TRUTH & BEAUTY: CHARLES WHITE AND HIS CIRCLE
Benny Andrews (1930-2006) Richmond Barthé (1901-1989) John Biggers (1924-2000) Eldzier Cortor (1916-2015) Ernest Crichlow (1914-2005) Aaron Douglas (1899-1979) Philip Evergood (1901-1973) William Gropper (1897-1977) Robert Gwathmey (1903-1988) Ben Shahn (1898-1969) Raphael Soyer (1894-1986) Charles White (1918-1979) Hale Woodruff (1900-1980)
Truth & Beauty: Charles White and Friends reflects on the five decade career of Charles White and traces the trajectory of his most influential relationships forged in and around Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Mirroring the defining work created during these phases of his life, the friendships that White cultivated in each of these cities is a testament to his lasting significance and legacy as an artist, activist and educator. The exhibition represents the artist’s formative years in Chicago’s South Side, where he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was deeply involved in organizations like the Art Crafts Guild and The South Side Community Art Center. It also evidences the impact White had on artist communities and institutions in New York, Mexico, and Southern California, including the Art Students League, 306 Studio, the Harlem Artist’s Guild, and the Spiral Group. Other artists featured in the exhibition include Benny Andrews, Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Ernest Crichlow, Aaron Douglas, William Gropper, Kerry James Marshall, Archibald J. Motley Jr., John Outterbridge, Gordon Parks, Marion Perkins, Charles Sebree, Raphael Soyer, and Harry Sternberg.