Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas

I was actually invited to go see this with Rick Rubin the other day while he was in town, but was not able to meet up. I hope to check it out soon.

Opened recently at the New Museum here in New York, Emory Douglas: Black Panther:
Some of Emory Douglas’s images are nearly forty years old, but they are still as powerful as when Douglas first created them. They are dangerous pictures, and they were meant to change the world. Emory Douglas was the Revolutionary Artist of the Black Panther Party and subsequently became its Minister of Culture, part of the national leadership. He created the overall design of the Black Panther, the Party’s weekly newspaper, and oversaw its layout and production until the Black Panthers disbanded in 1979–80.

Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, Douglas made countless artworks, illustrations, and cartoons, which were reproduced in the paper and distributed as prints, posters, cards, and even sculptures. All of them utilized a straightforward graphic style and a vocabulary of images that would become synonymous with the Party and the issues it fought for.
In the NYT: Emory Douglas
(from Dangerous Minds)

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