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ArtsTalk: African Art and the European Formalist Aesthetic

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Have you ever contemplated the influence of African Art on the European classical art tradition? Has cubism always fascinated you? Would you like simply to learn more about this early 20th century avante garde movement in European art?

Pablo Picasso, Ferdinand Leger, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse and Paul Gaugin and many others, all, desiring to move away from classical European art tradition and intrigued by the stark forms found in African imagery, began incorporating African art forms into their works.

Prof. Chandler retired from Simmons College in Boston, MA in 2004 after 33 years of teaching Art and Art History focusing on how African and African American art and experience influenced all art. On our next episode, Prof. Chandler will discuss, how the cubist movement, strongly influenced by African art, transformed the traditional European art aesthetic.

Called "controversial", a "Black Power Artist", "activist artist" and "Outsider Artist", Chandler, 70, was born in 1941 in Lynn, MA. He is best known for the edgy, colorful, controversial and hotly-debated artistic statements of his 1960’s-1980’s works. 

Because he continues to evolve, his messages change to reflect his personal evolution, he is still an interesting, provocative speaker who can speak and/or lecture brilliantly about the historical relevance of his art and his activism to the worldwide struggle for race and gender equality as well as bridge the generation gap that is confounding this country’s leadership and confronting America as we move into the “internationalist” phase of our own evolution.

The show is co-hosted and produced by Dahna M. Chandler, an award-winning journalist and the artist agent for Prof. Dana. C. Chandler.

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