The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents Kadir Nelson’s Original Paintings

artwork: 'We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson'. Tour Management by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, Missouri. -  On view at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA from February 7th until June 10th 2012.


Amherst, MA.- The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to present “We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson “, scheduled to open on February 7th and run through June 10th 2012. Award-winning artist and author Kadir Nelson spent seven years researching, writing, and creating striking oil paintings to be included in the brilliantly illustrated book, ‘We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball’, which is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Negro Leagues. During the process of creating the book, Nelson interviewed former Negro League players, traveled to museums around the country, pored over old photographs, firsthand testimonies and documentaries, and collected baseball memorabilia. He posed and photographed himself in original uniforms with the intention of putting himself in the shoes of a former Negro Leaguer to recreate an authentic depiction of life in baseball’s Negro Leagues.