February is Black History Month, which gives galleries a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase outstanding works by African-Americans. How beautiful can it be? The answer lies in this New York gallery.

New York’s Grenning Gallery offers an exhibition aimed at celebrating the beauty that African-American artists have to offer next month. Opening February 4 and running through March 5, “Expanding Tradition: The Journey of the African-American Artist” tells an important story about artists who seldom receive the attention they deserve. Curated with Andreé MiChelle — a local African-American writer launching her latest book, Escape Under Cover: The Ola Mae Story — the exhibition will feature Mario Robinson (b.1970), George Morton (b.1983), Philip Smallwood (b.1957), Roger Beckles (b.1958), James Hoston (b.1963), Irvin Rodriguez (b.1988), and Jas Knight (b.1977).

Jas Knight, “The Yellow Hijab,” 2014, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 in. (c) Grenning Gallery 2017
Jas Knight, “The Yellow Hijab,” 2014, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 in. (c) Grenning Gallery 2017

Via the gallery: “Few African-American artists have been given major solo museum shows, and works by 19th and 20th century African-American artists are generally undervalued by the art market relative to those by white artists of equal standing. Only a handful of Black artists — Mark Bradford, Glenn Ligon, and Julie Mehretu to name a few, have made it into the upper reaches of the market with works that fetch millions of dollars at auction. While museums slowly work towards the advancement of racial diversity in the art world, certain private galleries like Jack Shainman Gallery and Papillion Art are beacons of support that serve this under-represented group. And this month, in our small way, the Grenning Gallery is doing our best by showcasing emerging and mid-career African-American Artists.”

George Morton, “Mars,” 2016, charcoal on paper, 24 x 19 in. (C) Grenning Gallery 2017
George Morton, “Mars,” 2016, charcoal on paper, 24 x 19 in. (C) Grenning Gallery 2017
Mario Robinson, “Plum,” 2013, watercolor, 9 x 12 in. (c) Grenning Gallery 2017
Mario Robinson, “Plum,” 2013, watercolor, 9 x 12 in. (c) Grenning Gallery 2017

10 percent of the opening day’s sales will go towards the Eastville Community Historical Society.

To learn more, visit Grenning Gallery.

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Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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