The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art

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Foreward by Andrea D. Barnwell
Introduction by Tritobia Benjamin
Essay by Dr. Walter Evans

Dr. Walter O. Evans first purchased a portfolio of prints by Jacob Lawrence in the late 1970s. Now, more than 20 years after acquiring his first piece of fine art, Dr. Evans owns a phenomenal collection that ranges from choice works by the expatriate artists Mary Edmonia Lewis and Henry Ossawa Tanner to noteworthy pieces by the celebrated innovators Charles White, Richard Hunt, and Archibald J. Motley, Jr. “The Evans Collection” also contains the greatest number of works by foremost artists Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden in private hands.

“The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art” features a broad selection of outstanding works from this important private collection. Eighty colour plates illustrate the aesthetic legacy created by African American artists over more than 150 years. The pioneering landscape painters Edward Mitchell Bannister, Robert Scott Duncanson, and Charles Ethan Porter are represented, as are the modern artists Richmond Barthe and Aaron Douglas, who were progressive participants in the flowering of African American culture during the Harlem Renaissance.

Preceding the plates are six essays related to the collection and the development of African American art. Tritobia Benjamin’s introduction; the foreword by Barnwell, a MacArthur Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Evans’s own “Reflections on Collecting” address the significance of the collection and how it came to be; three other scholarly essays focus on specific artists and their roles in art history. 

Hardcover, 165 pages