This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!
In 2010, four Black Men, artists in Oakland: Jimi Evins, Ted Pontiflet, Ronnie Prosser, and James Reid, participated in a group show called: Love of Art: Show and Sale. Eight years later we mourn the loss of yet another artist, James Reid, whose funeral is this morning, Friday, August 10, 11 a.m., in West Oakland at Baker Atkins Mortuary, 980 8th Street. Ronnie passed a few years ago.
In these three (3) conversations the men speak about their work, inspiration, and how they shape perception since American society does not value artists. The men respect each other and speak appreciatively about one another's work. The show was intimate and fun at James Reid's gallery at Studio 750A 14th St. @ Brush, Oakland. It's not often that the public had an opportunity to see work like this at a price one could afford to take home.
The three shows were: Feb. 19, 26 and March 5, 2010.
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