernest’s mom, who is African American, reported that her tax preparer in Cincinnati asked her, “Aren't you white?” Then on Friday, we saw Eric Coble's new play, “Fairfield” a wickedly funny farce about racism in our schools. In the midst of this, Sotheby’s announced the upcoming auction of “Adam and Eve” by Mahmoud Saïd (1897-1964). The Egyptian painter depicted the two biblical icons with different races. His Adam is African dark and his Eve is European pale, yet in their embrace, they are one love. Great art has the power to reconcile our divisions, and that’s why “Adam and Eve” by Mahmoud Saïd is our art of the week.

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