THE MORGAN ACQUIRES DRAWINGS BY MAJOR TWENTIETH-CENTURY AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS FROM THE SOUTH

The Morgan Library & Museum is delighted to announce the acquisition of eleven drawings by five major twentieth-century African-American artists from the South. Largely self-taught, these artists—Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Henry Speller, Luster Willis, and Purvis Young—use drawing to express their personal and cultural identity, finding inspiration in their own lives, as well as in common experiences and folk imagery. The Morgan acquired the drawings through a gift-purchase agreement from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, whose mission is to preserve and promote the works of African-American artists from the Southern United States.

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