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History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence

January 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017

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History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence provides a comprehensive overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence’s (1917–2000) printmaking oeuvre, produced from 1963 to 2000. Lawrence started exploring printmaking as an already well-established artist. Printmaking suited his bold formal and narrative style exceptionally well. The relationship between his painting and printmaking were intertwined, with the artist revisiting and remaking earlier paintings as prints.

The exhibition explores three major themes that occupied the artist’s graphic works. Lawrence was primarily concerned with the narration of African-American experiences and histories. His acute observations of community life, work, struggle, and emancipation during his lifetime were rendered alongside vividly imagined chronicles of the past. The past and present in his practice are intrinsically linked, providing insight into the social, economic and political realities that continue to impact and shape contemporary society today.

This exhibition is organized by SCAD Museum of Art and is made possible with support from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation.

<i>Forest Creatures</i>, 1969, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); etching and drypoint on wove paper, edition of 28; 18 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Forest Creatures, 1969, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); etching and drypoint on wove paper, edition of 28; 18 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

<i>Forward Together</i>, 1997, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); silkscreen on paper; 25 1/2 x 40 1/8 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Forward Together, 1997, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); silkscreen on paper; 25 1/2 x 40 1/8 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

<i>Two Rebels</i>, 1963, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); lithograph on Rives paper from a plate hand-drawn by the artist, 30 x 20 1/8 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Two Rebels, 1963, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); lithograph on Rives paper from a plate hand-drawn by the artist, 30 x 20 1/8 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

<i>The Studio</i>, 1996, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); lithograph on paper; 30 x 22 1/8 inches; Courtesy of  The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Studio, 1996, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); lithograph on paper; 30 x 22 1/8 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

<i>Stained Glass Windows</i>, 2000, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); silkscreen on paper; 32 x 25 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Stained Glass Windows, 2000, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); silkscreen on paper; 32 x 25 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

<i>Revolt on the Amistad</i>, 1989, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); silkscreen on paper; 40 1/8 x 32 1/8 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Revolt on the Amistad, 1989, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); silkscreen on paper; 40 1/8 x 32 1/8 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

<i>Memorabilia</i>, 1990, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); lithograph on paper, 31 1/4 x 22 7/8 inches; Courtesy of  The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Memorabilia, 1990, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); lithograph on paper, 31 1/4 x 22 7/8 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

<i>Olympic Games</i>, 1971, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); screen print on paper; 42 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Olympic Games, 1971, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); screen print on paper; 42 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

<i>The Builders (Family)</i>, 1974, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); silkscreen on paper; 34 x 25 3/4 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Builders (Family), 1974, by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000); silkscreen on paper; 34 x 25 3/4 inches; Courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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