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Created by:
Whitfield Lovell, American, born 1959  Search this
Medium:
mixed media : charcoal on paper , ink on cardboard
Dimensions:
H x W: 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
Type:
drawings
portraits
Date:
2006-2011
Caption:
"The importance of home, family, and ancestry feeds my work entirely." - Whitfield Lovell
Each of Whitfield Lovell’s charcoal drawings of unidentified individuals draws the viewer into an intimate world. The child of a mother born in the South and a father of West Indian background, he has drawn on both their traditions—the ability of black southerners to make something out of nothing, and the pride of West Indians who grew up where black families constituted the norm. Starting with found photographs, he lovingly captures their likenesses.
Lovell has often combined his portraits with found objects. In this series, each of his 54 keenly rendered charcoal portraits—both probing and elegant--is paired with one of 54 round playing cards (a deck of 52 plus two jokers).
Description:
A charcoal pencil drawing from Whitfield Lovell's Round Series. A portrait of an African American woman with her hair in two braids framing her face. Beneath, the nine of hearts.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Art  Search this
Families  Search this
Identity  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2011.70.13
Restrictions & Rights:
© Whitfield Lovell, Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Portfolio/Series:
The Card Series II: The Rounds
Classification:
Visual Arts
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5993c5103-5f7f-4bff-a1be-f6947376c6d8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.70.13