Who Are Some Famous African-American Artists?


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Famous African-American artists who contributed to the cultural perspectives through their artwork include Jacob Lawrence, Kara Walker, Laura Wheeler and Jean-Michel Basquiat. They are among the most influential artists who addressed social issues through their work.

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Walker is famous for her use of silhouettes made of paper that addressed issues of gender, race and black history. Basquiat is famous for his graffiti work that spoke for the Latino and African-American art world. Wheeler is famous for her portraits of people from the Civil Rights Movement and NAACP. Lawrence is popular for his Migration Series and was the first African-American to join Edith Halpert’s Downtown Gallery.

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