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REMEMBERING A LEGEND
John Wilson: Eternal Presence, a retrospective of drawings, paintings, prints and sculpture by a remarkable artist whose career has spanned nearly seven decades. Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. in 1922, Wilson was one of the many talented students who studied under Karl Zerbe at the Museum School in Boston during the 1940’s.
He was part of a group that later became known as Boston Expressionists. But Wilson’s art cannot be viewed solely through an expressive lens.
By considering his work with Léger in Paris, collaborations with the Taller de Grafica Popular in Mexico and finally commemorative portraits of the late Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, viewers will be able to trace a complex trajectory of the changing artistic and social landscape over the course of the last century.
Designed as a tribute to the history of black people in Massachusetts, this idealized head has what Wilson describes as “a symbolic black presence infused with a sense of universal humanity.” His concern with the social and political condition of African-Americans has influenced his search for an artistic language that expresses the essential and spiritual qualities of humankind.
John Wilson’s Eternal Presence is a study for the full size, seven-foot tall sculpture which stands outside of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Roxbury, Boston.
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