Black Excellist: 10 Trailblazing Black Visual Artists

Black Excellist: 10 Trailblazing Black Visual Artists

Black Excellist: 10 Trailblazing Black Visual Artists

00:00 Intro
1:35 Gordon Parks
3:11 Jean-Michel Basquiat
4:33 James Van Der Zee
5:40 Augusta Savage
7:11 Jacob Lawrence
8:13 Edmonia Lewis
9:49 Lorna Simpson
11:09 Kara Walker
12:23 E. Simms Campbell
13:22 Horace Pippin
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African American artists have helped shape the visual culture of the United States by working outside of the convention of their respective fields while defying discrimination and professional stereotypes. Often channeling their familial backgrounds and personal experiences in their work, these creative figures have influenced and inspired much of American art’s evolution. Collectively, their bodies of work should not only be seen as a narrative of the African American experience of their time, but also a powerful expression of cultural protest.

Unfortunately, throughout history—both in the United States and beyond—artists of color have not aptly been recognized for their talents, achievements, and contributions. However, contemporary audiences are becoming increasingly interested in diversity in the arts, prompting museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions to shine an overdue spotlight on the work of African American artists.

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  1. Kara Walker is without a doubt a graphic arts genius. But the images she produces, that look like an angel passing gas in the sky and a Black woman defecating from up in a tree while simultaneously eating the tree, suggests to me that this sister is emotionally, and or, mentally disturbed. I sincerely, sincerely hope she gets healed.

  2. 1. 1:35 Gordon Parks
    2. 3:11 Jean-Michel Basquiat
    3. 4:33 James Van Der Zee
    4. 5:40 Augusta Savage
    5. 7:11 Jacob Lawrence
    6. 8:13 Edmonia Lewis
    7. 9:49 Lorna Simpson
    8. 11:09 Kara Walker
    9. 12:23 E. Simms Campbell
    10. 13:22 Horace Pippin

  3. thank you for the wonderful presented and informative vlog. Can you also cover black artist artist from around the world sometime soon?

  4. I’m a UK based Art teacher and showed this to all my classes during black history month. They have loved it but all spotted that Basquiat’s date of birth was wrong because they saw in a text book that he died at age 27 and it makes him look just 20 in what you have said. Asides that you have offered inspiration to my students which is essential.

  5. Amazing presentation of extremely gifted individuals and their contributions. Thanks and have a great weekend.

  6. This is fantastic, having studied art for years I’d only heard of two of these artists. Education is so important, thank you.

  7. Excellent video, as a illustrator myself this collection of black artist’s all in one video is Priceless. Thanks for taking the time.🙏🏿 🇬🇧

  8. Great video. So glad you are all on youtube educating the masses. Don’t know if you have already considered/completed it, but I would love to see a video on the best selling black authors deceased and alive.

  9. E. Simms Campbell is just another in a long, long, long line of talented Black men willing to degrade the whole race for personal success and fortune. I hope and pray he gets healed.

  10. With regards to Jean-Michel Basquiat:
    He wasn’t merely a black artist, he was an Afro-hatian-latino/Hatian-latino/Afro-latino artist. His Father was from Haiti and his Mother was Puerto Rican, born to Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn, NYC. So she was on effect, a New York Rican. Jean-Michele spoke Spanish at home and also incorporated Spanish words in his art works.
    By conveniently erasing his Puerto Rican heritage and claiming him as merely black, you nullify the totality of Basquiat’s being and impact as both a person and an artist!
    He wouldn’t be who he was and created the art that he did w/o both sides of his Ethnic heritage.
    Please STOP conveniently appropriating him as just a black artist and recognize the added factor of his having been Afro-hispanic!
    It’s insultive and hurtful to erase the Spanish side of his ethnicity. He wouldn’t have been the incredible artist that he was without his Spanish side as well.
    Don’t white wash his legacy to conviniently fit a black narrative. You can’t erase his Puerto Rican/Latino side no matter how hard you may try!

  11. I been painting since HS, I want to be an artist for inspiring people. I watch this video so I can learn from them to be a better artist. Thank you for the informative artists, I have much research to do!

  12. How do I get in this list?
    Loved these artists
    There’s a lot of indie unknown black artists not listed

  13. Love this! (Pronunciation corrections: Arna BON-Tom, Jean-MEshell Basquiat, the Augusta Savage sculpture, is Gam-MEEN).

  14. As an artist (animator) i have to say this is one of my favourite, i am hoping in future to see more of us in Animation industry.

  15. Just found this channel. Liked commented and subscribed. check, check, check. Im here for the black history lessons

  16. Great video 🎨 I appreciate you encouraging the overdue spotlight of African American artists✊🏾

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