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Artist:
James Amos Porter, 22 Dec 1905 - 28 Feb 1970  Search this
Sitter:
James Amos Porter, 22 Dec 1905 - 28 Feb 1970  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 76.4 × 56.2cm (30 1/16 × 22 1/8")
Frame: 90.8 × 70 × 8.4 cm (35 3/4 × 27 9/16 × 3 5/16")
Culture:
James Amos Porter: American\African American  Search this
Type:
Painting
Date:
1957
Exhibition Label:
Born Baltimore, Maryland
An influential artist and art historian, James A. Porter founded the field of African American art history. He chaired Howard University’s Art Department and directed the university’s art gallery from 1953 until his death in 1970. Porter championed unrecognized African American artists through organized exhibitions and published work. His influential Modern Negro Art (1943) placed African American art in the context of the history of modernism for the first time. Porter studied in France, Cuba, and Haiti and traveled in West Africa, Egypt, and Brazil. These trips abroad influenced his work, which was included during his lifetime in exhibitions at major institutions, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Nacido en Baltimore, Maryland
El influyente pintor e historiador del arte James A. Porter fundó el campo de la historia del arte afroamericano. Dirigió el Departamento de Arte de la Universidad Howard, y la galería de exposiciones de dicha institución, desde 1953 hasta su muerte en 1970. A través de sus publicaciones y las exposiciones que organizaba, Porter también promovió a numerosos artistas afroamericanos ignorados. Su prestigioso libro Modern Negro Art (1943) ubicó por primera vez al arte afroamericano en el contexto de la historia del modernismo. Porter estudió en Francia, Cuba y Haití, y viajó por el oeste de África, Egipto y Brasil. Estos periplos por el extranjero influenciaron su obra pictórica, la cual en vida del artista fue expuesta en importantes instituciones como Corcoran Gallery of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts y Museum of Modern Art.
Provenance:
The artist; his wife Dorothy Porter Wesley, Washington, D.C.; gift 1992 to NPG
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Interior\Interior with Exterior View  Search this
Artist's Effects\Paintbrush  Search this
Architecture\Building  Search this
Self-portrait  Search this
James Amos Porter: Male  Search this
James Amos Porter: Literature\Writer  Search this
James Amos Porter: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
James Amos Porter: Education\Educator\Professor\University  Search this
James Amos Porter: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter\Muralist  Search this
James Amos Porter: Visual Arts\Art Historian  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Dorothy Porter Wesley
Object number:
NPG.92.31
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.92.31