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Benny Andrews
Black Bird

1980

$850

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Benny Andrews (American, 1930-2006) "Black Bird", Abstract Lithograph signed in rear of Print, 30 x 22.25, Late 20th Century, 1980 Colors: Black, Grey, White, Green, Red, Orange, Yellow Benny Andrews was a notable African American painter born to sharecroppers in Plainview, GA. His artistic talent was nurtured early on by his parents, who taught him the importance of creativity and education. Despite a rough time in early education, Andrews graduated high school in 1948. He attended two years of Fort Valley State College, before enlisting in the US Air Force, where he served from 1950 to 1954. With his military earnings, Andrews was able to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. With no formal training, he began to develop his Figurative style by observing those around him.

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  • Creator
    Benny Andrews (1930-2006, American)
  • Creation Year
    1980
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 22.25 in. (56.52 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
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  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU75232718923

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About the Artist

Benny Andrews

Using an innovative technique he called “rough collage,” Benny Andrews created vivid portraits of everyday people that mixed painting with pieces of clothing and other textural materials.Andrews grew up in a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, his creativity nurtured by his father, who was a self-taught artist, and his mother, who believed in the importance of education. He was the first in his family to complete high school and attended Fort Valley State College on a 4-H Club scholarship. Andrews was limited by the lack of art courses available to him at Fort Valley, and in 1950 he enlisted in the Air Force and served in the Korean War. On the G.I. Bill, he studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). While fellow students focused on Abstract Expressionism, Andrews developed his own expressive style; one of his earliest portraits was of the janitors at SAIC. After he graduated in 1958, he moved to New York. ​​Andrews’s first solo show was in 1960 at Paul Kessler Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts.Visibility and social justice were at the forefront of Benny Andrews’s paintings, which meditated on scenes of daily life, drawing on memories of the artist’s childhood in the South. His subjects included his family members as well as other artists, such as Alice Neel, Norman Lewis and Howardena Pindell.A longtime educator, including for three decades at New York’s Queens College, Andrews avidly promoted opportunities for Black artists, such as cofounding with Clifford R. Joseph the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition in 1969, which advocated for inclusion in museum exhibitions. One of his final works —completed between 2004 and 2006 — was the Migrant Series in which he retraced the forced relocation of Indigenous people on the Trail of Tears, the Dust Bowl migration and the displacement of Hurricane Katrina survivors.Andrews’s work has continued to garner acclaim after his death in 2006, with posthumous exhibitions including “Benny Andrews: Portraits, a Real Person Before the Eyes” at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York in 2020.Find Benny Andrews art on 1stDibs.
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