|“Shifting Possibilities of Beauty” Jan 21-Feb 25, 2017|
at Essie Green Galleries Essie Green Galleries
(Image: William S. Carter, 'Mirage of Color Woman')
Event Description: “Beauty is very subjective. What one person defines as being beautiful may be different from another person, which makes discussing beauty difficult. Today it may appear that beauty plays a less important role in contemporary art. It is not completely absent from contemporary art but it does not define art of today. Art has become more about the message and the thought it provokes. Depending on the artist’s intention, beauty may or may not be important to get the message across. Beauty is a suspect word among some in the art world. Some say Basquiat demonstrates that you can get along without it. Beauty is no longer the confirmation of meaning in life. Work can be very good and very successful without being able to call it beautiful, even if it's not what you may call a pleasurable sensation. The idea of beauty changes, and sometimes things of beauty today were seen as ugly yesterday. History shows that evolution, in art, sometimes requires making work that's 'ugly.' Yet, who would want to do without beauty? (Image: William S. Carter, 'Mirage of Color Woman,' Mixed Media, No Date) ...” — Read more: Essie Green Galleries-Shifting Possibilities of Beauty
About the Artist: “William S. Carter (1909-1996) - Because no art school in Missouri would accept Black students, upon graduating high school Carter received a Missouri State Scholarship that enabled him to attend The Art Institute in Chicago. Arriving in Chicago, from his native St. Louis, in 1930, Carter began his serious training at The Art Institute. For a while he earned his room and board working as a live janitor at the Palette and Chisel Club; a private club for white only artists. (He was made an honorary member in 1986.) He also worked at the WPA, which gave him access to major galleries and a stipend. After that, he painted for the Black community, a patronage that included everyone from policy-wheel operators to preachers. During the late 30’s and early 40’s he taught art at the historic South Side Community Art Center in Chicago. While in his forties, he returned to the University of Illinois to complete a bachelor’s degree that he began 20 years earlier. Upon graduation he worked many years as a substitute teacher while continuing to create his own work. In his 80's, Carter was still energized with an artistic spirit supported by a dedicated discipline ... Carter spent his entire life fulfilling his childhood dream to be a painter. His life long search for beauty is especially poignant because of what he had to endure while following his muse. Carter’s presence on the Chicago art scene represents more than 60 years of creative visual expression ... To encounter a William S. Carter painting is an opportunity to experience the artistic energy and vision of a man who would not let his dream die ...” — Read more: Essie Green Galleries-William S. Carter
About the Venue: “Essie Green Galleries features the works of Black Masters such as Romare Bearden, Charles Alston, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Charles Ethan Porter, Edwin Bannister, Allen Stringfellow Sam Gilliam Alma Thomas, William S. Carter and many other artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. We also are contributors and exhibitors at distinguished institutions such as The Smithsonian in Washington D.C., The High Museum in Atlanta, and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, the College of William and Mary in Virginia, The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford CT, the Studio Museum in Harlem and The Katzen Center at American University in Washington D.C.” — Read more: Essie Green Galleries-AboutFor further information about the Venue: Essie Green Galleries, Essie Green Galleries-Shifting Possibilities of Beauty and Essie Green Galleries-About. For further information about the Artist: Essie Green Galleries-William S. Carter. Related article: https://www.harlemonestop.com/event/24654/shifting-possibilities-of-beauty.