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Author: Rob Perrée

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Portrait of a Friendship 1: Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin


This is the first article in a series of articles on the friendship between two African American artists, a “friendship beyond understanding”. In every article The Harlem Renaissance plays a role.

Rob Perrée tries to answer the questions the friendship evokes.
Portrait of James Baldwin, 1965 (oil on canvas). Chrysler Museum of Art Collection, Museum

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Raphael Adjetey Adjei Mayne


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King Massassy: Vivre!


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Devan Shimoyama: The Black Queer Male Body


Devan Shimoyama is a young artist from Philadelphia, living in Pittsburgh. He explores the depictions of the black, queer, male body. He is one of the BLOOM generation as presented in TELL ME YOUR STORY. 100 years of storytelling in African Amerikan art. Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, until May 17, 2020.

Rob Perrée writes on his work
Countdown, 2019

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Radcliffe Bailey


For me as an artist, I want to be known as an artist, at the end of the day I want to be known as a human, I just want to be respected. But sometimes I choose for African American artist, in many ways we need to be acknowledged for our contributions to the world. And I think we have given a lot of contributions and a lot of them haven’t been acknowledged.

Rob Perrée interviews Radcliffe Bailey
Nest, 2012 (detail)

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